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

“I joined Hope Therapies in 2022 as an Associate Occupational Therapist. I graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 2002 from Coventry University and 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

Post Graduate Training

  • Sensory Integration Practitioner (Qualified from Ulster University in 2019)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Personal Construct Psychology (PCP)

  • Solution Focused Therapy

  • Safeguarding Training (Level 2, children and adults)

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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 children and young people 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

Post Graduate Training

  • Sensory Integration Practitioner (Qualified from Ulster University in 2018)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Personal Construct Psychology (PCP)

  • Solution Focused Therapy

  • Safeguarding Training (Level 2, children and adults)

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Katie Western

Director & Speech and

Language Therapist

“I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2008. After working in the NHS for 6 years I moved into the private sector. I have postgraduate training and experience in working with people of all ages who stammer. I also work with children with speech sound difficulties and families with preschool children who have autism.”

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)

Post Graduate Training

  • Paediatric Autism Communication Therapy

  • Palin Parent Child Interaction Therapy

  • Lidcombe Program

  • Swindon Fluency Packs

  • City Lit Adult Stammering Course

  • Camperdown Program

  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

  • 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.  Since moving to Warwickshire 18 years ago I have 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)

Post Graduate Training

  • SCERTS

  • Palin Parent Child Interaction Therapy

  • Lidcombe Program

  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

  • Makaton