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Our Team

We are a small, enthusiastic, dedicated team of qualified Occupational Therapists, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Royal College of Occupational Therapist (RCOT). We all specialise in Sensory Integration and Sensory Attachment Intervention.

Please allow us to introduce ourselves below!

Joy Anderson
BSc (Hons) Psychology, BSc Occupational Therapy, Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner, MRCOT
Specialist Occupational Therapist and Sensory Integration Clinical Lead

HCPC Number: OT62166
BAOT Number: BT0802408

A Bit About Me…

I am passionate about children and young people, both in my professional and personal life; I volunteer for a local mentoring charity, in Sunday school and as a leader for a children’s summer holiday camp. I love being an Occupational Therapist- the way you can work in a person-centred way and use activities that are meaningful to the individual, to make positive changes in people’s lives. Being able to use play as a way to engage children is such a powerful tool, as well as lots of fun!

Since qualifying in 2010, I have worked with children and young people within private practice, charities and special schools.  I have worked across a wide range of settings including mainstream schools/colleges/nursery’s, special schools, clinic, and community settings.

I have experience in working with lots of different clients, including those with Sensory Processing difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Attachment Difficulties, Genetic Conditions and those with complex behaviours.

What I do at Juniper Tree Therapy

As an Advanced Sensory Integration Therapy Practitioner, I work across various settings providing Sensory Integration assessments and therapeutic input, including Sensory Integration Therapy, functional programmes, equipment provision, as well as Sensory Attachment Intervention. I develop and integrate new Occupational Therapy provision within multi-disciplinary teams, so that recommendations to support a child can be implemented holistically across every part of their life, including home, school, and other settings. I am also a Just-Right State Children and Parents Programme Facilitator and integrate these within my interventions.

I am involved in supervision, management and service development, promoting optimal services for the clients I support.

I enjoy using a wide range of therapeutic approaches to support the young people I work with, including sensory integration, sensory based approaches and core Occupational Therapy approaches. I am involved in supporting the testing and development of new Sensory Integration assessments.

Please email me at joy@junipertreetherapy.com for a copy of my CV or to discuss anything further!

Emma Shedlow
BSc (Hons) Psychology, PGDip Sensory Integration, MSc Occupational Therapy, CSAccred (AAC), MRCOT
Specialist Occupational Therapist and Sensory Attachment Intervention Lead,

Clinical Director

HCPC Number: OT68850
BAOT Number: BT0810477

A Bit About Me…

I have always enjoyed working with children- initially working in holiday camps and after-school clubs during Sixth Form and University. During my Psychology degree, I began volunteering with Barnardos, working with children who had difficulties engaging in school, and I knew that I wanted to know more about how to help children to have fun, learn and develop. This was when I discovered Occupational Therapy, and I have never looked back! I love that each day is unique, that no children or families are the same, and that I have the privilege of getting to know each person and family that I work with individually.

Since qualifying as an Occupational Therapist, I have worked in private practice, within nurseries, mainstream and special schools, residential homes, Child Development Centre’s, and with adolescents and adults in the community setting. I have experience working with children with a wide range of different needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Processing difficulties, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Dyspraxia, and Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

What I do at Juniper Tree Therapy

I am an Advanced Sensory Integration Therapist, and Advanced Sensory Attachment Intervention Therapist. I work with children, adolescents and families with a range of difficulties, using an individualised and eclectic approach to assessment and intervention. My training allows me to draw from theories of Sensory Integration, Sensory Attachment Intervention, and neurodevelopmental principles (knowledge of how the brain develops to support functioning). I am on the Sensory Attachment Intervention Education and Training Team, delivering training to Professionals across the United Kingdom and internationally.

To support relationship and interaction-based approaches, I have attended training to enable me to use Theraplay® Informed Practice1, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Informed Practice (‘DDP’), Video Interactive Guidance, and Attachment Lead in Schools Training (Louise Michelle Bomber). I am a reliable coder in a number of attachment assessments, including the MIM method, D-EIS (Dyadic Emotional Interaction Style) Scoring, the Child Attachment and Play Assessment (CAPA), and the Meaning of the Child (MOTC) Interview.

I have also explored other holistic intervention approaches and have received training in aromatherapy, and EcoSensory Therapy.

Please email me at emma@junipertreetherapy.com for a copy of my CV or to discuss anything further!

[1] A registered service mark of The Theraplay® Institute, Evanston, IL, USA

Nick Smith
BA (Hons) Physical Education, PGDip Sensory Integration, MSc Occupational Therapy, CSAccred (AAC), MRCOT
Specialist Occupational Therapist and Sensory Attachment Intervention Lead,

Clinical Director

HCPC Number: OT66880
BAOT Number: BT081073

A Bit About Me…

My journey into Occupational Therapy following my first degree in Physical Education. I became interested in the impact that movement and physical activity could have on children’s lifestyles, mental wellbeing, social development, and self-esteem, as well as their physical development. I then trained as an Occupational Therapist, leading me to work with children and Young People with a range of physical and neurodevelopmental conditions.

I have experience working with children and adolescents with a wide range of different needs, including Sensory Processing difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dyspraxia, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Trauma. I have worked across a range of different settings, including nurseries, schools, residential homes, Child Development Centres, and family’s own homes. I enjoy being able to adapt the assessment and intervention process in the most useful way for each client I work with, depending on their individual circumstances.

What I do at Juniper Tree Therapy

I am an Advanced Sensory Integration Therapist, and Advanced Sensory Attachment Intervention Therapist, and use both of these approaches to inform my Occupational Therapy practice across the settings that I work within.

I have also trained in relationship and interaction-based approaches, including Theraplay® Informed Practice1, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Informed Practice (‘DDP’), Video Interactive Guidance, and Attachment Lead in Schools Training (Louise Michelle Bomber). I am a reliable coder in a number of attachment assessments, including the MIM method, D-EIS (Dyadic Emotional Interaction Style) Scoring, and the Child Attachment and Play Assessment (CAPA). I am involved in researching Sensory Attachment Intervention procedures and outcomes and have presented these at conferences. I am on the Sensory Attachment Intervention Education and Training Team, delivering training to Professionals across the United Kingdom and internationally.

Please email me at nick@junipertreetherapy.com for a copy of my CV or to discuss anything further!

[1] A registered service mark of The Theraplay® Institute, Evanston, IL, USA