Dr Naomi Coleman
BSc (Hons), MEd, DClinPsy, CPsychol, AFBPsS
Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychologist
Dr Coleman is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist specialising in child and adolescent mental health. She has significant expertise in the assessment and therapeutic treatment of a range of developmental, emotional and behavioural difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma, social communication, difficulties of attention and hyperactivity and associated behaviour problems. Offering a bespoke service to meet individual and family needs using a range of therapeutic techniques, Dr Coleman adopts an integrated approach to help children achieve to the best of their potential.
Dr Coleman studied Neuroscience at Sussex University, which served to shape her understanding of the links between the brain, personal experience and behaviour. She then went on to complete a Masters in Educational Psychology at Manchester University with a specialist focus on child development, education strategies and individual learning styles. Her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London focused on understanding mental health difficulties within individual and social contexts to help manage psychological distress.
Her academic, research and clinical experience in the following years have provided an extensive knowledge base to help improve children’s emotional, social and academic wellbeing and development. For example in a previous post, Dr Coleman jointly set up and developed a busy and successful parenting service working as a Clinical Psychologist and parenting lead for the London Borough of Ealing. This included specialist work in tailoring and delivering a range of targeted parenting groups for mothers and fathers of 0-18 year olds, to help manage behavioural difficulties and enhance family relationships. A community psychology approach was also used to develop supportive structures in the wider social context. Furthermore, as a highly specialist Clinical Psychologist within a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) team in Barnet, Dr Coleman regularly offered consultation to parents and schools as well as individual or group work with young people and their families. Dr Coleman has also specialised in a Neurodevelopmental CAMHS team assessing and supporting young people and their families with autism spectrum conditions, learning disabilities and ADHD.
Whilst holding an awareness of the uniqueness and complexity of the individual in her clinical practice, Dr Coleman’s own personal experiences have helped to foster a deep understanding of the impact of suffering and loss in the family. For example, following personal chronic family illness and bereavement of a sibling with three young children, she became a founder and continuing board member of a successful charity abroad for children with a family member facing cancer at home.
A committed advocate for the promotion of emotional health within the family as a whole, Dr Coleman is a chartered and associate fellow member of the British Psychological Society and registered with the Health Professions Council.