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Meet Our Clinical Psychologists!
Clinical Psychologists are healthcare professionals trained in using psychological theories, scientific research and clinical knowledge to reduce distress and improve emotional wellbeing.
We are very excited to welcome two Clinical Psychologists to the Little Journey family - Dr Megan Hofmann and Dr Victoria Queralt. We asked Megan and Victoria to tell us a bit more about themselves, their roles and how they’ll be contributing to our Little Journey mission.
What is a Clinical Psychologist?
Clinical Psychologists are healthcare professionals trained in using psychological theories, scientific research and clinical knowledge to reduce distress and improve emotional wellbeing. They work across a wide variety of settings (e.g. NHS, education, charities, and aim is to bring understanding and compassion to people who are struggling with their mental and/or physical health.
Clinical Psychologists are skilled in working with of a wide range of mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, eating disorders and addiction. They also work with people living with neurodevelopmental disorders like autism or ADHD. Once qualified, Clinical Psychologists typically specialise in an area that most interests them.
Clinical Psychology is a highly regulated profession. To become a Clinical Psychologist, you need to complete an undergraduate degree in Psychology, gain relevant experience working in mental health services and complete a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
Who are the Clinical Psychologists at Little Journey?
Dr Megan Hofmann is passionate about the role of psychology in helping people living with physical health conditions. This interest was fuelled from her experiences of being diagnosed with a chronic health condition at the age of 6. She completed an MSc in Health Psychology and after achieving her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, decided to specialise in children’s health (paediatrics). As a mum of two, and from her own personal and professional experiences, she understands the great need for emotional support for children (and their families/carers) who are accessing health care.
Dr Victoria Queralt has always worked with children, young people and their families/carers. She has particular interest in supporting individuals who are neurodivergent and/or have a physical health condition. Victoria has a passion for working creatively with individuals, such as through drawing, Lego and now apps. She hopes that, by working with Little Journey, she will be able to help empower others with psychological knowledge and to share strategies to support other’s emotional wellbeing when accessing health care.
How will the Clinical Psychologists contribute to the Little Journey mission?
Victoria and Megan are thrilled to be working with Little Journey in their mission to support all children to better health through personalised care. With their years of training and clinical experience, they hope to make a valuable contribution to the continued growth and successes of the Little Journey solution. Some of the projects they are already working on:
- Ensuring that psychological theory and practice is embedded throughout the Little Journey app.
- Sharing their knowledge with the team on subjects such as anxiety, neurodevelopmental conditions, and potential stressors in paediatric healthcare, along with strategies that can support emotional wellbeing.
- Supporting the team in the design and development of new features, to enable furthur tailoring to the individual needs of children and their families.
- Delving into the behavioural science behind the Little Journey app and keeping it in line with the most relevant and up to date research.
Welcome aboard Megan and Victoria!