Dr Dawn Robson

Dawn Robson has over 25 years’ experience working as a Registered Chartered Psychologist. Over this time, she has primarily worked clinically with individuals who have mental health and neuro-diverse needs, within secure settings as well as in the community.  These roles have focused on the assessment and clinical support of adults and children, and she is experienced in a range of therapeutic models practicing both individual and group work treatments.

 

Dawn is currently providing a Clinical Psychology service to children and adolescents in a High dependency CAMHS Unit (PICU) requiring skilled risk assessment and clinical interventions that are adapted to the needs of young people. She is also Lead Psychologist in a low secure hospital working with adults in crisis and those with forensic mental health needs.  Dawn is trained in the assessment of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), personality, cognitive functioning, and psychological trauma in children and adults. 

Dawn also works on a private basis as a therapist for outpatient adults and children for Priory Hospital Ticehurst House. She works in a person-centred way, adapting evidence-based therapies to the individual. Dawn uses a range of psychological therapy models including CBT, sand tray, EMDR, narrative and systemic theories focusing on a range of issues including anxiety, depression, psychological trauma, anger and aggression, emotional regulation, self-harm, and domestic violence. Dawn has experience working with young people and adults who present with ASD traits and helping to support the families in understanding and working with these presentations. 

 

Dawn also has many years of experience in forensic settings and therefore also undertakes assessments for criminal and family court cases as an expert witness.

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Training:

Dawn Robson has a BA (Hons) degree in Psychology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology and a PsychD in Forensic Psychology from the University of Surrey.  She is currently studying part time for a Professional Doctorate in Forensic Psychology Research at the University of Birmingham.

She is trained to administer the Hare Psychopathy Checklist, (PCL-R), ADOS-2 and the HCR-20 among other risk assessment tools.

In addition to many years of generic clinical experience Dawn has completed accredited courses in narrative therapy, sand play and EMDR intervention. She is a Chartered Member of the Division of Forensic Psychology, British Psychological Society and Registered Member of the HCPC.

Research Interests:

Trauma symptomatology and the clinical responses to it, including best practice and managing self-harm in an in-patient environment.

My priority is to ensure that I give a positive and individual service to everyone I see, recognising that there may be very mixed feelings for people coming to see a psychologist or ‘having therapy’. I’ve received feedback from both adults and children who I have worked with, who have said that they felt quickly at ease during our sessions, felt listened to and appreciative of my flexibility in adapting sessions to meet their own circumstances and way of expressing themselves.