Specialist services for Schools and Professional Groups

We provide specialist psychological assessments, formulation, therapeutic parenting, specialised therapy, attachment training, therapeutic play training, consultation packages, and specific packages for schools and professional groups working with looked after children, adopted children and children with developmental trauma.

Clinical director and founder of Beyond Psychology, Dr Kirsty Hughes, has worked as a Specialist Clinical Psychologist lead on the children’s cared-for team within NHS, CAMHS. Her team was nominated for the ‘Working Together’ award by Children’s Social Care and won the ‘Service Innovation Award’.

Our service has expert knowledge, experience, and post qualification training working with children with attachment difficulties and developmental trauma.

Our Modern Approach

Beyond Psychology offers specialist assessments and treatments that integrate the most up-to-date, evidence-based, theory-driven intervention models to work with children who are looked after, adopted or have attachment difficulties due to early life trauma. Our work integrates the use of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Theraplay, Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Systemic Practice, neuroscience, and the impact of developmental trauma.

We also provide bespoke packages of specialised training and group interventions specifically designed for children with developmental trauma and attachment difficulties. This includes our Whole Setting Approach to Understanding Attachment and Developmental Trauma Which incorporates the following aims into an overall approach:

  • Helping Young People understand Attachment Difficulties and the Impact of Trauma
  • Understanding and Treating Attachment Difficulties, for Parents / Carers and Professionals
  • Using Neuroscience and Theraplay principles to understand and nurture children’s mental health
  • Understanding and Resolving Shame. Why Children Might Lack Empathy, Lie and Steal
  • Emotional Coaching Using the PACE approach to support relationships (Dan Hughes)
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As well as my family, Beyond Psychology has been really important in helping me through the tough times I had in high school. It took time to adapt to some big life transitions but with the help of Beyond Psychology, it made things much easier. Beyond Psychology has given me the space to talk and to really start to understand myself. I now know when I need to ask for help and when I need to head into my own space for some alone time in my “goblin den”. I am more like a cat now! I have learnt to be able to think about other people and how they may be feeling, rather then just focussing on myself. The staff at Beyond Psychology put 110% into what they do, they made me feel like i had a better place to be, and i always knew they were there to support me even if it meant coming to the middle of nowhere, where i live.  It was the right service for me – they were willing to let me take it slowly at first, and I always felt welcome, comfortable, safe and accepted. I was able to get to know people, not just the clinician I was working with. Beyond helped me to reconnect with my family, and enjoy the time I had to myself, they really listened to my problems and gave me specific and concrete suggestions on what i could do.  Thank you Beyond!
Young Person

The Adoption Support Fund

All of our adoption support services can be paid for via the Adoption Support Fund. Do get in touch and we’d be happy to guide you through every step of the process.

Adoption Support Fund