Dr. Alex Brown
Alex, a clinical psychologist, trained and worked in the NHS for seven and a half years. Alex specialises in working with children and young people (CYP), parents, and the wider family as well as healthcare teams, local authorities, social care and education settings.
Alex has experience across a range of settings within Clinical Psychology, including early years services (0-5 years) and CAMHS (5-18 years). However, her primary role within the NHS has been in a physical health setting (0-18 years). Alex has worked collaboratively with CYP and their families to develop person-centred interventions, involving relevant agencies (such as education) where needed to achieve the best outcome. She has worked with CYP and families on a 1:1, group and consultative basis.
In addition to providing talking therapies, Alex has conducted cognitive assessments across CAMHS, learning disability and physical health settings. These assessments provide a profile of a child’s cognitive strengths and areas of difficulty so that recommendations can be provided to support them across home, educational and work settings.
Alex is passionate about working holistically, taking into account any wider factors that may be contributing to presenting difficulties and working together to try to address these. She has previously advocated for families across various settings, for example with regards to reasonable adjustments and the Equality Act (2010). She is conscious of working in line with each family’s values, and hopes to create a safe space where families can feel comfortable to discuss their feelings, as well as any worries and concerns. Alex is open to feedback and learning, and different ways of working together. She believes that it is important to be aware of her own professional skills and limitations, and will signpost to other health professionals and services where these would be more appropriate.
Alex strives to work in a way that is trauma-informed and neurodiversity affirming, and is conscious of the social GGRRAAACCEEESSS framework when working together, adapting interventions where needed. This framework stands for: gender, geography, race, religion, age, ability, appearance, class, culture, ethnicity, education, employment, sexuality, sexual orientation and spirituality.
Alex completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (ClinPsyD) at The University of Manchester in 2020. She has completed additional training in the assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the Tree of Life narrative therapy, Webster-Stratton Incredible Years and Compassion-Focused Therapy.
Alex also has an interest in teaching, supervision and research. She has co-developed and delivered training to undergraduate students at Liverpool John Moores University, healthcare professionals and education staff. She has published research in journals such as Psychology and Psychotherapy (PAPTRAP), co-authored a commentary article in The Lancet and contributed to the Neonatal Families and Staff Together (NFaST) project.
Alex is registered with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist (PYL039494).
She is currently able to offer cognitive assessments and assessments of neurodevelopmental conditions (ASD and ADHD).
- Psychology (BSc with honours)
The University of Tasmania, Australia
- Certificate in Working with Substance Misuse
The Open University
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
St. Helen’s College
- Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)
The University of Manchester