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EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr. Leona Black

What do Educational Psychologists do?

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Educational Psychologists work in a variety of different ways to address the problems experienced by children and young people in education. Direct work with children and young people includes assessing their learning and emotional needs using methods such as interviews, observation and test materials. Interventions / strategies are then developed to support the child or young person with the problems that they are experiencing.

Who am I?

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My name is Dr Leona Black. I am an Independent Educational Psychologist (Chartered) with a wide range of experience of working with children and young people. I am based in Bristol.

I work with children and young people to remove barriers to their learning. I do this by assessing their individual needs, both educational & emotional. I subsequently work alongside parents / carers and schools to identify appropriate strategies and interventions to support the children / young people.

I have worked as an Educational Psychologist since 2007. I studied for my Doctorate at the University of Bristol, my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Bath and my PGCE at the University of Cambridge. I've previously supported children and young people in a range of capacities including as a teacher in schools, with Looked After Children and young offenders.

I am a member of the British Psychological Society, Health and Care Professionals Council, Association of Educational Psychologists and Association of Child Psychologists in Private Practice and therefore abide by their Ethical Practice guidelines.

Dr. Leona Black

My aim & ethos

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I see my role as an Educational Psychologist as someone who can stand in the shoes of children and young people and those concerned about them.

By using a wide range of psychological techniques I am able to help you to understand children and young people’s needs better and then work with you, providing advice and support, to help the child or young person reach their full potential.

My aim is to be honest, friendly, child focused and supportive.

I will work flexibly with you to consider the most appropriate package of assessment and support.

Areas that I can help with

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  • Cognition and learning
  • Specific Learning Difficulties; Dyslexia
  • Social, Communication and Interaction difficulties
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health (including relationships, friendships, confidence, self-esteem, challenging behaviour and attachment difficulties)
  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions / Disorders
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