I am passionate about taking a holistic approach to ensure that children and young people are happy, safe and ready for life’s challenges.
My work is centred on using psychology to promote positive change for children, young people and their families. I believe in focusing on the strengths of individuals and exploring their world view through a variety of approaches.
My experiences with children, young people and families is broad including roles as a Surestart family worker, literacy specialist, speech and language therapy assistant, primary teacher and voluntary positions working therapeutically with terminally ill children, young people from deprived inner city backgrounds and mental health charities. I have also carried out research and lectured at the University of Manchester and Salford University.
Some areas of interest are positive psychology, projective techniques, resiliency, narrative techniques, early years, attribution theory, personal construct theory, nurturing principles, therapeutic play and the impact of emotions on learning.
Dr Rachael King - Educational and child psychologist
Doctorate educational and child psychology (DEdChPsy) University of Manchester
Applied Psychology - M.Sc. University of Manchester
Early Childhood Education - PGCE Leeds Metropolitan University
Psychology - B.Sc. (Hons) University of Bolton
My work history
Educational and child psychologist HSR Psychology
Educational and child psychologist School-based (mainstream)
Trainee educational and child psychologist School-based (mainstream)
Programme director of psychology and child development University
Speech and language therapy assistant Local authority
Research assistant University
I have extensive experience due to my varied professional background which enables me to provide a broad range of specialist services related to:
Strength based approaches
Solution focused techniques
I take a needs-led approach ensuring that children and young people remain at the centre of my work.
My professional memberships
Health and care professions council (HCPC) - PYL34627
Association of educational psychologists (AEP)
I help identify the following needs
As a qualified and experienced educational and child psychologist I am able to identify needs and support interventions for the following conditions:
I provide diagnostic follow up services to address any identified needs, including interventions.
What do you enjoy most about working with children and young people?
I view it as a privilege to get to know children and young people and understand their areas of strengths and difficulties. I enjoy working with them, and the people around them to promote positive change.
How can you help children and young people?
I can give students the opportunity to have a space where their voice is listened to and valued.
Describe your approach to students in 3 words.
Holistic. Positive. Child-centred.
Why is wellbeing important?
A child or young person’s wellbeing is what drives them in daily life and I believe in the impact of early intervention and prevention in relation to wellbeing. Wellbeing is developed from experiences in and out of school. It is important to allow a child or young person to reflect on their levels of wellbeing so that effective strategies can be put in place.
I am a passionate advocate for whole child and whole school wellbeing.
HSR Psychology is an independently owned and controlled not-for-profit social enterprise we reinvest any profits we generate to further maximise the wellbeing and potential of children and young people.