Dr. Sarah Byrne

D. Clin. Psychol.
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I am a Clinical Psychologist working with children, young people and parents, offering psychological formulation and therapeutic intervention using an integrative approach including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP). I undertake detailed assessments to explore for possible diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in children and young people. In addition, I work with adoptive families and families with Special Guardianship Orders offering specialist assessment and intervention from a trauma-informed perspective: using DDP informed practice to offer support to young people who have experienced developmental trauma and their families.
After qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 1999, I specialised in Adult Mental Health, specifically working with people who experience distressing psychotic symptoms. I worked as a therapist on a research project: A Randomised Controlled Trial of Cognitive Therapy for Command Hallucinations (CTCH). Subsequently, I worked in an NHS Community Mental Health Team (CMHT), working with people with complex mental health difficulties, using CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and Integrative approaches. In 2004, I attained the Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision.
In 2005, I took time out to spend time with my family, as well as volunteering in my local community. I continued to work as a consultant and supervisor for the CTCH research project, and co-authored several publications, including: A Casebook of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Command Hallucinations (2006). In 2013, I worked as a Specialist Teaching Assistant in a local primary school, working mainly with children with special educational needs, including attachment issues and behavioural difficulties.
In September 2017, I returned to work as a Clinical Psychologist under the supervision of Alastair Barnett (Clinical Director of Conatus) and became HCPC registered in January 2018: PYL35452. I have completed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) training (November 2017); Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP) Level One training (January 2018) and DDP Level 2 training (March 2021).
My broad range of experiences have enabled me to gain a wider perspective of the difficulties and concerns that families can experience, and I am committed to offering an empathic, supportive and hopeful approach to assisting young people and their families.
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