Your Paediatric Psychology Team
There are a number of paediatric clinical psychologists in our team. We all have training and experience in helping children, young people, and their families. Our goal is to help everyone find ways of managing their health conditions well, whilst living a fun and full life.
Dr Megan Maidment – Lead Paediatric Clinical Psychologist
Megan joined the Paediatric Psychology Service at Bedfordshire Hospitals as the Service Lead in June 2022. She qualified as a clinical psychologist in 2014, and has worked in paediatric health settings ever since. Megan has supported children, young people and families who have been living with a wide range of different medical conditions and symptoms. She has trained in a variety of psychological therapy approaches (including cognitive behavioural therapy, systemic therapies, narrative therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and EMDR), which means that she can offer different types of support for children, young people, and families, depending on what will suit them best or be most helpful. Megan’s main aim is to help everyone find ways of ‘living their best life’, so that they feel confident about managing their medical condition and can spend more time doing the things that they enjoy most.
Working Pattern: Monday to Thursday, Bedford Hospital/Luton and Dunstable Hospital
Dr Charlotte Bolt – Senior Paediatric Clinical Psychologist
Charlotte has been working within the paediatric psychology service for four years and has worked therapeutically with individuals in the NHS for ten years. She really values working creatively to tailor sessions to meet the needs of a young person and their family. Charlotte mainly works using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), compassion-focused therapy (CFT) and mindfulness approaches. Charlotte is also a Systemic Practitioner, which means she is able to offer family sessions too, integrating family therapy principles. Where appropriate, she also integrates her therapy dog, Ruby, into sessions, after having completed her doctoral thesis on Dog-Assisted Psychological Therapies (DAPT) and is continuing research in this field. Charlotte has enjoyed experiences volunteering with organisations, both in the UK, India, Ghana and Kenya working with children with physical and emotional health difficulties. She is also a yoga teacher and chair yoga teacher, and is supporting some research around the value of yoga therapy and integrating yoga philosophy and practice within psychological therapies.
Working Pattern: Tuesday and Wednesday, remote only
Dr Jenna Parker – Senior Paediatric Clinical Psychologist
Jenna joined the paediatric psychology service in 2023. Prior to this she enjoyed working in the community supporting families in the perinatal period. She is also working in our Neonatal Units, with our littlest patients and their families. Using a variety of psychological approaches, Jenna enjoys adapting her practice to create the most helpful and accessible therapy for young people and their families. Approaches include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), compassion focussed therapy (CFT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Jenna is also a certified Circle of Security Parenting facilitator, and is passionate about helping parents and carers understand their children’s emotional experience. Jenna has an extensive history of working therapeutically with families and young people across different settings, including schools, hospitals, and at home, and is committed to supporting families with difficult experiences, providing the opportunity to support positive long-term outcomes.
Working Pattern: Thursday and Friday, Luton and Dunstable Hospital
Lisa Dvorjetz – Counselling Psychologist
Lisa joined the Paediatric Psychology Service in October 2023 and has a longstanding history of working within the field of clinical health psychology, an area of therapy she is passionate about. Lisa places high value on creating an empathic and non-judgemental therapeutic space as she believes this helps people to create self-awareness that lead to meaningful changes in life. She is also a trained Systemic Practitioner who helps individuals, couples and families explore relationship patterns to better support and help one another.
Working Pattern: Fridays, Bedford Hospital
Axelle Monniaux – Undergraduate Psychology Placement Student
Axelle is an undergraduate student studying Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapies, working on placement at the Bedford hospital within the Paediatric Psychology team. Her goal for the future is to work in the mental health sector. Having worked with adults with learning disabilities, she hopes to further develop new skills working with children, for instance with both verbal and non-verbal communication.
Working Pattern: Monday to Wednesday, Bedford Hospital
We also have trainee clinical psychologists and psychology students who join our service on a rotation basis.