Hi, I’m Tracy
CONSULTANT, TRAINER AND COACH
Tracy, the Founder of the Child Therapy Service CIC, is a passionate, focused and determined Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) Educational Consultant, Therapeutic Coach, Teacher, and Trainer – with nearly two decades of experience in supporting children, families, and professionals.
Tracy’s career has been a wonderful mixture of teaching Early Years, KS1/2, and KS3. Working in Mainstream, a Pupil Referral Unit, as a SEMH Outreach Advisor, East Sussex Local Authority Teacher for Looked After Children and those with EHCPs unable to access school, and a Nurture Teacher within an Outstanding SEMH Provision in Sussex. This experience has provided her with an insight into the barriers many children with emotional needs face. But when Tracy was able to identify the child’s barriers, then put effective strategies in place to reduce them – she had a happy – engaged learner.
Later in her teaching career, Tracy was able to use her expertise in SEND within SEMH Provisions – to support student teachers, Newly Qualified Teachers, and Recently Qualified Teachers. This led to her becoming the Appropriate Body Lead for Cuckmere House Teaching School, an Outstanding Teaching School in Sussex.
Although her passion is to remove barriers of SEMH for neurodivergent young people within education – Tracy is also a parent of a neurodivergent teen. She knows first-hand the complexities of an education and support system that was designed by neurotypical people. She is currently ‘fighting’ for the rights of an education for her son – and will continue to be his voice until systems change.
Teaching, mentoring, and training isn’t the only hat Tracy wears – she is also trained in a variety of approaches that are extremely effective for young people, who are unable to verbalise why they are struggling emotionally. She becomes the voice for that child – helping them to identify, manage, and remove activation triggers so that they are no longer overwhelmed by them.
Tracy uses a myriad of approaches:
- Bounce Scale -activation and regulation of emotions
- Art-focused techniques
- Play-based brain-stem regulating activities
- Limbic-system attachment strategies
- Acupressure-point relaxation approaches
- Bilateral integration techniques
… The goal – co-regulate the young person’s nervous system to feel safe and empower them in understanding their own internal activation system to self-regulate in the future.