Meet the Educational Psychologists

Dr Robert Beadel, CPsychol, AFBPsS
Dr Robert Beadel, CPsychol, AFBPsSDirector and Consultant Educational Psychologist
Rob is a Consultant Educational Psychologist and HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist. He has 14 years experience of working as an Educational Psychologist and Senior Educational Psychologist at Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Local Authorities. Before training as a psychologist, Rob was a deputy headteacher at school for children with emotional, behaviour and social difficulties.

Rob is a member of the British Psychological Society including the ‘Division of Educational and Child Psychology’ and the ‘Special interest Group in Coaching Psychology.’

Rob is a Founder of Psychology4Learning, and is able to provide professional support to P4L Educational Psychologists.

Dr Paula Williams, MSc., PGCE., BA (Hons)
Dr Paula Williams, MSc., PGCE., BA (Hons)Director and Consultant Educational Psychologist
Paula has 27 years’ experience and has worked in a number of Local Authorities, building up a wealth of knowledge and experience. She has held specialist posts within the Looked After Service (Coventry); Rowan’s Children’s Centre (Milton Keynes); been a Nurture Group Trainer; Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TAMHS) Facilitator and joint lead trainer in Bucks, rolling out the Children and Families Act (2014) reforms.

She is keen to make psychology accessible to a wide audience, confident that lives can be improved through the application of evidenced based practices. Her particular interests are in Early Years and Mental Health issues. Paula is also trained in: Solution based therapy, Detraumatisation and fast phobia treatment (Human Givens), The Incredible Years (Webster-Stratton) Parenting programme, The Nurture Programme – Family Links Parenting programme. In Milton Keyens she was known as the sleep lady after successfully helping many parents to achieve a better night’s sleep.

Paula is a Founder of Psychology4Learning, and is able to provide professional support to P4L Educational Psychologists.

Claire Olliffe, BA (Hons), DipM
Claire Olliffe, BA (Hons), DipMBusiness Director
Claire manages the sales, marketing, finance and customer service elements of Psychology4Learning. She deals with customer queries and coordinates work with the Educational Pyschologists.

Claire has 10 years experience of working in the public sector, with roles in both the NHS and Local Authorities, managing the business side of clinical services.

Before working in the Public sector, Claire worked in international technology companies, developing and managing strategic marketing programmes.

Sharon Evans, BA (Hons), PGCE, MSc Ed Psych
Sharon Evans, BA (Hons), PGCE, MSc Ed PsychAssociate Educational Psychologist
Sharon has worked as an Educational Psychologist in Local Authorities for many years. She has an excellent reputation with our schools, meaning her services are always in demand.
Dr Sangeeta Silva, BA (Hons), PGCE, MSc
Dr Sangeeta Silva, BA (Hons), PGCE, MScAssociate Educational Psychologist
Sangeeta has more than fourteen years experience working for several local educational authorities, the last eight years working on yearly or shorter term contracts employed by schools and local authorities as an independent consultant educational psychologist. Sangeeta is an Associate Educational Psychologist with P4L.

She completed a doctorate in Educational Psychology (April 2010) and her thesis area focused on strengthening parental contributions to school readiness and early childhood learning. Sangeeta originally trained as a primary school teacher and has specialised experience with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2).

Dr Carolyn Beecham, BSc, QTS, MSc, DEdPsy
Dr Carolyn Beecham, BSc, QTS, MSc, DEdPsyAssociate Educational Psychologist
Carolyn initially worked as a secondary school teacher in Hertfordshire, before completing a MSc in Educational psychology in 2005, followed by a Doctorate in 2012. Following the MSc in Educational Psychology, Carolyn worked as a Local Authority Educational Psychologist for 11 years.
Dr Hester Riviere
Dr Hester RiviereAssociate Educational Psychologist
Hester is an experienced Educational Psychologist skilled in Coaching, Educational Psychology, Attachment Theory, Psychological Assessment, and Learning Disabilities. She is a strong healthcare services professional with a Doctor of Professional Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology focused in Educational Psychology from The Institute of Education, University of London.
Dr Rachel Lander
Dr Rachel LanderAssociate Educational Psychologist
Rachel has worked for several different Local Authority Educational Psychology Services over the past 9 years including Warwickshire and Buckinghamshire. Areas of particular interest include nurturing relationships between adults and children, supporting children to develop their cognitive skills and supporting language development.

Rachel gained her doctorate of Educational Psychology at the University of Southampton and has a Masters degree from the University of Cambridge.

Dr Julia Crane
Dr Julia CraneAssociate Educational Psychologist
Dr Julia Crane is a Chartered Educational Psychologist, registered with the both the HCPC and BPS. With over 20 years experience including a background in university teaching and assessment on both Masters and Doctorate level training programmes. Julia is also an accredited Video Interaction Guidance practitioner and trainee supervisor. Julia conducts privately commissioned Educational Psychology assessments, training and tailored individual/group interventions for schools and parents/carers. This includes out assessment work with children and adults to identify specific learning difficulties and more complex SEN, poviding expert witness advice for SEND tribunals, giving evidence for examination concessions, and providing supporting evidence for university students who are applying for Disabled Students’ Allowance.
Dr Lauren Freemantle
Dr Lauren FreemantleAssociate Educational Psychologist
Dr Lauren Freemantle is a Chartered Educational Psychologist, having studied at the University of Nottingham.
Dr Clare Otter
Dr Clare OtterAssociate Educational Psychologist
Clare is an experienced Educational Psychologist (EP) who qualified in 2010 after completing the professional training doctorate at the University of Nottingham. Clare has 15 years’ experience of working as a Senior, Maingrade, Trainee and Assistant EP within local authorities in the East of England and East Midlands regions. She enjoys working with children and young people across the age range and with a variety of needs, but has a particular interest in promoting social and emotional wellbeing in schools. Clare’s doctoral research focused on the impact of small group interventions on children’s social and emotional development, and she later went on to become involved with local authority project work around Targeted Mental Health in Schools and Wellbeing for Education Return. Clare has also worked as a primary school teacher and play worker.
Monica Gehrke BSc (Hons), MSc (Psych), PGDip, MSc Ed Psych
Monica Gehrke BSc (Hons), MSc (Psych), PGDip, MSc Ed PsychAssociate Educational Psychologist
Monica has worked as an Educational Psychologist within Local Authority Educational Psychology Services for the past 13 years both in Edinburgh City and Warwickshire County.
Having a wide range of experience within the education sector including secondary school teaching and work in specialist and mainstream schools supporting children with various needs from early years to post 16 has led to an interest in many areas and approaches to supporting children, and the systems around them, to develop and evolve.
Monica gained her Masters in Educational Psychology in 2009 from the University of Strathclyde and became a Chartered Educational Psychologist in 2011.
Dr Deborah King BSc, MEdPsy, DEdPsy
Dr Deborah King BSc, MEdPsy, DEdPsyEducational Psychologist
Deb has over 20 years’ experience working as an Educational Psychologist in Local Authority schools and Academies. Her interests are children’s confidence and learning, especially in maths. After teaching she did a Masters in Educational Psychology at Exeter, and then a doctorate in Educational Psychology at UCL.