Meet the Team

Dr Catherine Lawrence
Director and Chartered Clinical Psychologist

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

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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

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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 

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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, an Under 5’s autism assessment 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. 

Catherine and Alex first worked together in 2014 in Worcestershire. 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)

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Emma Kiernan

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.

Catherine and Emma first worked together in 2008 in Solihull assessing and diagnosing children and young people with Autism. 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

Dr Helen Veater
Associate Clinical Psychologist

BSc (Hons), DClinPsych

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Dr Helen Veater

Helen qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2016 from the Universities of Coventry and Warwick. She continues to work in the NHS alongside her associate time with Adélie Psychology.

Since qualifying, Helen has worked in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), a specialist mental health team for children and young people with autism and/or a learning disability that were at risk of a hospital admission. She currently works in a specialist community service for young people and adults with a learning disability.

Catherine and Helen first worked together in 2018 in Coventry and Warwickshire. Helen is passionate about her work with young people and families and is experienced in working with a range of presenting needs. Using a creative and playful approach that draws upon a variety of different therapeutic models Helen values building strong therapeutic relationships, ensuring a safe base for children, young people and their families to explore their difficulties and find ways to increase their emotional wellbeing.

Professional Registration

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

Qualifications

Helen has the following qualifications:

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Honours

Molly O’Connell
Associate Art Psychotherapist

BA, MA

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Molly O’Connell

Molly qualified as an Art Psychotherapist in 2019 from the University of South Wales. She has pre and post qualification experience working with adults, children, young people and their families. Since qualifying, she has worked in a variety of settings including schools and charities and has developed a skillset around developmental trauma and attachment. Molly has conducted assessments and therapy with clients struggling with regulating their anxiety, low self-esteem, and attachment difficulties. She has also worked with clients who have experienced domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Art Psychotherapy can offer an additional method of communication for clients when thoughts and feelings can feel difficult to put in to words. Molly welcomes clients to use the therapy space however they need; using a combination of talking, art making, and play to explore how they are feeling each session. In Art Therapy there are also activities Molly and the client can do together for when the client is unsure where to begin.

Catherine and Molly first worked together in 2020 when Catherine clinically supervised Molly’s work at a unit in a school for children who were struggling in mainstream classes. Molly strongly believes that there is no right or wrong way to do Art Therapy. Within Molly’s Art Therapy sessions it is greatly important that the client has a voice and that their experience is heard and accepted. It is then through this non-judgemental therapeutic relationship that trust can develop to allow clients to explore their experiences in a safe space. Molly believes that working in an open and creative way is integral to working with children and young people.

Professional Registrations

Molly is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an Arts Therapist with the modality of Art Psychotherapy and is a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).

Qualifications 

Molly has the following qualifications:

  • Master of Arts Degree in Art Psychotherapy
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Photography

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 and your family.