Dr Aimee Swithenbank

Educational Psychologist, Lead Practitioner at Swithenbank Psychology 
Aimee has worked in education for ten years, supporting children, young people and adults across the broad spectrum of need, including autism, speech and language, mental health, and learning difficulties.
 
Aimee began her career as a shadowing school psychologist in the suburbs of Boston Massachusetts, volunteering for the Children's Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships, before working for North Essex Behaviour and Attendance Partnership, and a vocational day service for young people and adults with learning disabilities. Combining her love for psychology and animals, Aimee has also been on the board of Directors for a charity using animal-assisted therapy to improve wellbeing.
 
She read Psychology at Bath University in 2005, taking modules on the Risk and Prevention program at Harvard Graduate School of Education (Boston, MA) in 2009, before obtaining her professional doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology in 2015, University College London. 
Aimee is highly skilled and experienced at providing psychological advice for schools and Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments, as well as working strategically with school leaders to improve outcomes for children and young people.
 
In addition to her private practice, Aimee has worked under Local Authority employment in Essex and a north London Borough, alongside colleagues in health and statutory assessment services. She also practises on Harley Street with a small team of practitioner psychologists,  is a licensed ELKLAN Tutor, and registered ELSA trainer. 
 
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Wendy White 

Consultant and psychometrician at Swithenbank Psychology 
From September 2020, Wendy will be joining our team. She is a qualified teacher and SENCo, who has taught in special schools for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties, autism, and moderate learning difficulties for nearly forty years. As Lead Teacher on the senior team, Head of Curriculum, and SENCo in a Pupil Referral Unit, Wendy is responsible for overseeing curriculum development and planning, mentoring Newly Qualified Teachers, line managing teaching assistants, and coaching teachers as part of their ongoing professional development in special needs. She regularly assesses children using standardised assessments, planning and coordinating targeted provision to meet their needs. 
Wendy has a Certificate of Education in PE, and a Masters degree in Education (Distinction). She is a Level 7 Specialist Teacher and Assessor in Specific Learning Difficulties, and in 2016, obtained the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinator.  She is qualified through the Nurture UK Network, to run Nurture Groups using the Boxall Profile. Her interests throughout her career have included engaging at risk pupils in education, PE and outdoor learning, raising achievement in maths and literacy,  promoting a growth mindset, and developing resiliency.  
 
Wendy works as a consultant for Swithenbank Psychology. She also assists educational psychologist assessments with Aimee at our Colchester-based clinic. 

applying psychology to help children and young people enjoy a high quality life

swithenbankpsychology@gmail.com  |  07710406204 | Colchester, Essex
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