Dr. Nicola Hirsch
Nicola is an HCPC and BPS registered clinical psychologist with a special interest in child development and neurodevelopment, anxiety, parenting, chronic or life-limiting illness and supporting families through times of challenge. She has significant experience in the areas of child health and complex development, having worked extensively for a number of years in a leading national hospital dedicated to specialist cardiac and respiratory medicine. Nicola is the Clinical Lead for Paediatric Clinical Psychology Services at the RD&E Hospital in Exeter. Within her previous role as Senior Clinical Psychologist at the Exeter Specialist Under 5’s Child Development Centre, Nicola contributed to the multidisciplinary assessment of infants and pre-school age children with a wide range of neurodevelopmental difficulties. She was responsible for carrying out specialist cognitive and developmental assessments and worked closely with other professionals to provide understanding and diagnosis of specific developmental conditions such as Autism. Nicola currently offers therapeutic interventions to children and families with a range of difficulties, including attachment, relationship & early interaction difficulties, problems with feeding, anxiety, low mood and difficulties with education & learning and challenging behaviour. She has an interest in improving children’s sleep and self-regulation and working with other professionals to address the impact of sensory processing difficulties on wider development and day-to-day life. Nicola also works closely with parents and families to provide support around diagnosis and the challenges of parenting a child who is behaving or developing differently. Nicola provides consultation, training and supervision to other professionals and works closely with other settings and services involved in each child’s care.
Dr. Alexandra Boyd
Alex is a HCPC registered and BPS registered Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with the British Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies (BABCP). She has a specialist interest in working with children, families and young adults. She has significant experience in working with mental health difficulties (such as anxiety and depression), physical health complexities and neurodevelopmental conditions. Until recently Alex worked both within the NHS as a Senior Clinical Psychologist at the RD&E and at the University of Exeter. Alex is currently the Director of Children and Young People’s Mental Health Training Programmes at the University combining this role with independent practice. She has both extensive experience in training and consultation as well as direct work with young people and families.