Monday, 11 April, 2011
Rachel Melville-Thomas is a child and adolescent psychotherapist who has been working with children for around 25 years. She has been a counseling therapist for children with all kinds of problems—from school phobias to family difficulties, and has worked extensively with children with special needs—with autism, Aspergers syndrome and other disabilities. Rachel has been an advisor to mental health,social work and education professionals. Rachel has worked with a very wide range of young people from looked-after children in downtown Philadelphia in the US to teenagers with anorexia at The Priory, London.
Rachel was based at University College Hospital, London for around 10 years working with traumatised children and their families facing the stress of illness and operations, and other life events. Rachel has trained doctors, nurses and radiographers on how to communicate with children, and now provides seminars on all kinds of child and adolescent issues to working parents in corporates and organizations in Switzerland. She has specialised in helping families to cope with transition stress occurring in international families.
Rachel is also a regular contributor to BBC Radio, including Five Live and BBC Radio Bristol. Rachel is also the parent of two children and juggles homework,cleaning out the guinea pig’s pen and her own clinical practice while thinking about new ideas for WRS for Kids in Mind