Dr Tanya Rawlinson
D.Clin.Psych, BSc (Hons) Psychology, CPsychol
The Natural Health Clinic, Gloucester Road, Bristol.
Tanya Rawlinson is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in a range of psychological issues relating to emotional, physical, learning and social communication difficulties in children and young people.
Tanya holds a highly specialist position within NHS Paediatric services providing complex assessment and therapeutic case-work. She has additionally worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and has over 10 years experience of working with children who have a diagnosis of autism. She completed her doctoral research on parental coping and is experienced at supporting parents and families with their own expertise to assess the underlying causes of children’s behaviour and explore positive solutions. She is experienced at working with pre-school as well as school-aged children.
Tanya is registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and is chartered through the British Psychological Society.
Areas of Specialist Experience
Tanya believes in building resilience in children and families through early recognition and intervention. Tanya is skilled at carrying out complex assessment with children presenting with unclear combinations of emotional, learning and/or social communication difficulties. She draws on social, psychological factors as well as cognitive and educational assessment (where appropriate) to piece together different aspects of a child’s development. The resulting report provides a comprehensive ‘snapshot’ of the child’s strengths, difficulties and needs and most importantly promotes their potential.
Tanya is skilled in the assessment of social, communication difficulties and is qualified to deliver ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule). She also works locally as an Earlybird Trainer facilitating The National Autistic Society training course for parents post-diagnosis.
Tanya’s child-centred approach engages children creatively supporting them to feel at ease. She gently encourages the motivations of the child or young person through exploring their own goals, wishes and values. For younger children she uses play-based strategies and consultation with parents to support the child’s emotional development and positive parent-child relationships. Tanya incorporates a range of approaches in her therapeutic work to suit each individual child and carefully considers the needs of siblings and parents as well. Approaches include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Attachment Therapy, Mindfulness and Positive Behaviour Support. Tanya works sensitively with children/young people, families and professionals to make sense of difficulties, supporting a shared understanding and positive ways forward.