What is an Educational Psychologist?
I am often asked “What is an Educational Psychologist?” – I hope that this site provides you with the information you need.
An Educational Psychologist (EP) aims to optimise the opportunities for children and young people to achieve their potential – both academically and socially. This is usually via assessment and intervention in school.
The most common referral is at the suggestion of the child or young person’s teachers along with direct referrals from parents, GP’s, Paediatricians and other professionals.
I am an Independent EP based in Bristol, and practice in the South West. I have been an EP for eight years, having qualified from Bristol University in 2005. I have worked in education for fifteen years, during this time I have been employed by both Essex and Swindon Educational Psychology Services. Prior to being an EP, I worked as a Researcher on projects aiming to improve standards of literacy and have also been a Primary School Teacher. Following the birth of my second child I set up my independent practice.
I support children and young people in identifying their strengths both academically and socially. I encourage them to develop ways of utilising these strengths in order to support any difficulties they may be experiencing. I believe every child and young person should have the opportunity to experience regular success and achieve their potential. I therefore work closely with parents, schools and other professionals to consider solutions as well as advise on how the needs of the young person can best be met. The priority for me is making my time with a child or young person as comfortable, positive and productive for them as possible. As a parent myself, this would be the minimum I would expect.