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Educational psychologists help you and your family with learning, development, and wellbeing 

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Last updated Aug 11, 2021 by Dr. Sheri Jacobson Dr. Sheri Jacobson

Educational Psychologists at Harley Therapy™ London

Worried about your child or teenager's development? 

Are they struggling at school, acting out, or not fitting in with others? Have gifts that are not being supported? Or are you yourself secretly struggling with reading and writing? An educational psychologist can help. 

What is an educational psychologist?

An educational psychologist is an expert on learning, and how it is affected by mental, emotional, and environmental factors. 

They work with children and young people who are experiencing difficulties in educational settings, assessing barriers to learning and recommending strategies to help a child reach his or her potential. 

Adults can also benefit from seeing an educational psychologist if they suspect they have a learning difficulty or developmental disorder that was overlooked in their childhood, or are interested in IQ or psychometric testing. 

What can an educational psychologist help with? 

They can help with a wide range of learning and developmental issues, including:

  • literacy and maths difficulties 
  • language and communication difficulties 
  • developmental trauma and attachment difficulties
  • behaviour management
  • social skills development
  • emotional difficulties including stress, anxiety, and depression 
  • raising self-esteem, confidence, and resilience.

And they provide diagnostic assessments and support for children and adults with: 

  • dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyspraxia
  • developmental disorders
  • gifted and talented
  • learning difficulties and complex needs.

Educational psychologists can also advise on: 

  • autism spectrum disorder 
  • parental and caregiver support 
  • foster parenting and adoption concerns 
  • therapeutic and behavioural management programmes
  • support from local authorities
  • nurseries, childcare, colleges, universities
  • applications for Education, Health and Care Plans (EHC)
  • statements of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

And they also offer advice and training for other professionals. 

*Please also note that prior to attending an assessment with an Educational Psychologist, there has to have been medical documentation about the condition from a GP, paediatrician or community team. Children under the age of 3 cannot be assessed.* 

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In some cases a diagnosis can be achieved in a single session. For complex learning challenges, several sessions might be spent appraising your child's skills, and follow up appointments will be booked to help your family integrate a treatment plan. 

Find out how an educational psychologist can help your family

Our highly experienced educational psychologists are chosen for their expertise and training, and are committed to your family's wellbeing. If you are at all worried about a member of your family, why not get in touch to discuss your concerns?

Call us now or book online to make a confidential appointment with one of our educational psychologists in the City of London, Harley Street, or London Bridge.

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Harley Therapy Ltd. “Educational Psychologist London • Private Psychology • Harley Therapy™”. Harley Therapy, 11 Aug. 2021, https://www.harleytherapy.co.uk/educational-psychology.htm. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.


Harley Therapy Ltd. (2021, August 11). Educational Psychologist London • Private Psychology • Harley Therapy™. Retrieved from https://www.harleytherapy.co.uk/educational-psychology.htm


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