Julia Alfano

BA(hons). P.G.C.E. MSc. Ed.Psy. MSc. MBPS. C.Psy.

Chartered Educational Psychologist

 

BA (Hons) Social Psychology – University of Sussex

  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE secondary) Institute of Education, University College London
  • Masters in Educational Psychology (MSc. Institute of Education, University College London)
  • Masters in Applied Forensic Psychology (MSc. University of Leicester)

Further Training

Regents College – School of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Certificate in the Fundamentals of Counselling and Psychotherapy – 1993

Centre for Stress Management, London

Certificate in Cognitive Therapies – 2006

British Psychological Society

Practice Diploma level one in Forensic Psychology- 2011

Family Futures

Theraplay Level one (completed) 2015 and Level two (undergoing) 2017

University of London (UCL)

Professional Doctorate in Child, Adolescent and Educational Psychology – to be completed January 2019

Other Professional Qualifications/Training

  • Accredited Pillars of Parenting – Therapeutic parenting for children in care Consultant Child Psychologist – ( 2013)
  • Accredited in Restorative Justice – ( 2007)
  • Accredited in Critical Incidence Debriefing (2005)
  • Solution Focussed Brief Therapy (2004)
  • Motivational Interviewing (( 2003)
  • Developmental Trauma (2015)
  • Attachment and attachment based intervention work at home and school (2003 – to date)
  • Therapeutic story writing (2012)
  • Childhood anxiety and Depression (1999)
  • Childrens drawings and Personal Construct Psychological approaches to assessment and intervention (2002)

Registration

  • Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health Professionals Council (HCPC)
  • Chartered Educational Psychologist (C.Psychol.)
  • Member of British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Member of the Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP)

My name is Julia Alfano and I have been a practising educational, child and adolescent psychologist for 16 years. I deliver educational, child and adolescent psychology in Surrey and Berkshire. I am committed to providing psychological assessment and psychological intervention in the safety of your own home or in the school or college environment.

I work with both individuals and families on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, I am experienced in helping children and teens who have experienced difficulties with:

  • Stress
  • Adult and peer relationships
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Depression and low mood
  • Bullying
  • Sexual assault and exploitation
  • Attachment and trauma
  • Low self-esteem
  • Self-harm
  • Behavioural difficulties including antisocial behaviour often related to learning and language difficulties
  • Family difficulties
  • Language and learning difficulties

As a psychologist I draw on a range of therapeutic interventions to ensure that the specific psychological needs of each person I provide support to are addressed directly. These therapeutic approaches may be attachment and trauma based, cognitive and behavioural or even family therapeutic approaches depending on the needs of the child, teen or young person and the family. I will also work with the adults in the family individually to support them in this process. I will carry out an initial psychological assessment to identify any specific areas of need as well as initial consultations to negotiate an agreed intervention plan with parents, child /young person.

I also offer the service of one off educational psychology assessments which fully assess, learning, language, behavioural, social and emotional needs that may be impacting on your child or young person’s access to education. I will then provide recommendations for schools and colleges on how to best meet the needs identified.

Areas of Specialism

I was a qualified secondary school teacher in an inner city London school for 3 years where I became Head of Year 10 before training as a psychologist. As a Head of Year I managed a variety of issues including, antisocial behaviours, school exclusion, bullying and various mental health difficulties. As an educational, child and adolescent psychologist I have 19 years experience (including 3 years in an assistant post) working with children, teens and young people who have complex needs. I also have extensive experience with working with adults caring for children and carry out direct therapeutic work with parents, teachers and social workers.

I have worked for the local authority (children’s services) for the last 16 years and have a specialist post with children in care. My areas of specialism are working with children, teens, young people and families who are experiencing emotional and behavioural needs including antisocial and offending behaviours. They may be related to attachment difficulties and trauma, sexual assault, bullying, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, poor peer relationships, eating difficulties and self-harm. I have worked closely with CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Teams) and YOT (Youth Offending), schools, colleges, preschools and parents as well as residential children’s homes and secure units. In addition, I have offered extensive individual therapeutic support to parents who are struggling.  I have also carried out extensive supervision and consultative work with parents, schools, and other professionals including social workers

I have extensive experience with working with children and teens with a variety of needs including Attachment and Trauma, Autism, emotional and behavioural difficulties, ADHD as well as language and learning difficulties. I have various publications including guidance for schools on how to manage the needs of children and teens experiencing attachment and trauma needs in school and have regularly spoken at national and international conferences.   Some of my intervention work with foster carers has been rolled out in Scandinavia

Personal Approach

I take a systemic approach to working with children and teens. By this I mean I will look at the presenting concerns and needs of that individual but I will also explore what is happening in the life of the child/teen. This is carried out through a mixture of direct assessment and consultation with parents and child/teen. Influencing factors may be family factors, school factors, learning difficulties, friendship difficulties, bereavement, or any significant life event. I believe in working closely with parents to utilise support for their child/teen and will offer individual therapeutic support/guidance to parents if requested.  However, if parents just require a one off full educational psychology assessment looking at cognitive development as well as behavioural, social and emotional needs with recommendations for preschools, schools and colleges, I can provide this.

Hours of work

Mondays 9-15-12.15

Wednesdays 5.15-7.30

Thursdays 5.15-7.30

Areas covered. Surrey and Berkshire. I offer a home visiting service can travel to your home or school/college