About Bespoke Practitioners
Bespoke Practitioners is a multi-disciplinary team of professionals whose practice has a range of qualities that include the following – Teaching & Training, Therapeutic Support, Supervision for Professionals, Parenting Classes, Nurturing Touch Instructors, International Work, Child Development Assessment and Support, Safeguarding Consultation, First Aid Training.
All Practitioners are trained to a high standard and are registered with the relevant Professional Bodies. Bespoke Practitioners offer support within various settings, for Children, Families and Professionals, including, Health and School settings. Bespoke Practitioners work to support communication between the individuals through a holistic, ‘child and family centred’ process that incorporates, practical, sociological and psychological perspectives. These processes are promoted by supporting parenting, families and the child alongside education and development. Bespoke Practitioners offers a range of training and practical engagement, within the home, health and school setting, this is achieved through direct work, group-work and CPD training. Bespoke Practitioners endeavour to support a nurturing approach when working with children.
Sarah / Managing Director
Sarah has a wide range of experience within the context of local, national and international children and family work, having lived and worked in the UK and South Africa.
Her work in the sphere of the Social work, Therapeutic Interventions, Teaching, Training and Management has underpinned Bespoke Practitioners’ drive to support children and families, enabling positive achievement and the best outcomes in each individual family situation. Sarah’s experience and knowledge has enabled her to identify the promotion of support required to identify best outcomes and clear assessment and planning for families within a therapeutic approach.
Sarah has over 18 years of experience and holds degrees in Social Work & Teaching as well as qualifications in Psychology, Therapeutic play-based assessment and support, this includes SEND, self-regulation therapies, Sexual Health & HIV support/training, and Health & Social Care practices, focussing on the need for;
- Attachment-based nurturing support for children and families,
- Education planning,
- Behaviour Management and identification of support and intervention planning,
- Assessment of the need for sensory regulation (and nurturing touch programmes),
- Additional needs education perspectives and care planning,
- Awareness of and training in child development,
- Holistic, person-centred planning and parental support requirements,
- Trauma support that is working towards recovery through the application of therapeutic approaches,
- CPD Training and Development,
- Independent Social Work support and assessment – to include fostering, permanence, mental health,
- Working systemically with Professionals and supporting families through a Solution-Focused approach, to include Supervision of Professionals in Social Work, Teaching and Therapeutic Professional roles.
I have over 20 years of experience working with young people and their families across health, educational and counselling settings. I started my career in South Devon working as both a Community Psychiatric Nurse with CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) and in Young People Inpatient setting. On leaving the NHS I have completed a degree in Counselling which has further strengthened the support and potential for change I can offer to Children and Young People, Families and Individual Adults Clients.
I strongly believe in working with individuals and families to explore their concerns, finding ways to resolve or manage then in an open, non-judgemental manner. Through the fostering of open communication I believe families can build their resilience together to cope with the difficulties we have to manage. A family is like a machine and all parts need to be nurtured and cared for if the machine is to function at its optimum. Through counselling I aim to offer an environment where you can find your own solutions and draw on the internal resources you already have and find greater resilience moving forward.
- Integrative Counselling for Young People, Families
- Individual Adult Counselling
- Couples Counselling
- Play based therapeutic sessions for children.
- Attachment-based nurturing support for children and families.
- Awareness of and training in child development
- Working together, with a range of professionals and supporting families through a solution-focused approach.
I am a Dramatherapist and have qualified with an MA in Dramatherapy and a BA (hons) First Class in Creative Expressive Therapies. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth). I am passionate about the therapeutic benefits that creative and dramatic forms can offer and have over 5 years experience of using these methods to facilitate learning, development and change. It can often be difficult and overwhelming to express what we are experiencing or feeling through verbal communicate alone; dramatherapy provides a space in which thoughts, feelings and behaviours can be creatively expressed and explored at a safe distance. As a Dramatherapist, in addition to talking, I use a range of tools to enable psychological, emotional and social changes, including:
- Play, movement, dramatization, role play and improvisation
- Music, sound and voice
- Story work
- Character and role development
- Puppets and masks
As a Dramatherapist I used a client-centred approach, meaning that I support the client in taking an active role in determining the direction and pace of their therapy; no skill or experience of acting is required. I work with children, young people and adults on an individual, group and family basis experiencing a range of circumstances, such as:
- Emotional, social, psychological and behavioural difficulties
- Mental health issues
- Learning disabilities and physical disabilities
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) & other Neuro-Developmental needs
- Relationship and communication difficulties
- Developmental and Attachment Disorders
As well as Psychotherapy, I have experience in youth work and complex cases within some of the most socially and economically deprived areas of the UK. I have supported those affected by gangs, drugs and alcohol and have worked closely with other professional agencies such as Schools and the Police.
Lindsay is a BACP Accredited Psychotherapist/Counsellor and University Lecturer. Lindsay’s counselling practice, supervision and teaching is based on a humanistic/person-centred approach; her wide experience supports the view that, given the right conditions, an individual has the capacity for self-help and healing. Lindsay is qualified through Barnardo’s in Attachment Focus Therapy, which underpins work supporting families and individuals where adoption is the focus of the work. Lindsay’s direct practice can also include life story work with young people.
Lindsay’s current portfolio also includes the provision of counselling and psychological support to looked after children in residential care; which extends to private counselling with young people (11+).
Lindsay holds a firm commitment to the relationship between theory and practice, which is supported by Academic Research required for a Lecturing post of a BA Counselling programme. In addition to a Lecturing role, Lindsay facilitates supervision of counsellors in training and the ongoing Supervision requirements post qualified for best practice.
- Registered and Accredited member of British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
- BA(Hons) Counselling Studies
- Dip HE in Person-Centred Counselling
- Certificate in CBT
- Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education
- HEA Fellow of Education (level 2)
- Certificate in Attachment Focused therapy Barnardo’s LINK (working with adopters and adoptees)
- Certificate in Supervision
Michaela has a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy since graduating has worked in both the charitable and public sector (NHS). Michaela has specialised in Paediatric Occupational Therapy and has further developed specialist knowledge in the field of Sensory Integration through post graduate training and clinical experience. Michaela has also worked in the education sector and as a youth worker where she supported 16-25 year olds in further education, employment and training.
As an Occupational Therapist Michaela uses a range of standardised and non-standardised assessments, parent/carer report and clinical observation to gain an understanding of the functional difficulties affecting a child’s ability to participate in their everyday activities. As part of the assessment Michaela will look at:
- Handwriting skills
- Seating and postural control
- Bilateral coordination
- Motor Coordination
- Visual Perception
Using a holistic Michaela helps children develop their skills and confidence to achieve their full potential and supports parents and carers in helping them gain knowledge and understanding of their child’s difficulties through this process.
Michaela continues to develop her skills and knowledge through academic study, and peer learning and is a member of the Sensory Integration Network and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. Michaela is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Association of Occupational Therapists.
Nurturing Parenting is the foundation for children to thrive, as they grow, develop and reach milestones, ‘The Nurturing Parent’ consultations provide an opportunity to be more holistic in parenting and for parents to identify ways to meet their child’s developmental, attachment and sensory needsSarah Muller, Managing Practitioner for Bespoke Practitioners