About Devon Child Psychology

Devon Child Psychology - Dr Nicola Hirsch & Dr Alex Boyd

Devon Child Psychology
Dr Nicola Hirsch & Dr Alex Boyd

Devon Child Psychology is an independent psychology practice run by expert child psychologists Dr Nicola Hirsch and Dr Alex Boyd.

We are experienced Clinical Psychologists offering online and face-to-face support in the Exeter/Devon area, specialising in both day-to-day and more complex concerns experienced by children, young people and parents.

We have comprehensive NHS experience and are actively involved in the training and supervision of other professionals. We are accredited and registered with several key professional bodies, including the BPS, HCPC and BABCP.

How we can help

We have the skills, knowledge and expertise to work with children and young people of all ages, as well as parents and young adults.

We offer consultation, assessment and therapeutic support for a wide range of emotional, behavioural and developmental concerns. As child psychologists, we can help with the challenges that come with particular stages of development, such as the early years, transition to school, adolescence and transition to adulthood.

We can also provide parenting support and carry out specialist assessments for more complex issues such as Autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions.

We are experienced in assessing and supporting a range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, low mood and phobias, and can provide support with behaviour, peer relationships issues and school-based difficulties.

“Our mission is to work in a non-judgemental and supportive way, using evidence-based techniques and good practice guidance, to improve things for children, young people and families who are struggling.”

- Nicola Hirsch and Alex Boyd, founders of Devon Child Psychology-
child psychologist Dr Nicola Hirsch from Devon Child Psychology

Dr. Nicola Hirsch

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.

child psychologist Dr Alex Boyd from Devon Child Psychology

Dr. Alexandra Boyd

Alex is an HCPC and BPS registered Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with the British Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies (BABCP).  

With over 15 years of experience in mental health, Alex has worked across a range of adult and child services, including perinatal services and physical health settings. She has previously worked as Clinical Lead for Paediatric Psychology Services in North Devon, and as Lead Psychologist on a pilot, providing multidisciplinary care for children with complex medically unexplained health presentations. 

For the last 12 years Alex has specialised in working with children, families and young adults, and over recent years has used this expertise to build her private practice. Alex also has a strong academic background, and since 2013, has worked at the University of Exeter training other professionals on how to deliver evidence-based psychological therapies for children and young people. 

Alex has significant experience of working with a range of mental health difficulties, including anxiety and depression, alongside expertise in managing the impact of physical health complexities and neurodevelopmental conditions. 

Alex has experience of working alongside other multidisciplinary professionals to assess for conditions such as Autism.  Through her ongoing work, she has built strong links with other settings and services supporting the children and families she works with and has contributed to the development of effective support plans and interventions to ensure they get the support they need.

Alex is also an experienced clinical and academic supervisor and has undertaken further training in supervision in order to support other professionals in the field. 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 of Exeter combining this role with independent practice.