Trudy Preston began working in the field of learning disabilities as a 1-1 support worker for children with additional learning needs in a mainstream nursery in 1991.
Trudy then worked as a support worker for adults with learning disabilities, challenging behaviour and autism within various residential settings, before going on to complete a degree in social work and learning disability nursing in 1997.
Upon qualifying Trudy began to practice as a social worker within statutory learning disability teams and developed her practice specifically in the field of autism over a 12 year period.
Trudy also worked freelance as a case manager for several years in the field of acquired brain injury before returning to her real passion of working with both children and adults diagnosed with autism, including high functioning autism and women and girls on the autistic spectrum.
Trudy has expertise in developing individual packages of care, advocacy, mentoring and vocational development and has considerable experience in working alongside clinical professionals both within the private and statutory sector to provide personalised support to individuals and their families.
Btec in social care
BA Hons degree in learning disability nursing and social work studies
HCPC registered- registration number SW63267
Emma Rye is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who has specialised in working with autistic people, and people with learning disabilities, since obtaining her professional qualification in 1994. Emma is trained in the diagnostic assessment of autism, including the use of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS). Emma has many years’ experience of offering psychological therapy to autistic adults and young people, as well as offering support and advice to their families, paid carers and other professional staff. She has a particular interest in working with families to help them understand the impact of autism on their family, and develop different ways to support and respond to each other. She is skilled in working with autistic women and girls and their families.
Emma has specialised in working with people who have experienced abuse, or other trauma, in childhood and/ or adulthood. She has a particular interest in helping autistic people understand the impact of psychological trauma on their lives.
Emma’s clinical practice is LGBTQ+ affirming and anti-racist, with many decades’ experience of working with and empowering people with a wide range of protected characteristics, including physical and learning disabilities.
Emma is qualified in using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) which is a highly effective therapy to help process psychological trauma and distress. Emma also has completed additional training in using psychodynamic models to inform her psychological work, and is experienced in using CBT and systemic family therapy models.
Emma has an MSc in offering supervision and consultation and is on the British Psychological Society (BPS) register of supervisors. She is skilled in offering supervision, consultation and training in relation to autism, trauma, and a wide range of psychological issues to other psychologists and professionals: individually or to whole staff teams within organisations – including in education as well as health services.
Emma works four days a week as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the National Health Service (NHS).
Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health Law: Distinction (University of Northumbria); Trained in use of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS); Introductory and Intermediate Course on Psychodynamic Work in Mental Handicap (Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust); MSc in Supervision and Consultation – Psychotherapeutic & Organisational Approaches (University of Surrey); South East Thames Regional Health Authority Training in Clinical Psychology (British Psychological Society); BA (Hons) in Psychology and Philosophy (University of Oxford).
HCPC registration number: PYL23817
BPS membership number: 183487
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