An alternative approach

Based in Brixham, Devon, UK. 

I developed the Aleph Therapeutic Learning approach in response to the needs of children and young people who do not thrive with the use of conventional teaching methods. The Aleph approach is compassionate, lively and effective. Original educational activities are designed to enable creative engagement, provide deeper understanding of a learning difficulty, and broader awareness of what a young person needs in order to participate more fully with the topic at hand. There is a focus on helping learners to use language expressively, and to help them grasp and discuss the ideas they come across.

Many children and young people experience learning-related anxiety; an important feature of the Aleph approach is that it creates a stress-free and rewarding experience in which fears about learning are identified and addressed with sensitivity. In fact, many young people who appear to be experiencing learning difficulties are actually suffering from anxiety, which causes the blocks that appear as difficulties. Please click on ‘How this is different’ for more information.

 My qualifications:

  • Advanced Diploma in Education (Language and Literacy)
  • Diploma in Integrative Counselling
  • Certificate in Health and Social Care
  • Certificate in Delivering Learning

My Therapeutic Learning Programme forms a module in The Certificate In Groupwork In Delivering Learning, an NCFE accredited course of learning by Synthesis Training of Tyne and Wear.

My background and experience:

I was brought up in East London, where I lived and worked until 2005. Being a part of that multicultural environment cemented my commitment to equality; I challenge assumption and discrimination whenever it arises.

I was a trainer and practitioner for over twenty years in vocational fields. I believe these years to have been my grounding in social awareness, with respect and compassion for the learner. I began to re-train in 2000, subsequently qualifying and working in the areas of mental health, social care and education. As a student of Integrative Counselling my training placement was in the secondary mental health sector, with the Psychological Therapies Service (NHS) in Plaistow, East London. After qualifying I stayed on to benefit from additional training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with specialist Denise Abel. During this time I developed my own approaches to play therapy for children in primary schools, along with new ways to empower children and young people in using literacy.

I deliver training in Aleph Therapeutic Learning principles and techniques, as well as designing and providing Self Worth workshops in educational and youth group settings. I have also designed and delivered Language and Diversity programmes that help young people to engage more fully in learning, increase their understanding of social issues and express their awareness creatively.

Aleph’s principles and approaches apply to all learning situations and to any task where creativity is being encouraged, regardless of a participant’s age. I have worked for many years with older people experiencing cognitive impairment, helping to re-kindle forgotten skills and invite new interests. (Please click on ‘Other Services’ in the menu bar.)