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Our Therapists

Meet our expert team of speech & language therapists and occupational therapists who are here to support you and your family.

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Lisa Heywood

Occupational Therapist

“Since qualifying as an Occupational Therapist I have worked in a number of teams in the NHS including CAMHS, Neurodevelopmental services, Mental Health in Schools Team as well as Adult Mental Health. I have also had the opportunity to work abroad in New Zealand as an OT and in China as a teaching assistant. I have specialist skills at working with children and young people with neurodevelopmental conditions such as ASD and ADHD. I use a sensory integration approach as well as mental health and occupation-based approaches. I have extensive experience of facilitating groups with young people to address mental health needs such as anxiety and emotional regulation. I also enjoy delivering parent and teacher workshops.”

Professional Registration

  • Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC)

  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT)

  • RCOT Specialist Section - Independent Practice

Postgraduate Training

  • Sensory Integration Practitioner

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Personal Construct Psychology (PCP)

  • Solution Focused Therapy

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Elizabeth Gray

Occupational Therapist

“Since graduating I have worked in a variety of settings within schools and in the NHS, including adult mental health (acute, inpatient and community), Dementia services, Children’s Neurodevelopmental Service and the Mental Health in Schools Team. I love working with children and young people, and have lots of experience working with Autism and ADHD. I am a sensory integration (SI) practitioner and this knowledge underpins my practice. I also enjoy using creative and practical approaches, especially when addressing mental health difficulties such as anxiety and low self-esteem. I am confident in facilitating groups with young people to explore ways of managing anxiety, building resilience and regulating emotions. I also enjoy delivering parent and teacher workshops on topics such as sensory difficulties, ADHD and anxiety.”

Professional Registration

  • Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC)

  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT)

  • RCOT Specialist Section - Independent Practice

Postgraduate Training

  • Sensory Integration Practitioner

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Personal Construct Psychology (PCP)

  • Solution Focused Therapy

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Terri Deegan

Occupational Therapist

I qualified as an occupational therapist in 2016 and then as a sensory integration practitioner in 2021. The combination of the two qualifications has enabled me to develop the expertise to specialize in children and adolescent mental health, learning disabilities and autism, including sensory processing difficulties. I also have experience working with adults with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions. I am an advocate for child centred practice and am somewhat passionate about ensuring all interventions I deliver are purposeful and meaningful to the young people I work with. It is important to me to provide a high standard of quality care and support to young people to enable them to reach their full potential and to progress in reaching their goals. 

Professional Registration

  • Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC)

  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT)

  • RCOT Specialist Section - Independent Practice

Postgraduate Training

  • Sensory Integration Practitioner

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Personal Construct Psychology (PCP)

  • Solution Focused Therapy

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Katie Western

Director &

Speech and Language Therapist

“Since qualifying as a Speech and Language Therapist I have worked in both NHS and private sectors with children, young people and families with a wide range of needs. I have extensive experience and postgraduate training in working with people of all ages who stammer and also autistic children. I love to utilise solution-focused, parent-led approaches. I have a lot of positive energy and like to work flexible and creatively to achieve great outcomes.”

Professional Registration

  • Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC)

  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)

  • Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP)

Postgraduate Training

  • Level 1 PROMPT trained clinician

  • Paediatric Autism Communication Therapy (PACT)

  • Palin Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCI)

  • Gestalt Language Processing

  • City Lit Adult Stammering Course

  • SCERTS

  • Makaton

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Lorna McKirgan

Speech and Language Therapist

“After completing my Masters degree at University College London I began my career working with a range of both pre-school and primary school aged children in London.  I have since specialised in working with preschool children with a range of communication difficulties. I have specialist skills in treating language delay and disorders, speech delay and disorders, early dysfluency, selective mutism, autism and other social communication difficulties.”

Professional Registration

  • Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC)

  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)

  • Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP)

Postgraduate Training

  • SCERTS

  • Gestalt Language Processing

  • Palin Parent Child Interaction Therapy

  • Lidcombe Program

  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

  • Makaton

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Jenny Wilkinson

Speech and Language Therapist

Since qualifying as a Speech and Language therapist in 2016 I worked within the NHS for seven years before moving to the private sector. Before this I worked as a nursing assistant, and I was inspired to retrain after seeing the benefits that Speech and Language Therapy could bring with a family member. I have experience of working with children and young people from preschool to secondary school age, with a wide range of communication needs such as language delay and disorders, speech delay and disorders, stammering, autism, selective mutism and complex needs. I am committed to delivering quality and individualised therapy working with children, parents and education staff to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Professional Registration

  • Healthcare Professions Council

  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)

Postgraduate Training

  • SCERTS

  • Makaton

  • Lidcombe Program

  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy

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Lizzy Coughlan

Speech and Language Therapist

"After working in a special educational needs school as a teaching assistant for 6 years I was inspired to train as a Speech and Language Therapist. Since graduation I have worked in the private sector with preschool and primary aged children in schools and nurseries. I have experience in the following areas: language delays and disorders, speech delays and disorders, stammering, Autism, Selective Mutism."

Professional Registration

  • Healthcare Professions Council

  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)

Postgraduate Training

  • Gestalt Language Processing​

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Angie Popham

Speech and Language Therapist

'After qualifying as a Speech and Language Therapist I worked in the NHS for 15 years before moving into the private sector.   I have experience of working with children and young people aged between 2 and 18 with a variety of communication needs including speech sound delay and disorder, language difficulties and DLD, stammering and selective mutism.  I also have experience of working with autistic children and contributing advice towards EHCPs.  I enjoy working with children, parents and education staff to achieve the best possible outcomes for the child.'

Professional Registration

  • Healthcare Professions Council

  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)

Postgraduate Training

  • Palin Parent Child Interaction ​

  • Makaton

  • Lidcombe Program

  • Gestalt Language Processing

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Emma Thornton

Administrator

I am the person you will reach if you have any appointment or invoice queries and I also take care of the weekly invoicing for all clients. My previous background involved working in the dental sector for 14 years and so I have plenty of experience in supporting both healthcare professionals and their clients. As well as being a qualified dental nurse I also hold qualifications in bookkeeping, business administration and management. When I am not working you can find me spending time with my family. I have two strong-willed daughters who keep me and my husband on our toes!   

Qualifications

  • Bookkeeping

  • Business administration & management

Postgraduate Training

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