I LOVE Footsteps Psychology

14 Feb 2018

Caring for the mental health and education of our young people is key to ensuring a happy, healthy Bramhall – both now and in the future. I Love Bramhall met up with Jude Joughin of Footsteps Psychology to find out how her services are helping youngsters in the area overcome psychological challenges and work towards a brighter future.

Originally from Northamptonshire, Jude first discovered her love of psychology at sixth form. This passion grew in the years following and she moved up to Manchester to study the subject at university, living in Didsbury and the surrounding areas during her student days.

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Almost immediately Jude knew she wanted to specialise in educational and child psychology, which – at the time – required students to qualify as teachers, which she duly did. Jude taught at primary level and also worked as a special educational needs coordinator for a number of years before completing a doctorate in psychology. She was then contracted by local authorities and charities for projects within educational psychology and progressed into a leadership role at a Multi Academy Trust.

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Several years ago, Jude moved to Bramhall and now lives close to the park with her husband and two young children. Like so many working mums, Jude felt empowered to set up her own business after the birth of her children; building on her vast knowledge and experience, she established Footsteps Psychology in 2017 and loves the flexibility and autonomy of being able to balance work with all-important family time.

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What matters most at Footsteps, though, is making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people facing mental health challenges. Jude says it’s her goal to find the difference that makes the difference, and she applies her expertise through a variety of approaches depending on each person’s needs.

Jude regularly works in educational settings to assess children and find out what may be preventing them from learning, engaging or generally being successful at school. When contacted by an educational facility or by parents concerned that their children are not making progress, Jude steps in to address these worries and diagnose or indicate conditions such as developmental delay, anxiety or depression, as well as neuropsychological conditions like autism and dyslexia. She then advises educators and the families of children on the next steps.

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Years of experience in varied roles means that Jude has amassed a comprehensive skillset and understanding of mental health conditions. As an honorary lecturer at Manchester University, she delivers an annual talk for doctorate students and has provided her expert opinion for both the BBC and for a national paper on the topic of school transition.

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Working in so many different educational settings has also enabled Jude to develop a wide-ranging overview of the many different approaches to mental health assessment and treatment. Witnessing different dynamics at various schools, Jude continues to learn on the job and tailor strategies and therapeutic treatments to each client for a truly personal service.

Additionally, Jude is committed to lifelong learning – keen to keep up with the latest industry developments, she spends some time each week on research and professional development. Working with a network of associates – each of whom has a specialism – Jude can also tap into this knowledge bank for extra input and expertise in specific cases, ensuring each young person in her care receives the highest level of service and the best shot at overcoming the challenges they face.

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If somebody you know could benefit from the services offered by Footsteps Psychology, get in touch with Jude using the channels below:

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