About us

Adélie Psychology Ltd is an independent clinical psychology practice for children, young people, and families in Warwickshire, UK, who also offer online therapy.

Dr Catherine Lawrence
Director and Chartered Clinical Psychologist

BSc (Hons), MPhil, DClinPsych, CPsychol, AFBPsS

Dr Catherine Lawrence
Dr Catherine Lawrence

Catherine qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2007 from the University of Oxford.  She is currently a Practitioner becoming certified in DDP.

Since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist Catherine has focussed on, and is passionate about, working with infants, children, young people and families. Catherine worked in the NHS for 19 years, from 2001 to 2020. She has worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), a specialist mental health team for looked after and adopted children, a specialist autism assessment service, and also with children and young people with a learning disability and autism. Catherine worked as a Clinical Lead/Lead Psychologist in the NHS for 6 years before setting up her own independent practice in 2019.  

Catherine enjoys being creative in her work with children and young people and is passionate about helping them develop healthy attachment relationships and improved emotional wellbeing. 

Professional Registrations

Catherine is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist, the British Psychological Society (BPS) as a Chartered member with Associate Fellow Status, and the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute (DDPI) as a Practitioner becoming certified in DDP.

Qualifications

Catherine has the following qualifications:

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology
  • Master of Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology with Honours
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Transformational Leadership in Children & Young People’s Mental Health Services
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills

Hannah Edwards
Associate Assistant Psychologist

BSc (Hons), MSc

Hannah Edwards
Hannah Edwards

After completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Bath, Hannah gained a breadth of experience working in mental health. She has worked with a wide variety of people but has always found herself drawn to working with children and families.

Hannah gained her MSc in Clinical Applications of Psychology from the University of Warwick in 2018. During this time, she worked as an Honorary Assistant Psychologist under the supervision of Catherine for 6 months, supporting her work with children and young people with a learning disability and diagnosis of autism.

Hannah believes that fun and playfulness are key to working with children and is excited to work with Adélie Psychology as she continues her journey to becoming a qualified Clinical Psychologist.

Qualifications

Hannah has the following qualifications:

  • Master of Science in Clinical Applications of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Honours

Dr Alexandra Crawford
Associate Clinical Psychologist 

BSc (Hons), DClinPsy 

Dr Alexandra Crawford
Dr Alexandra Crawford

Alexandra (Alex) qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2018 from Staffordshire University and currently works in the NHS alongside her associate time with Adélie Psychology. Alex brings 16 years of pre and post qualification experience of working with infants, children, young people and families in a variety of settings and specialisms including – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for children with Learning Disabilities, as a Highly Specialised Clinical Psychologist within an Under 5’s service, a local authority Children Looked After (CLA/LAC) service, and within the field of education, including working both in and closely with mainstream and specialist schools.

Alex has a number of special interests and has worked with many different presentations of need, but her passion and dedication to supporting families remains the same for all. Alex enjoys being creative in her work, drawing from a variety of models and thinking ‘outside the box’ to engage clients, such as including their pets in sessions! She is experienced and happy to work with children/young people individually and, or, with parents or families together. 

Alex combines a collaborative and PACEful approach (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy) in working with families to nurture relationships and improve emotional health and wellbeing. Alex offers online therapy sessions only.

Professional Registration 

Alex is registered with the Heath and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist. 

Qualifications 

Alex has the following qualifications:

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Honours
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Advanced Diploma in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Ways of Working

Emma Kiernan
Associate Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

BSc (Hons)

Emma graduated as a Speech and Language Therapist from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff in 2000. Since then she has worked in the NHS, mostly in a specialist autism assessment and diagnostic team.  She is very experienced in the assessment and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Conditions in children and young people.  She has also worked independently as part of multi-disciplinary teams assessing, diagnosing and supporting children and young people with neurodevelopmental difficulties/differences and Speech, Language and Communication needs.

As well as specialising in providing assessment, diagnosis and support for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Emma is also experienced in working with other related conditions including Developmental Language Disorder, ADHD, Selective Mutism and reluctant talkers, Dyspraxia, Learning Disability, and sensory processing difficulties.

Emma understands the impact that communication difficulties can have on a child and young person’s development in other areas including their behaviour and emotional and social wellbeing. She tailors her advice and support to families with understanding and empathy.

Professional Registrations

Emma is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).

Qualifications 

Emma has the following qualification:

  • Bachelor of Science in Speech and Language Therapy with Honours

Our Story

Adélie (ah-deh-lee) Psychology Ltd was born out of Catherine’s lifetime love of penguins and 24 year academic and clinical career in psychology.  Why not combine the two in your own practice?  Adélie penguins have a lively, playful nature.  They show fearless, relentless curiosity and each have unique and charming personalities, just like children. Unfortunately, there are no real Adélie penguins in the practice but they do make an appearance as the logo for the practice.

Values

Catherine has a strong values base and holds integrity, compassion, and care close to her heart which guides her psychology practice. Everyone who works as an Associate for Adélie Psychology are professionals with whom Catherine has worked with over a number of years. Catherine, can therefore vouch that all Associates hold very similar values and their work is of an excellent standard. Engaging children and young people in therapy is a skill that all Associates have demonstrated exceptionally and Catherine is proud to have them working alongside her at Adélie Psychology.

Contact us to find out more information and see if you feel the way Adélie Psychology professionals work, will fit with you or your organisation.

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