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Miri Sizak-Cohen

Miri Sizak-Cohen, Child and adolescent clinical psychologist, London

Miri Sizak-Cohen BA, (Hons), MA (Clinical psychology) Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychologist Ms Sizak-Cohen is a Senior Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS), and the Health Professions Council (HPC). She has over 25 years of experience working in community, residential, mental health and hospital settings. Ms Sizak-Cohen works with children, adolescents, and adults, presenting mental health, behavioural, developmental, emotional and family difficulties. Ms Sizak-Cohen has extensive expertise in assessment and therapeutic treatment using a range of therapeutic techniques including individual, couple, group work and parent’s consultation. She adopts an integrated approach, (psychodynamic, CBT, systemic) to help children and adolescents achieve to the best of their potential, and to enhance family relationships. In her current post in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in the London Borough of Hackney, Ms Sizak-Cohen has developed successful parenting programs working as a clinical psychologist and parenting lead. There she has developed a range of parenting groups for parents with children with special needs/disabilities in order to help manage behavioural difficulties and enhance positive family relationships. Ms Sizak-Cohen’s broad experience of working in different settings (children and adult mental health teams hospitals, inpatient and outpatient, and schools) within different cultures, has enabled her to gain deep understanding and ability to work with cultural differences and contexts. In addition to her clinical work, Ms Sizak-Cohen provides clinical supervision, consultation and training to a range of organisations in both the independent and statutory sectors for children, young people and their families. Languages: English, Hebrew...

Lucille Balcombe

Lucille Balcombe, Registered Mental Health Nurse

Lucille Balcombe MSc, RMN Registered Mental Health Nurse Lucille is a registered Mental Health Nurse who has specialised in child and adolescent mental health for 23 years. She has a strong track record in successful outcomes with children, young people and their parents through her direct clinical work, and is seen as an expert in parenting and family group work. In her senior role within a multi-disciplinary CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) team based in North London she is Lead Nurse, acting in both a teaching and advisory role. She is also accountable for the assessment and direct treatment of care to children and young people in her current role within the NHS. Lucille provides optimum treatment of disorders such as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), anxiety and depression, using a range of modalities including CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy). In carrying out clinical assessments of young people and their families Lucille utilises highly advanced analytical and interpersonal skills, providing expert opinion to a huge range of professionals. Lucille worked with a group of health professionals to develop an MSc in Transdisciplinary Working in child mental health at Brunel University, and during this time was Associate Lecturer. She was asked by Young Minds to join them with City University in developing an MSc in Inter-Professional practice (CAMHS), seeing it through the process of validation. After completion she later taught as a Visiting Lecturer....

Dr Su Sukumaran

Dr Su Sukumaran MB ChB, DCCH, MRCPsych, LLM Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr Su Sukumaran has been a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist since 1999, and has a special interest in Neurodevelopmental Disorders; the psychological aspects of physical illness; the impact of adult mental illness on children and families; and Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies and Parent Training. She read Medicine at the University of Liverpool and worked in Adult Medicine and Paediatrics before undertaking General Psychiatric training at Guy’s and Thomas’s Hospitals, followed by Child and Adolescent Psychiatric training at St Mary’s, Paddington. Dr Sukumaran was then appointed as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Honorary Senior Lecturer (Imperial College) in Ealing CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service), where she built up the Neurodevelopmental Team. A career and maternity break followed, during which she moved to Hong Kong, where she obtained a Master of Laws in Human Rights. This has given her a deeper understanding of health as a basic right in itself and its interconnectedness with other human rights. Since her return to London, Dr Sukumaran has been a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Paediatric Liaison and community CAMHS teams in Barnet. She is active in teaching medical students and trainees in Psychiatry and other disciplines, and regularly consults to colleagues in Primary Care, Education and Social Care. She maintains her interest in Human Rights and in particular, children’s rights, through her membership of the Special Committee on Human Rights of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and the Child Rights Alliance for England. Other voluntary-sector experience includes work with the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture and charities for the homeless, fostering and adoption, and for families of children with special needs. Dr. Sukumaran’s broad experience means that she adopts an integrated approach, combining physical, developmental, emotional, family and wider community perspectives. She works closely with multidisciplinary colleagues and other children’s services, such as schools and Paediatricians, whenever possible. Languages: English, French, Tamil and Malayalam...