Dr Susan Pooley is a British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered clinical psychologist and who qualified in the U.K (Salomons Doctoral Training Programme). She has more than 17 years post-qualification experience working with children, adolescents, adults, parents and families who have experienced developmental trauma with symptoms of post-traumatic stress, anxiety and low mood, neurodiversity and common emotional well-being and interpersonal difficulties.
She has worked in specialist and general services for people across the life-span, as an editor of Clinical Psychology Forum, lecturer on the Surrey Doctoral Training Programme and held senior management roles in services for care-experienced children, adolescents and young adults as well as general child and adolescent mental health services. She won a national research prize for her doctoral research and has published in the areas of psychology and law.
Her work in independent private practice includes psychological assessment (development, neurodevelopment, behaviour, cognitive, mental health, social functioning, risk) and psychotherapeutic treatment utilising EMDR, cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic and systemic therapy methods. Treatment is based on the needs of the client/family with a foundation in a good therapeutic relationship. She also offers child and adult intellectual ability assessments (IQ). She provides supervision for clinicians and clinical teams in the NHS, consultation and training, as well as working regularly as an expert witness for the family courts. She is an active member of the Clinicians and Professionals working with Looked After and Adopted Children (CPLAAC).
She has completed basic and advanced training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) as well as both levels of the Child & Adolescent Adapted EMDR training.