Dr Amber Elliott
Dr Amber Elliott, The Child Psychology Service’s Director and Consultant Clinical Psychologist, is a successful published author (“Why Can’t My Child Behave?” 2013). Dr Elliott has over fourteen years’ experience in the NHS and Local Authorities. She is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, on the Register of Approved Psychology Practice Supervisors and she is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council
I have been working in the field of psychological assessment and intervention with children and adults since 2001. During this period, I have worked in a variety of areas with adults and children and their mental health, emotional, behavioural and social difficulties.
My specialism and passion is in psychological support for Looked After and Adopted Children. I have a particular interest in developmental trauma and have been informed by Attachment and Infant Mental Health literature and its use in understanding the impact of early care on children’s psychological functioning and brain development.
I’m passionate about supporting children and adults impacted by the trauma of neglect and abuse. This has been the primary drive in my work for many years. I steadfastly believe that unless parents and carers are supported, nurtured and respected by people like me then they cannot do their best for their children. The world of caring for traumatised children can be so hostile, scary and punitive that I wanted to create a safe place for children, foster carers and adopters to relax and thrive.
Claire is the Office Manager for TCPS. Claire graduated from university in 2003. Since then she has gained over 10 years’ administrative experience working in both small organisations and large corporations. Claire has a wealth of experience in working with people from a wide range of backgrounds and ages.
The joy and motivation to work for TCPS is to bring my organisation skills and also my friendly and bubbly character to make it as easy and as comfortable as possible for families and professionals to get in touch with us.
I am very family orientated, passionate about my work and determined to help support the high quality work that TCPS does.
Dr Adele Freeman
Dr Adele Freeman, Clinical Lead & Clinical Psychologist, completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology in 1996. After this, Adele spent some years in Australia and worked for both the statutory and voluntary sectors with adults with severe and enduring mental illnesses. In 2006 Adele embarked upon her doctoral training. During this time, she sought out as many opportunities as possible to work with children and families and since qualifying, she has worked for a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Birmingham. Adele has a certificate in Non-Violent Resistance (NVR), an approach designed to strengthen family relationships and reduce conflict.
During my training I discovered an interest in attachment theory and in the experiences of adopted and fostered children and their families. I also found I had an affinity with approaches which are non-blaming, prioritise respect in therapeutic relationships, and which recognise the strengths and abilities that families can use to overcome their difficulties. For me, TCPS represents the best combination of offering effective, evidence-based interventions delivered within a framework of compassion, dedication and integrity. TCPS offers a high quality service that is tailored to the unique needs of each child and family. Working in an organisation that supports and encourages these values is very important to me.
Dr Jill Mack
Dr Jill Mack is a Counselling Psychologist who began training in psychology in 2003, later embarking on her doctoral training in 2012. Jill has worked within a trauma service over the last 10 years, working with children, adults and families with a range of traumatic experiences. Whilst working within this service, Jill supported families bereaved by homicide as well as being Project Lead for a police and crime commissioning service that supported children and young people affected by crime. She is a member of the British Psychological Society and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
I hold a strong belief that every child, young person and adult can reach their potential with the right support and care. This belief has led me to a keen interest in trauma and attachment and the impact on those who do not have this important relational experiences at the start of life. I believe that the impact of early neglect and trauma is often misunderstood, as well as the way in which these families are supported.
A core value of my work therefore includes facilitating a nurturing connection in relationships. I feel privileged to be able to work alongside carers and their children, professionals and the team here at TCPS, towards a shared goal of promoting positive relationships. Ultimately, I believe the most important source of safety and the best route to recovery for traumatised children will be the relationships they have with those people who make them feel safe.
Dr Aarti Daya
Dr. Aarti Daya is a Clinical Psychologist who completed her undergraduate degree in psychology in 2007. She worked in the NHS mental health services for five years and completed three years of postgraduate study to graduate with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Aarti has worked with people across the lifespan within community services, in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and with looked after children in residential care.
During my training I was given the opportunity to work with children in care which really shaped my understanding of the difficulties these young people can face. I was lucky to be on a course which provided teaching on attachment theory and gave me my first taster of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Through this my passion for working with children and their families grew, particularly in the use of empathic and nurturing approaches. I felt compelled to join TCPS as it offers a service where the interests of young people and their families are at the heart of the work that we do. I believe that we will continue to provide a high quality service which aims to meet the unique needs of the young people we work with.
Dr Shivani Chotai
Dr. Shivani Chotai completed her Clinical Psychology doctorate at Staffordshire and Keele Universities. Shivani has worked in the NHS for six years and engaged in therapeutic interventions with people across the life span. Shivani has worked in services for children with social and communication difficulties, mental health difficulties and/or learning disabilities. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
My aims are to understand the psychological and emotional needs of the children that I work with and to help families explore the impact of early attachment experiences. It is really important for me to work collaboratively with families to create a safe space where children can learn to trust and begin to feel secure enough to explore emotions and integrate previous experiences. Building positive relationships is central to TCPS and I hope to convey a similar sense of safety and nurture with the families and systems that I work with.
Dr Emmi Honeybourne-Ward
Dr Emmi Honeybourne-Ward is a Clinical Psychologist who completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2008. She went on to work in NHS mental health services for five years prior to undertaking her three-year Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Emmi went on to spend two years working therapeutically with Looked After and Adopted Children and foster carers alongside acting as a consulting Psychologist within a team of social workers in children’s services in London. During this time she undertook training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.
Working with fostered and adopted children and their families is my main interest. I believe that a good understanding of attachment theory and developmental trauma is essential in this work and that finding ways to strengthen safety in relationships is key to improving well-being. This approach is shared across the team here at TCPS and I feel privileged to be working for an organisation providing such a high quality, safe and effective service.
Jane Campsill is a Therapeutic Life Story Practitioner, trained in the Richard Rose model. Jane started her therapeutic training in 2010. Prior to joining TCPS Jane worked within therapeutic communities, supporting children and young people who have suffered complex and prolonged trauma and adverse childhood experiences in their earlier life. Jane has also completed an undergraduate degree in Therapeutic Parenting.
I am extremely passionate in supporting children and young people that have been removed from the care of their birth families to help them make sense of some of their early life experiences. I think what has stood out for me in my work is the depth of damage that trauma can have upon a child and the emotional gaps they are left with. These are gaps, which profoundly impact children themselves and the people caring for them. Having said that it never ceases to amaze me how much resilience, strength and hope children can have. I love that my work offers children a chance to explore, question and understand past events of their life. It gives them an empowered voice which most children have never had before and supports them, alongside their key attachment figure, to feel safer in their present and move forward to envision their future.