Having previously been a support worker in a number of residential areas, I joined Kisimul School, Swinderby Site in 2012. Two years later, I became a Senior Residential Support Worker, joining the Psychology team on a part-time basis.
Before joining Kisimul, I received a first-class undergraduate degree in Psychology with Child Studies from the University of Lincoln, having always wanted to work with young people. I also enjoyed volunteering in special educational needs schools assisting with Duke of Edinburgh groups whilst at university.
Working with a range of young people as a support worker was particularly fulfilling, assisting them to develop skills, build relationships and access the community. In 2014 I joined the Psychology team full-time as an Assistant Educational Psychologist before leaving in 2016 to travel around South-East Asia, returning to the school two years later.
As an Assistant Educational Psychologist, I am part of the multi-disciplinary team, working in collaboration with other members of the education support team, education staff and with residential staff to provide cohesive support for our young people. I enjoy the direct intervention work that I have been involved in, particularly supporting individuals to develop their emotional literacy, self-identity, play skills, and emotional regulation, and have also been involved in delivering literacy interventions. Within my role I have been offered further professional development through courses and have attended a number of training days and conferences. I find learning about anxiety, mental health and emotional literacy particularly interesting.
Young people thrive at Kisimul through the environments, strategies and opportunities we provide. I am very proud to work for the company and enjoy the variety of tasks my role brings.
In my spare time I enjoy exploring other cultures and food through travel, reading detective and psychology books and baking cupcakes, which often find themselves coming into the office.