Sam is an Applied Psychologist with over 20 years of school based and specialist experience. She is fully licensed and registered with the Health Practise Commission (Cayman Islands) and the Health and Care Professionals Council (UK) and has worked in Cayman for the last 4 years.
Trained in the UK, Sam has worked as a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited applied psychologist for over 20 years. She was an academic and professional tutor on the Doctorate Training for Educational & Community Psychologists at the University of Exeter for 10 years. She was a Senior Educational Psychologist in North Somerset and the psychologist responsible for Looked After Children as part of the Virtual School. She was also part of a multi-agency Child & Adolescent Mental Health funded team responsible for identifying and supporting children with complex trauma.
Sam’s specialism is in trauma and attachment, she applies specialist training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Systemic Family Therapy (SFT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), to identify and support complex relational and developmental trauma in children, young people and their families. She promotes a ‘whole child’ approach to collaborative multi-agency working to scaffold functional inclusion within the home, school and community. Recognising the child in context, Sam also works with parents and care-givers to develop effective parenting responses.
Sam works with both neurotypical and neurodiverse children and adults. She is particularly interested in psychoanalytical psychology including attachment, identity and narrative. Much of her work focuses on facilitating the client’s internalisation of narrative to reduce self-blame and offer a more acceptable interpretation of adverse life experiences. Sam is a committed advocate for those who are the least heard and most vulnerable within our society. All aspects of Sam’s work is informed by the Inclusion Agenda and a focus to bring about positive change; Empowering educators to implement policy and practice outlined in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice to increase meaningful inclusion for an increasingly broad range of additional needs.
Sam is a reflective practitioner who values the professional experiences and diversities observed from working in the UK, The Netherlands, Japan and The Cayman Islands.