Helen Wright is a qualified as both a Teacher and a Therapist, registered with BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). She has additional training as a trainer of Whole School Quality Circle Time and in the Development of Nurture Group Theory and Practice.
She has worked with individual pupils, classes, whole school settings, teachers and support staff in early years, primary, secondary, mainstream and specialist settings across Bristol. She has provided consultative work around individual pupils, advice and training for education staff and has taken a lead on developing citywide Attachment Aware Practice and the Development of Nurture Groups across Bristol schools.
She currently works as a Strategic Attachment Lead, Specialist Teacher, Consultant and Therapist on the TouchBase™ team. She specialises in supporting children and young people who have experienced significant relational traumas and losses.
Helen’s work is informed mainly by Person Centred Theory (an Integrative Approach), Attachment Theory and Intersubjectivity Theory. She is developing the use of PACE, DDP, Theraplay® Informed Practice and Mindfulness within her practice.
Her interest in Inclusion grew when she worked in Fulham, London, as a subject teacher. She became aware of young people who found it very difficult to settle to learn due to earlier and ongoing traumas and stresses within their lives. Many young people sought out time to talk at break times and lunchtimes. She was aware that many young people needed a different way and style of teaching and relationship. Her work in specialist settings further developed her knowledge, experience, awareness and skills in working with children and young people with complex needs.
During her work within the Central Support Services for Bristol, she studied in Therapy and Mental Health in adults, children and young people. She is passionate about this area of work and the positive impact that it can have for children’s well-being and learning.
For more information or to book Helen to deliver the 7-day ‘Attachment Lead in Schools’ course, accredited by the University of Brighton, for your authority or a cluster of schools, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org