Integrated Response TEAM (Therapy)
Lucy - Occupational Therapist
As an Occupational Therapist I undertake a holistic approach with the students, covering physical and mental health and well-being. With the main focus of any intervention being that of helping the students to develop the skills and strategies to allow them to participate in daily activities, as independently as possible.
I am able to undertake a cognitive assessments to determine areas of need and to measure improvement, then, working with the student we develop an intervention plan whilst setting small achievable goals. I can provide education on coping and self-regulation skills to use in a variety of contexts as well as sensory exploration and implementation of sensory approaches for self-regulation.
I can help students identify and implement healthy, positive habits and structure into daily routines and develop skills related to social competence, such as making and keeping friends, coping with anger, solving problems and learning about social skills.
As an Occupational Therapist I can evaluate factors interfering with success in school, home or the community and help modify either the students thinking, or the environment (as reasonably possible), to support improved attention, participation and decrease sensory overload within the classroom.
Nikki - Psychologist
I am a Psychologist. I have been employed at Keyham Lodge School since August 2018, and have a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology and MSc in Forensic Psychology. I am a member of the British Psychological Society and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. I work under both their professional guidelines for competence across a broad range of work areas.
I came into this profession as I have also liked listening to others and helping them. I wanted to choose a career where I could hopefully make a difference to someone’s lives, supporting them to work through difficulties and offer guidance of how to build skills to cope, and seeing someone grow and flourish. I have vast experience of psychological assessments, analysis and report writing, which I offer within the school. I also offer individual therapy sessions and drop in support.
Previously I have also offered group support, around the areas of emotions and anger.
I am trained as a Designated Senior Mental Health Lead, and have experience of working within therapeutic establishments and accredited organisations that monitor this.
Nicola - Counsellor
I can offer students one to one or group support to help work towards and maintain good mental health and wellbeing. I am a Person Centred Counsellor but understand that I need to use an integrated approach when working with children and young people, such as play and CBT.
I work with a range of presenting issues such as anxiety, low self-esteem, low mood, anger management, self-harm, relationship issues, and loss and bereavement.
Students are offered weekly support sessions which are reviewed every 6 weeks to see if support has come to a natural end, needs to continue, or signposted to other services and agencies.
Alongside counselling skills I have accessed some CBT training so have an understanding of how it works and how it can support young people especially when dealing with anxiety and low self-esteem.
I have worked extensively in loss and bereavement in a previous job role and have continued to use these skills with students and feel that this is a strong skillset of mine when working with young people in this way.
Another skill lies within play, I confidently introduce and adapt play activities to enable a student to share explore their thoughts and feelings.
Rahi - Crisis & Mental Health
I will be helping our students who are in crisis and creating short term Mental Health plans for them. I will be available to provide support across the school to children who may be struggling to engage and will seek to utilise my skills to help them move forward.
I have previously taught and managed an alternative provision within a mainstream primary school and also have considerable experience in working with children displaying different social, emotional, behaviour difficulties. I believe that every child has a right to an education, however that may look and to try be that role model in order for them to be successful. Now, more than ever, is the time for us to be looking after our children’s Mental Health and this is a key aspect of what I will be working with the children with.
I am also qualified as Designated Safeguarding Lead and will be available throughout the school for all safeguarding concerns.