Who we are

South London Psychology Partnership was founded in 2012 by Dr. Caroline Gratton and Dr. Kate Davis to meet the needs of autistic teens and adults as well as their families.
Dr Caroline Gratton - South London Psychology Partnership

HCPC registration number PYL24174
BPS membership number 098338

Dr Kate Davis - South London Psychology Partnership

HCPC registration number PYL03462
BPS membership number 221602


Trudy began her career as a 1-1 support worker for children with additional learning needs in a mainstream nursery.

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.

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 15-year period.

Trudy then 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 children and adults diagnosed with an autistic spectrum condition.

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 sectors to provide personalised support to individuals and their families.

Trudy has worked as an associate at South London Psychology Partnership since 2017. This is alongside her role as a Specialist Mentor providing 1-1 support to students that are diagnosed with a specific learning difference or mental health conditions within universities (funded by the Disabled Student Allowance).

Trudy can offer support with PIP applications, employment and educational advice, attending health appointments and relevant liaison, social support, working alongside people to implement systems within their home and is able to offer tailor made support plans post diagnosis where required.

Trudy works closely with our Psychologists to provide a team approach on individual cases where required.

Trudy recently applied and was accepted to do her DISCO training and is working towards accreditation.

To practice as a social worker in the UK you must be registered with Social Work England (formerly HCPC) and hold a DBS certificate.

Relevant Qualifications

  • BA hons degree in Learning Disability Nursing and Social Work studies
  • Training currently in the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Social & Communication Disorders (NAS Lorna Wing Centre for Autism)
Trudy Preston - South London Psychology Partnership

SWE 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).

Relevant Qualifications

  • 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)
Emma Rye - South London Psychology Partnership

HCPC registration number PYL23817
BPS membership number 183487

“Myself and my partner have worked with both Emma and Caroline at various points over several years. Their expertise on the neurodiverse brain, the joys and challenges it can bring; especially in navigating close relationships over time for the neurodiverse individual and family members in better understanding them (particularly if the family members have alternate ways of seeing or doing), has supported us as individuals and as a family. Caroline has worked with my husband and we have - together with Emma - in four way couples therapy sessions made steps towards a more integrated and happier understanding of ourselves and what we need. I have returned to see Emma at various intervals over the past four years and she has provided me with professional guidance and counselling to support me through the unprecedented effects of the pandemic and milestones such as bereavement, difficulties with my partner and other moments of transition. Caroline and Emma’s support is always considered, professional emphatic and purposefully charged with strategies to support in living life with in a way that boosts optimism and direction. I highly recommend the team at South London Partnership. Thank you, wonderful women!” - a wife of an autistic man

"It is impossible to find words to convey the monumentally positive impact Dr Kate Davis and Dr Caroline Gratton have had on mine and my husbands lives. Before meeting them, my mental health had been on a relentlessly downward trajectory and I thought I was going mad from noticing how differently I perceived the world and behaved to those around me. I met Dr Kate Davis who truly felt like the first person I’d met who understood me (and I’ve seen a lot of psychologists!) - she knows me better than I know myself!"

“I wholeheartedly recommend Emma as a psychotherapist. In a particularly difficult chapter of my life, as I was caring for my ill mother, Emma's support was invaluable. She bolstered my confidence and reassured me as I navigated major decisions affecting my family. Emma has a remarkable knack for listening and empathising, making one feel thoroughly understood and appreciated. Her guidance provided clarity and strength during a challenging period. It's quite rare to come across someone so adept at aiding personal growth and resilience in tough times. For anyone facing hard times and in need of compassionate, professional support, Emma is a superb choice. Her positive impact on my life and my family’s journey has been immense, and I'm deeply grateful for her assistance” - KB