Lesley Simpson-Gray | ACTO

Lesley Simpson-Gray

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Therapist Information
Senior Professional Member

I value the expressive capacity that we get from connecting using a mixture of virtual, and augmented reality, online art, games, images, animation, characters, stories and music and the ability for children and young people to connect in ways that are meaningful and culturally relevant. In my practice, our aim is to learn more about ourselves and find safe, playful ways online to express our feelings.

Sometimes, children and young people use unhealthy ways to express a range of emotions. Behaviours like anger, anger, anxiety, depression, sensory needs, attachment needs are sometimes their way of bringing our attention to developmental needs, adverse experiences, trauma, bereavement, loss, and many ways of dealing with life when it feels overwhelming. ​ I actively support and promote equality and diversity and accessibility in therapy. By working online I can reduce the time and cost of commuting and provide better value for clients and commissioners. I value my role in caring for our environment and I actively provide a variety of session times to meet the needs of working families.

I integrate theories and concepts around attachment, neurological development and developmental play, helping me to think about the complexities that leave children and young people feeling overwhelmed. I use interventions based on DDP and Neuroaffective Relational models to gain an insight to children's history of trauma and the shaping of survival mechanisms in relationships. I use Polyvagal theories to support the experience of safe engagement in the therapeutic space.

Children and young people
Foster Carers
Adoptive parents

Video, Audio, Live Chat, Email

Working with children on the autistic spectrum.
Children with complex developmental trauma and attachment needs

+44 7809 499022

I charge £70 for a standard session lasting 50 minutes. A separate charging scale applies for interventions commissioned by local authorities, or for interventions approved and funded under the Adoption Support Fund.


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