Rosalind Coon (CPsychol, BSc, MSc, PGCE, MSc, AFBPsS)
I am passionate about living my life to the full, and about helping others to do the same. I believe it is as important to have psychological wellbeing as to be physically healthy.
As a mother of three, I recognise the challenges of raising children to become confident, happy and independent individuals.
Mindfulness, dance and movement meditation have deeply influenced my life over the last few years, and I am currently studying for an MA in Dance and Somatic Wellbeing, exploring how mindfulness, movement and awareness of the physical body can promote health and well-being.
Qualifications and career
I completed an undergraduate degree in Biology with Education at York University, and a Masters in Experimental Psychology at Sussex University, before qualifying as a Teacher (PGCE) in 1993. After teaching in primary schools in Manchester, I studied for a further Masters degree in Educational Psychology at Sheffield University, qualifying in 1996.
For 9 years I worked in local authorities in Rochdale, Lancashire and Bradford as an Educational Psychologist, supporting schools and families to understand and meet the needs of children from birth to 19 who were experiencing social, emotional, behavioural or learning difficulties and supporting those with physical or sensory disabilities. I gather information from the child, family and school staff in order to gain a full understanding of the situation. Interventions include providing advice, support or training to the family and school, or working with the child to develop their understanding of the situation, resilience and coping strategies.
I started working as a Clinical Psychologist within the NHS in 2005, both in a child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) and in a child development centre (CDC). I have worked with children and adolescents who were experiencing a variety of difficulties including: low mood, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, self harm, difficulties with eating, school refusal and family conflict.
I have assessed and supported young people with learning or developmental difficulties (eg Autistic spectrum condition) and health difficulties (eg diabetes).
Since I left the NHS in 2014 to work independently I have been able to integrate my past experiences to offer a portfolio of work:
- I carry out detailed assessments of children experiencing difficulties at school.
- I work directly with individual schools to offer a variety of support, such as teaching classes of students about mental health, and staff training.
- I treat adults and children who have experienced psychological trauma (PTSD) using CBT and EMDR.
- I work with individual private clients.
- I teach on the Doctorate training courses in Clinical and Educational Psychology at Manchester and Leeds Universities.
I use a variety of psychological approaches in my work and have completed post qualification training in family and systemic therapy, in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and in solution focused brief therapy. I am trained to use eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). I have a particular interest in Mindfulness and am qualified to teach Mindfulness as a way of reducing stress and low mood (MBSR and MBCT). Read more about these Therapeutic Approaches here.