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I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). I have extensive experience with a wide range of difficulties experienced by children and their families.
As a parent myself, I recognise the importance of being able to access help when your child needs it. Unfortunately this is much less possible through the NHS and so I decided to set up a private practice to respond to the growing need of families who are unable to get the help they need from the NHS or who prefer to pursue a private route
When I meet with a family for the first time I aim to get a comprehensive picture of the issues and then plan with all concerned how we might help overcome the difficulties. I use a range of different approaches in the way I work with children and young people and will adapt it depending upon the difficulty and the needs of the young person and family. I can see young people in their homes or schools to minimise the disruption to family life.
To find out more about my practice please visit my website - www.oxfordshirechildpsychology.co.uk
Areas of interest
I am a very experienced Clinical Psychologist who has worked with children, adolescents and their families for many years.
I am happy to see children and adolescents struggling with the following issues:- Autistic spectrum disorder; Asperger's syndrome; Autism; Worry and Anxiety difficulties; Phobias; Fears; Panic attacks; Depression and low mood; Low self esteem; Family difficulties; Sleep difficulties; Eating and feeding difficulites; Problem behaviour; Separation and divorce; Educational under achievement; Attachment issues; Bereavement; Sibling rivalry; Anger management ~
I am also happy to work with parents to develop strategies to help their child overcome the difficulties they are experiencing.
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Physical disability
Current NHS consultant posts held
I used to work as Clinical Lead for a CAMHS team in Northamptonshire but finished in January 2014 so that I could devote more time to my private practice. I occasionally provide some locum work to the NHS.
How stories can be used to help children overcome difficulties.
Children and Families who are Deaf
Robson, S & Briant, N. (2009) ‘ What did they think? An evaluation of the satisfaction and perceived helpfulness of a training programme developed as an indirect intervention for foster carers’ Journal of Adoption & Fostering 33(2) 33-44
Briant, N. & Kennedy, A. (2004) ‘Field Report: An Investigation of the Perceived Needs and Priorities held by African Refugees in an Urban Setting in a First Country of Asylum’. Journal of Refugee Studies 17 (4) 437-459
Cook, N. (2002) ‘Cross Cultural Work: A whole new world?’ Clinical Psychology 18 (October) 14-19
Cook, N., Childs, L. & Tyrrell, S. (2001) ‘User involvement: developing the confidence to learn together’. Clinical Psychology Forum 150 (April) 23-26
Cook, N. (2000) ‘Choosing a Clinical Course’. Clinical Psychology Forum 144 (October) 45-46
Doctoral Research: “Stories People Tell: An investigation of the narratives of personal stories told by autistic and non-autistic children and adolescents” (2001)
- D. Clin. Psych. Oxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology 2001
Affiliations / memberships
Registered with the HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council)
Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
Member of the Division of Clinical Psychologists of the BPS
On the register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.