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About Kim, the Company and our Associates

About Kim S. Golding

I am a clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience working within the NHS.

Kim Golding

With an early life touched by the mental illness of a close family member it is perhaps not surprising that I chose Clinical Psychology after graduating from Cardiff University. I gained an MSC from Leicester University later returning to Cardiff to top this up to a doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Always working with children and families I have done a range of things including supporting children with Down’s Syndrome; sleep difficulties; on the edge of care; and living within or adopted from the looked after system. Within all this experience I have always been interested in working with parents to develop their parenting skills tailored to the particular needs of the children they are caring for.

I am proud to have been involved in the setting up and evaluation of the Integrated Service for Looked After and Adopted Children, in Worcester, UK. This service provides support for foster, adoptive and residential parents, schools and the range of professionals around the children growing up in care or in adoptive families.

In my practice I focus on understanding the impact of early experience on the development of children. I explore ways to support and parent these children so that they can overcome their fear of being parented. In this way children can develop to their full potential, feel safe in relationships and go out into the world able to follow their dreams.

I have been fortunate to have been trained and mentored by Dan Hughes in the use of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Practice (DDP). This approach, based on what we understand about the attachment and trauma needs of the children, underpins the support that we offer through Consultation, Training and Supervision.

Trainer; Author and Story Teller

As a child I was always inventing stories, a pleasure I have passed on to my son Alex and daughter Lily. We named a tree we passed going to and from school ‘the story tree’. We would pause there on sunny afternoons to tell each other stories. In our way we have each continued to have stories as an important part of who we are and what we do.

Communicating through story and through the written and spoken word has therefore been an important part of my journey as a Clinical Psychologist both through training and group work as well as through writing.

About the Company

We set up Kim S Golding Ltd. at the beginning of 2015 to provide clinical psychology services.

Our vision is to provide a service that communicates psychology clearly so that others can increase their understanding and ability to help traumatized children.

Kim and Chris
Kim Golding and Chris Barrett

Drawing on Kim’s experience of working with parents and children, we provide training, consultation and supervision to those parenting and supporting children who have experienced trauma early in life from within their biological families.

The company is run by Kim and her husband Chris Barrett.

Our Associates

All our associates are clinical psychologists who have an interest in working with developmentally traumatized children and their families.

They have experience and training to understand the impact of trauma on the development and mental health of the children and young people. This includes training in using DDP and Theraplay principles.

Associates are personally trained and supervised by Kim to provide therapeutic interventions, training and consultation.

Meet our associates:

Eleanor Brown

Dr Eleanor Brown is a Clinical Psychologist working within Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.

Eleanor has a background working with complex families on the edge of care as well as those already within the care system, developing her passion for supporting the emotional and social needs of looked after and adopted children and their families.

Eleanor’s interest in attachment and developmental trauma has led her to become trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and she is currently completing her practicum to become a qualified DDP Practitioner. Eleanor’s current level of training in both DDP and Theraplay enables her to work therapeutically with parents, carers and children to facilitate trust, security and attachment relationships.

Dr Ann Laight

BSc (Hons) Psychology; D. Clin. Psych.

Dr Ann Laight is a practising Clinical Psychologist registered with the HCPC and The British Psychological Society.

After 6 years working with a wide range of ages and presentations in the field of Clinical Psychology, she was awarded her Clinical Psychology Doctorate in 2006. At this time Ann went on to specialise in working with children, adolescents and families within a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in the NHS. This enabled her to pursue her interest in Attachment focused work, which she had begun whilst working in the Integrated service for Looked After Children (ISL), supervised by Kim Golding.

Amongst her specialist areas of training Ann has completed Level 1 Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Ann continues to use the DDP principles in all areas of clinical work and continues to receive supervision from Kim. She will work towards full accreditation in the near future.

Dr Kate Mason

BSc (Hons), DClinpsy, Cpsychol, AFBPsS, HCPC registered.

Dr Kate Mason is a chartered Clinical Psychologist and has been working within the field of psychology for 13 years, both in the private sector and the NHS. She was awarded her clinical doctorate in 2010.

During this time Kate has worked with a broad range of presentations with both adults and young people experiencing psychological and emotional distress, one of her many roles has been part of the Integrated Services for Looked after children (ISL) in Worcester under the supervision of Kim Golding, offering consultation and support to foster carers and adoptive parents as well as children and young people in the looked after system.

Kate uses an eclectic approach to her work and draws on psychological theories such as attachment to inform her practice as well as using principles of Theraplay to help build and enhance the bond between carergiver and child and develop self esteem. Kate is also trained to level one in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, and actively uses DDP principles in her practice, she is working towards becoming accredited under the supervision of Kim.

Kate currently works part time for the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) as well as in her own Practice based in Worcester. In addition to individual therapy Kate offers training, supervision and consultation to healthcare professionals and educational settings.

Dr Sabrina Su-Lin Chan

Dr Sabrina Su-Lin Chan is a fully-registered clinical psychologist currently practicing in the West Midlands, UK, while pursuing her accreditation in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.

After leaving Singapore and a career in early years education to pursue her undergraduate studies in the University of Melbourne, Sabrina went on to complete her professional doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

While Sabrina has garnered a wide range of experience working with various populations across age groups and needs since 2008, she has a particular interest in working with looked-after children and their caregivers. Sabrina also values working systemically, experiencing collaborative stakeholder functioning, and facilitating knowledge and understanding of the child and its system’s needs as the key to providing effective, holistic and child-centred care.

In addition to possessing advanced skills in psychological assessments and various modes of therapy, Sabrina is keen on continuing to develop her passion in complex trauma, interpersonal neurobiology of attachment & trauma, and transcultural mental health.