The Compass Psychology Team

Compass Psychology is a group of professionals specialising in autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  We also have extensive experience in working with co-occurring mental health conditions.

Our team includes clinical psychologists, speech & language therapists, occupational therapists and neurodevelopmental specialists.  Compass provides expertise across the whole lifespan, including important transitions.

Compass Psychology Directors

Dr Jack Hollingdale
Dr Jack HollingdaleClinical Psychologist

Dr Jack Hollingdale is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist previously based at a Tier 4 National Specialist service.  After completing an MSc in Clinical Forensic Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience he gained a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from University College London.  Jack has expertise in autism, ADHD and co-occurring mental health conditions and these are also his primary research interests.  He has extensive experience in clinical and forensic assessments. Jack is committed to helping individuals develop resilience and fulfil their potential.

Emma Woodhouse
Emma WoodhouseNeurodevelopmental Specialist | ADOS-2 & ADI-R Trainer

Emma Woodhouse is a Neurodevelopmental Specialist, previously based at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (King’s College London), the Maudsley Autism & ADHD Assessment Service, the National Autism Unit (Bethlem Royal Hospital) and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families. Emma is an international trainer and supervisor in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule –Second Edition (ADOS-2) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview- Revised (ADI-R). She has completed over 2,000 ADOS-2 and ADI-R assessments, including high profile medicolegal work. Emma is a qualified integrative counsellor and member of The British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), and works therapeutically with both adults and children. Emma is a member of the UK ADHD Partnership with a particular interest in ADHD and co-occurring conditions. In addition to autism and ADHD, she specialises in working with personality disorders and forensic populations. Emma runs workshops about autism and ADHD, and has contributed to a number of research publications.

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Lucy Sanctuary
Lucy Sanctuary Speech & Language Therapist & Cognitive Behaviour Practitioner (CBT)

Lucy Sanctuary is a Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist and Cognitive Behaviour Practitioner (CBT), working with children and young people on the autism spectrum and their families. She only works with autistic children and young people.

Lucy is particularly interested in assessing children who do not use language to communicate, who have co-morbid conditions, such as learning difficulties, mental health difficulties, and who are girls.

Lucy provides family focused adapted CBT therapy for autistic children & young people, who have co-morbid conditions such as mental health difficulties. Lucy’s CBT work is family focused to help everyone understand each other and work together as a team.  She sometimes works with families and young autistic children who do not use language to communicate or who use very few words. Lucy is Sequential-Oral-Sensory (SOS) feeding approach trained  and works with parents whose children have a restricted diet to help expand the range of food they eat.

Lucy has considerable experience training parents and staff in Early Years, primary and secondary school settings to increase their understanding of autism and a wide range of related topics, such as auditory processing, understanding and use of language, sensory processing, co-morbid mental health conditions, emotional regulation, supporting behaviours that might be difficult to understand.  She has also talked for the National Autistic Society, University College, London, Greenwich University.

Lucy no longer carries out any speech and language therapy interventions.

Dr Karen Ashwood
Dr Karen AshwoodPostdoctoral Neurodevelopmental Specialist

Dr Karen Ashwood (BSc, MSc, PhD, CPsychol) is a Postdoctoral Neurodevelopmental Specialist with a PhD in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and an MSc in Clinical Neuroscience from King’s College London (KCL). She has had the privilege of working with children, adolescents and adults with developmental conditions in a variety of settings. The majority of her clinical and research career has been spent at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) and as part of the multidisciplinary team with the National Autism and ADHD Service for Adults (NAASA) at the Maudsley and Royal Bethlem Hospitals.

Dr Emma Colvert
Dr Emma ColvertChartered Psychologist

Dr Emma Colvert (BSc, PhD, CPsychol) has worked within the field of autism for over 25 years. Her interest began with her work as an assistant Educational Psychologist and continued on to form the basis of her PhD at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Since completing her doctorate, Emma has worked at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) in London. During her time at the IoPPN Emma worked on several research teams and for the last 14 years she has led one of the world’s largest twin studies of autism and has an extensive publication record. Emma is experienced in the administration of both the ADOS-2 and ADI-R and has worked for many years carrying out autism assessments across the lifespan, in both research and clinical settings. Emma’s career and vast experience with autistic children, adults and their families have made her passionate about accurate and informative assessment and diagnosis.

Dr Jenny Breen
Dr Jenny Breen Clinical Psychologist

Dr Jenny Breen is a Clinical Psychologist with a longstanding and passionate interest in working with individuals with autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorders (ADHD), including those with and without intellectual disabilities. She has worked across a range of services, including residential and community settings in the NHS and the private sector, and currently works in the Service for Complex Autism & Associated Neurodevelopmental Disorders (SCAAND) team at the Michael Rutter Centre, the Maudsley Hospital.

Jenny has extensive experience in completing comprehensive diagnostic assessments for neurodevelopmental disorders as part of a multi-disciplinary team and in line with NICE Guidelines. She is trained in a range of standardised assessment tools, (including the ADOS-2) neuropsychological assessments. Jenny has extensive experience in complex contexts (for example, co-occurring intellectual disability, mental health difficulties, rare paediatric disorders, complex social environments, history of abuse and neglect).

Jenny delivers adapted interventions predominantly utilising CBT, systemic and behavioural approaches. She particularly enjoys working with young people who are difficult to engage and is committed to co-creating care plans with young person and key adults in their network to increase future independence and enhance psychological well-being.

Dr Dami Barnor
Dr Dami BarnorClinical Psychologist

Dami is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the NHS and private mental health settings for the last 10 years. 

Dami is based at a child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) in London where she works in a specialist Neurodevelopmental team completing complex assessments and delivering specialised interventions. Dami supports the mental and emotional health of young people with neurodevelopmental and co-occurring mental health conditions. Dami is proficient in working with children with Autism, ADHD and intellectual disabilities. 

Dami uses therapeutic approaches that are supported by research evidence and psychological theory, including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), behaviour therapy, narrative therapy and attachment-based interventions. Dami also provides consultations and training to organisations and groups around parenting and mental health. Dami has consulted to staff groups in a range of NHS settings as well as schools. 

Dami completed a masters degree in Mental Health Studies at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience before completing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University College London. 

Peri Mackintosh
Peri MackintoshRegistered Psychotherapist

Peri Mackintosh (MSc, Dip. GPTI, EAP) is a UKCP registered psychotherapist with almost 40 years’ experience of working with people with severe and complex psychological difficulties and autistic conditions. He has been a highly specialist psychotherapist on the National Autism Unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital since 2002. He is particularly experienced in working with people who may be less verbal. Peri pioneered the use of mindfulness-based movement and music orientated therapeutic workshops in residential mental health units in the early 1980′s and is the creator of Freeforming Contact Meditation. Peri is the author of Attentional Scope and Mental Illness in Embodied Relational Gestalt Editor: Michael Clemmens 2019, and co-author with Paul Barber of the Freeforming; Connecting Without Words in Continuity and Change: Gestalt Therapy Now Editors: Dan Bloom and Philip Brownell, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2011. He was a contributing author to Guidance for identification and treatment of individuals with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder based upon expert consensus 2020.

Dr Daisy Crawley
Dr Daisy CrawleyClinical Psychologist

Daisy is a Clinical Psychologist primarily working in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in the NHS. She supports children and young people with neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism and ADHD, and intellectual disabilities. Before completing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University College London (UCL), Daisy completed a PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), which focused on affective and neurocognitive mechanisms associated with restricted, repetitive behaviour in autism. During her PhD, Daisy also worked on a longitudinal Europe-wide autism research project.

 

Daisy has considerable experience in clinical and neuropsychological assessments (ADOS-2, DIVA, ADI-R, 3Di, cognition) as well as therapeutic intervention, using a range of approaches (CBT, systemic, behavioural) with young people and their families. Daisy is committed to a neurodiversity-affirming practice centred on understanding each individual and supporting them to understand themselves and find their way in a neurotypical world.

Dr WaiFung Tsang
Dr WaiFung Tsang Clinical Psychologist

WaiFung Tsang is a Clinical Psychologist based at the Maudsley Hospital, King’s College London. He has clinical experience working with neurodevelopmental disorders and co-morbid mental health issues across the lifespan in a variety of settings, from community, education, to national specialist placements, both within the UK and in his city of origin, Hong Kong. For the last two years he has been working in the Service for Complex Autism & Associated Neurodevelopmental Disorders (SCAAND) South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He has expertise delivering in-depth assessments utilising standardised psychometric tools (e.g. screening measures, cognitive and neuropsychological testing), as well as diagnostic social communication assessments (e.g. the ADOS-2). He also has a keen interest in empirical research and dedication to making meaningful contributions to the literature.

Dr Suzie Gratton
Dr Suzie Gratton Clinical Psychologist

Dr Suzie Gratton is a Principal Clinical Psychologist who leads the psychology team in the autism assessment service for children and young people in Hertfordshire. Prior to this she worked at the Service for Complex Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (SCAAND) and the National Specialist CAMHS Learning Disability Team, both at the Michael Rutter Centre, Maudsley Hospital. Suzie is also involved in training future clinical psychologists and has taught on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology course at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. Suzie has expertise in autism, ADHD, intellectual disability and co-occurring mental health conditions, as well as over 15 years experience of assessment and intervention with young people and families. She is passionate about helping people to make sense of their experiences and understand their strengths, as well as supporting young people and those around them to respond to challenges.

Julia Collino
Julia CollinoSpeech and Language Therapist

Julia Collino is a Speech and Language Therapist with 36 years of NHS experience working with young people with a wide range of speech and language difficulties.  Over the last 20 years she has worked primarily with children and young people with autism. This has involved working in special education, community clinics and developing the under 5 early years autism pathway.  Julia has delivered an early intervention programme in a large randomised control trial, PACT – (Paediatric Autism Communication Therapy) and has implemented this in clinical work.  She has 13 years experience of delivering PACT to support children and their parents grow in understanding and interacting with each other.

Julia has worked within multidisciplinary autism diagnostic services, including Guy’s and St. Thomas’s Trust (Southwark and Lambeth) and the National and Specialist Tier 4 Service for Complex Autism & Associated Neurodevelopmental Disorders (SCAAND) team at the Michael Rutter Centre, the Maudsley Hospital offering second opinions regarding autism diagnosis and supporting families in interaction and communication with their children.  Julia has delivered training to colleagues and families, and has run post diagnostic parent workshops to support their understanding of autism.

Peggy Walpole OBE
Peggy Walpole OBESpecialist Teacher

Peggy Walpole is a retired Special School Head Teacher with 35 years’ experience of the special schools sector. She is an Advanced Consultant with Division TEACCH at the University of North Carolina: USA.

In June 2015 Peggy was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Area of expertise

  • Education health care plans
  • Teaching strategies for autism and ADHD pupils
  • Structured teaching
  • Specialist school placements (UK)
Alria Williams
Alria WilliamsBABCP Accredited CBT Therapist

Alria Williams is a BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Trainee Clinical Psychologist who has spent six years working in mental health. She has extensive experience working with autism and ADHD in children, young people, and adults in a variety of settings including educational, NHS and private community teams.

Alria completed an MSc in Mental Health Studies at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IOPPN), where her dissertation explored markers of anxiety in children with an autistic sibling. In recent years, she has worked as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE), on a project investigating how predictability in robot behaviour may affect autistic children. Alria also spent one year working in the Service for Complex Autism and Associated Neurodevelopmental Disorders (SCAAND) South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. She is proficient in providing adapted evidence-based interventions for children and adults with autism, ADHD, intellectual disabilities, and co-morbid mental health conditions. She is also experienced in administering psychometric assessments and ADOS-2.

Dr Lucy Watson
Dr Lucy WatsonClinical Psychologist

Dr Lucy Watson is a Clinical Psychologist primarily based in the NHS, where she has had the privilege of working predominantly with children, young people and their families for almost 10 years. She was previously based within Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Feeding and Eating Disorders service and the Social Communication and Autism Service (previously known as the Social Communication Disorders Clinic). Following this she worked at the Service for Complex Autism and Associated Neurodevelopmental Disorders (SCAAND) team at the Michael Rutter Centre, Maudsley Hospital. After completing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Surrey, Lucy is now based in a Tier 3 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) with a continued specialty and interest in helping those with neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Lucy has extensive experience in the clinical assessment (including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – Second Edition; ADOS-2), neuropsychological (cognitive/learning) assessment and provision of therapeutic intervention (including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, CBT; behavioural and systemic approaches) for multiple mental health, neurodevelopmental and neuropsychological conditions.

Lucy’s main passion is to ensure every child’s voice is heard, and particularly the voices of those who may find communication a bit trickier than others. She is committed to helping others through the challenges that life is throwing at them and hopes together they can share some smiles and laughter along the way!

Alexandra Nolan
Alexandra NolanNeurodevelopmental Specialist

Alexandra is a Neurodevelopmental Specialist based at the National Adult Autism/ADHD Service at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.  She gained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Neuroscience from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London and is a registered member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS).

Alexandra has extensive experience in administering diagnostic pre-assessments for autism and ADHD in adults including the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R) and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) and is actively involved in education and research int the field.

Fintan O'Regan
Fintan O'ReganADHD and Neurodiversity Trainer, Consultant and Coach

Fin is one of the leading Behaviour and Learning specialists in the UK. He is currently an ADHD, Neurodiversity and Behaviour Consultant for number of schools and organisations and an associate lecturer for Leicester University, the National Association of Special Needs, The Helen Arkell Charity, the Institute of Education and on the advisory board at University of Michigan USA.

He is the former Vice Chairman of UKAP and the European ADHD Alliance and the chairperson of the European ADHD Taskforce. He is a currently a member of the Special Education Consortium, the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee, a full council member of the Council of Registered Schools for the Teaching of Dyslexia (CReSTeD) and the Child and Development Centre London.

He has presented over 2000 seminars throughout the UK, Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, Australia, New Zealand and North America and has published over 10 books including the; the T.E.S. award winning book Educating Children with ADHD (2001), How to teach and Manage Children with ADHD (2002), Surviving and Succeeding in SEN(2005), ADHD, Impact and Intervention (2005), Troubleshooting Challenging behaviour (2006), Challenging Behaviours(2006), The Small Change: Big Difference series; Inattention, Hyperactive and Disorganised (2008Successfully Teaching and Managing Children with ADHD(2016), Supporting Behaviour in the Classroom(2020) Attention Difficulties: How to Help(2021) and ADHD: Distractible, Dreamy and Different: A handbook for Parents (2023)

Dr Jennifer Cooke
Dr Jennifer CookeLecturer and Researcher

Jennifer is a Lecturer and Researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Maudsley Hospital, London.  She teaches and conducts research in Clinical Neurodevelopmental Sciences, specifically Autism. She specializes in the assessment of Autism and Intellectual Disability (ID) in genetic syndromes and
understanding those with complex additional support needs.

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