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Affiliated Professionals

Educational Psychologists are skilled at finding ways to overcome barriers to success in education. We are qualified, accredited professionals with extensive experience of working with schools, colleges, students and parents; our experience obtained in a variety of LEA settings as well as private practice.

Specialist expertise is offered to address individual students’ learning difficulties in all areas: behaviour, learning, academic performance and development.

The service will typically involve full diagnostic assessment set out in a detailed report, which can be tailored to meet institutional needs. The report will include recommendations for future action including recommendations drawn from an extensive knowledge of local education, local services, and current research. Advice can also be provided on educational placement and options for ongoing support. 

Help can be provided with:

Problems with Study and Academic Performance

• Poor concentration

• Specific learning difficulties, including dyslexia

• Weaknesses with Mathematics

• Weaknesses with Reading, Writing and Spelling

• Inability to manage workload

• Unsatisfactory work or progress

• Gifted & Talented children

Social and Personal Problems

• Self-esteem issues

• Unhappiness with friendships and relationships

• Difficulties with communication

• Anger management

This can be achieved through:

Psychological Assessment of Children:

• for examination access arrangements

• with special educational needs or specific learning difficulties

• with learning, behaviour or emotional difficulties

• who appear to be gifted & talented

Psychological Advice to Teachers:

• on students’ abilities

• on students’ learning requirements

• on management of students’ behaviour

• on monitoring and reviewing student progress

Psychological Advice to Parents:

• able, gifted & talented children

• advice on school placements

• Attention Deficit Disorders – advice and management

• Consultancy with teachers, SENCOs and Headteachers

• Disabled Student Allowance assessments

• Dyslexia – children and students (including postgraduates)

• Educational Tribunals and educational support

• Emotional and behavioural difficulties

• Exam access arrangements

• Learning difficulties and behavioural advice or coaching

• Literacy or numeracy assessment and support

• Statutory, special educational needs and disability issues

We have a number of affiliated Educational and Chartered Psychologists working with us at Helen Arkell:

Peter Brooks, Educational Psychologist, M.Sc. P.G.C.E. C.Psychol. A.F.B.Ps.S.

Dr Marlene Caplan, Educational Psychologist, BA (Hons), Ph.D. (Psych), OCR Dip SpLD

Joanna Currie, Chartered Educational Psychologist, BA (Hons), PGCE, MA (Cantab), MSc, CPsychol

Jennie Guise, MA (Hons), MBA, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, PGCPSE, AMBDA FE/HE, MEd, CPsychol, CSci, AFBPsS, FHEA, SpLD APC, EuroPsy

Karin Valentiner, C.Psychol AFBPsS 

Belinda Medhurst, Chartered Educational Psychologist, BSc, PGCE, Med, CPsychol

Dr Jasmine Murray, Chartered Psychologist. Chartered Scientist, Assoc. F, B. P.S.

Dr Gilda Palti, Chartered Child and Educational Psychologist

Dr Gavin Reid, Ph.D., M.A, M.App.Sci, M.Ed., B.Ed, AMBDA, Assoc. F. B.P.S


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