My name is Liz Dawes, and I am the Founder and Director of Every Mind Child Psychology.
I am a clinical psychologist specialising in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. I trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Oxford and I have worked in the private sector ever since. I am a Health and Care Professions Council registered psychologist and a British Psychological Society Chartered Clinical Psychologist.
After qualifying in 2011, I spent some time travelling in Australia, working with children with a range of mental health and behavioural difficulties. During this time, I was extremely fortunate to be able to work alongside Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett, (internationally recognised experts in autism spectrum disorders), specialising in diagnostic assessments and social skills group interventions; an area of continued interest for me. Dr Michelle Garnett continues to offer me supervision all the way from Australia.
Throughout my career to date, I have had a special interest in working with children and those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. I have developed and run a social skills programme to help children to make and maintain friendships. I have also developed an intervention group specifically for teenage girls on the spectrum, aimed at increasing their self- awareness, identity and enabling them to cope with anxiety. I will also be developing a social skills group programme for teenage girls with autism and hope to run this very soon.
I have a real passion for working with children and their families, empowering children to reach their full potential. I aim to be incredibly creative and flexible within a session with a child, working at their pace and utilising their own interests and hobbies as natural motivators. I am always looking for new and innovative ways to deliver therapies, and regularly attend training and CPD events to stay abreast of research and developments in the area. I will adapt the therapy to meet the needs of the child, utilising a mainly cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) framework. I also use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative therapy and Mindfulness based approaches.
I enjoy teaching and have created and run a number of local parent workshops. I am committed to research and as well as reading to stay abreast of developments in the area, I contribute to the literature with my own service evaluations and research.