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Our Ethos

Timely, holistic, child and family-centred care.

Specialist occupational therapy for children and young people

Welcome to Refresh. We support children and young people to do the everyday activities that are important to them so that they feel competent and confident. Our approach is strength-based and holistic and we will work in partnership with the young person and their families to reach goals that are meaningful and achievable.

Meet Bev

I’m a Specialist Children’s Occupational Therapist with over 15 years’ experience of supporting children and young people with physical disabilities and neurodevelopmental conditions in the NHS. Prior to this I worked with adults with long-term conditions and disabilities in Adult Social Care.

My approach is evidenced-based and I strive to keep up to date with new research and insights in order to benefit my practice and my clients. I am particularly interested in promoting inclusivity in school and college so that there is a better understanding of the barriers to learning and attainment that neurodivergent young people face. I work from a sensory and trauma-informed perspective which prioritises the young person’s unique profile and preferences so that they are not only able to participate in education, but flourish. Special interest areas include working with children and young people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME) and complex symptoms such as persistent pain and functional neurological disorders.

I view good sleep as a foundation for self-regulation and am trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI) and in sleep disorders for children and young people. I am an accredited Aromatherapist and use clinical aromatherapy to support my practice when it is beneficial and appropriate to do so.

“Bev is an outstanding professional and really stands out in her field. She has a holistic, intelligent and empathetic approach to her work and sees the whole family’s needs. She is both creative and practical in her approach and we have found her incredibly supportive in all aspects of occupational therapy, whether it be sensory integration or sorting out a new wheelchair that can also accommodate needs of siblings! Beverley should be very proud of the contribution she makes to the lives of children with disabilities in Brighton & Hove” a parent carer, Parent Carers’ Council”