Dr Amy Clare
I have worked within the NHS since 2019 as a Clinical Psychologist supporting people across the lifespan from young children to older adults. I have worked with children and adults who have been given the diagnosis of a learning disability and/or an autism spectrum condition, children and adolescents who have experienced brain injury and older adults diagnosed with dementia. Prior to training as a Clinical Psychologist I worked as a Speech and Language Therapist within the NHS for 13 years supporting children and adults with a diagnosis of a learning disability, complex medical needs and neurological conditions.
I have experience of carrying out autism assessments, neuropsychology assessments and cognitive assessment in order to develop an understanding of concerns and inform recommendations for individuals, families, support staff and schools. I have experience of using a biopsychosocial understanding of behaviour that families or services are finding challenging and offering reflective sessions for staff teams.
My current role, within the NHS, is on a dementia unit supporting clients to ensure their emotional and psychological needs are being met. I also support the staff team in understanding behaviour that they may be finding challenging using an enriched model of dementia. I have a special interest in how to support connection and building a relationship with people who may communicate without words. In relation to this interest I have published research in to the impact of music on people diagnosed with dementia.
I highly value the importance of building a safe therapeutic space with clients regardless of age, ability or diagnosis. I value the use of compassion, empathy, curiosity and collaboration in order to develop an understanding of people’s concerns and experiences.
Models I work with
I enjoy using an integrative approach to meet the needs of each individual client. As part of this approach I draw on a range of models/approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), biopsychosocial approaches, systemic approaches, psychodynamic approaches and neuropsychology theory.
Training and Qualifications
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology- Salomons Institute of Applied Psychology (Canterbury Christ Church University), 2019
- Distinction in Post Graduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy 2005 – City University
- First Class BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Kent, 2002
- ADOS-2 Administration and Coding Course, Hogrefe, 2021
- Supervisor training, Salomons Institute of Applied Psychology, 2021
- Supervisor workshop, Surrey University, 2020
- Dementia Care Mapping, University of Bradford, 2014
- Certificate in person centred counselling skills, Sussex Central College, 2007