Your Paediatric Psychology Team
Our service is made up of a number of different paediatric clinical psychologists. We all have training in how to help children, young people and their families to manage their health conditions whilst living a fun and full life.
Dr Anita D’Urso – Lead Paediatric Clinical Psychologist
Anita set up the Paediatric Psychology Service in the hospital in 2016. Prior to that she worked as a Paediatric Clinical Psychologist in Cambridge University Hospitals. Anita has received training in a number of different therapeutic models including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Systemic and Family therapy, Narrative Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy.
Anita is very keen on ensuring all children and families receive the best possible treatments for the difficulties they are facing. She has published and presented some of her work in a number of academic journals and at medical conferences. In her spare time, Anita enjoys running and loves being by the sea!
Dr Charlotte Bolt – Senior Paediatric Clinical Psychologist
Charlotte has been working in Paediatric Psychology for three years and has had nine years of experience working therapeutically with individuals in the NHS. Charlotte enjoys working creatively to tailor session to meet the needs of the child, young person and family. Charlotte particularly 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 sessions to help support families too.
Where appropriate, Charlotte works integrating 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 also volunteered with organisations, both in the UK, India, Ghana and Kenya working with children with physical and emotional health difficulties. Charlotte has interests in singing, running and Yoga and is hoping to also train as a Yoga Teacher, as she is currently supporting same research around the value of Yoga Therapy and integrating Yoga philosophy and practiced within psychological therapies.
I am Nicola, I have just completed an MSc in Applied Psychology at the University of Bedfordshire and am looking to start a Psychology PhD in January 2022. I am a former primary school teacher with 10 years teaching experience in London and Bedfordshire, and a mum to two teenagers.
I am really excited about this placement as it will be an invaluable insight into the great work the paediatric psychologists do here at Bedford Hospital, and more recently at Luton and Dunstable Hospital too and I will be able to learn so much, as well as hopefully bring some of my own professional and personal experiences to the team too.
We also have a variety of Trainee Clinical Psychologists and Undergraduate Psychology students who join our service on a rotation basis.