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 activation and regulation
- 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.
Hi, I’m Louise
Louise is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with over 20 years experience of working in a range of mental health settings within the NHS and also in various not-for-profit organisations. She completed her Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) training 12 years ago and currently works as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist in the NHS.
Louise has worked with a range of people, including children and young people, families, older age adults, and those with new difficulties as well as those with more severe and enduring challenges.
She is passionate about adapting evidence based therapy to help each client achieve their individual goals, in a way that feels helpful to them at that point in time. Louise is aware that this can be a really challenging process and believes that a caring, understanding therapeutic relationship is essential to this.
Hi, I’m Debbie
Early Years Neurodevelopmental Coach and Trainer
Debbie specialises in early years and neurodevelopment. Debbie has worked with children and their families for over 20 years. She began her career as an Early Years Professional, gaining a wealth of knowledge and skills in early development through working with children aged 0-5 years across a variety of early years settings. Debbie then moved into a family advisory role where she worked closely with the whole family (with children aged 0-19 years) helping parents to identify and overcome difficulties while empowering them to confidently make changes in order to successfully meet their child’s needs. During this time Debbie trained as a facilitator in various parenting programmes and has combined her learning to create her own approach to parenting which is tailored to the individual family and is based on developing positive relationships, communication and attunement with your child. Currently, Debbie works for the NHS supporting families with children who are neurodivergent; she specialises in Autism and Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA). Debbie is a qualified nursery nurse (NNEB) and has a degree in childhood studies and psychology. Debbie has also completed qualifications in working with families, counselling skills and PDA.
We are proud to be working in collaboration with a number of organisations to support professionals, children and their families:
- NHS Child Development Team, Eastbourne, East Sussex
- Up-grade Training, Bexhill, East Sussex
- St John’s Meads Church of England Primary School, Eastbourne, East Sussex
- Ocklynge Junior School, Eastbourne, East Sussex
- West Rise Community Infant School, Eastbourne, East Sussex
- Gildredge House School, Eastbourne, East Sussex
- St Andrew’s Church of England Infants’ School, Eastbourne, East Sussex
- Mountfield Heath School, Robertsbridge, East Sussex
- Whitehall Academy, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
- Embrace, Eastbourne, East Sussex
- The Art House, Eastbourne, East Sussex
- Mugshots, Eastbourne, East Sussex