Dr. Nicola Hirsch
Director & Clinical Psychologist
Nicola is an HCPC and BPS registered Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years experience of working with children, young people and families. She has a special interest in child development and neurodevelopment and has worked extensively with children, schools and families to find ways to understand and support the additional challenges and strengths that developmental differences can bring.
Nicola has significant experience in the areas of child health and complex development. She previously worked for a number of years in a leading national hospital dedicated to specialist cardiac and respiratory medicine and 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 also currently offers therapeutic interventions to children and families with a range of difficulties, including attachment, relationship & early interaction difficulties, problems with feeding, behaviour, anxiety, low mood and difficulties coping with social interaction, education & learning.
She has an interest in improving children’s sleep and self-regulation and working with other professionals to address the impact of sensory integration 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.