Educational Psychology Service

What are Educational Psychologists?

Educational Psychologists have degrees in psychology (the study of how people think, feel and behave) and higher degrees in Educational Psychology which is the practical application of psychology to children and schools. Educational Psychologists currently employed in the service are trained teachers and have a minimum of two years teaching experience. They are bound by an international Codes of Ethics, and both our Educational Psychologists are registered to practice by the Health Professionals Council UK (HPC). They are also Chartered Psychologists with the British Psychological society.

About the ESF Educational Psychology Services 

The ESF Psychology Services provide a range of services in assessing children and young people with additional educational needs and supporting schools to plan interventions and implement supportive strategies. The service offers training for school staff to build the capacity and confidence of schools to respond to specific needs.

Our Educational Psychologists

Nicki Holmes

Nicki was a primary school teacher before moving on to study Educational Psychology. She has worked as an Educational Psychologist for several years in the UK and Hong Kong, and has led projects such as the Emotional Literacy Support Assistant training programme. Nicki’s specialisms include knowledge of attachment theory and working with children in care. She is also a certified trainer for the FRIENDS programmes.

Tim Conroy-Stocker

Before joining ESF as an Educational Psychologist in 2011, Tim worked as a Senior Educational Psychologist for 4 years. During that time, he led a number of projects, including the development of Special Educational Needs guidance for a local authority in the UK, and taking the lead for the development emotional wellbeing provision in schools. He has extensive experience working with schools to support the assessment of students with Special Educational Needs, and delivering training supporting the development of teacher confidence and competence in this area. His current area of specialism is the use of Mindfulness techniques to support the emotional wellbeing of students and teachers. Prior to training as an Educational Psychologist, Tim taught for 12 years in secondary schools and further education, mainly teaching A-level Psychology.

Moira Conroy-Stocker

Moira has worked as an Educational psychologist for 12 years. For the last 3 years she has been working with families and schools within ESF and across Hong Kong. Prior to that, she worked in the UK. She is also an experienced teacher and youth counsellor and her knowledge of both inform her practice as an Educational Psychologist. She specialises in mental health issues including raising self-esteem and resilience in children and young people, particularly those who experience anxiety.  She has a particular interest in using solution focused techniques to support parents and children. She has been instrumental in promoting an awareness of self- harming behaviour in young people; researching and producing resources to help secondary schools in the UK. Moira regularly contributes, on a variety of topics, to the training needs of schools and other groups within Hong Kong. Moira is a Chartered Educational Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, a member of the Health Care Professions Council of the UK and an Associate Fellow of the Hong Kong Psychological Society.

Jalak Patel

Jalak worked as an Educational Psychologist for 7 years in the UK before joining ESF in 2012. During that time, she specialised in working with children in the early years as well as the areas of attachment theory and how our first relationships can impact upon brain development and school readiness. Jalak led several projects in the UK which focused on the establishment of nurturing, strengths-based environments to support children’s academic, social, emotional health and wellbeing. She is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, the UK regulatory body for practising psychologists. 

Our Educational Psychologists have a range of interests and specialisms which include:

  • Cognitive assessment
  • Giftedness
  • Attachment difficulties
  • Personal construct psychology
  • Emotional Literacy
  • Children’s Mental Health and wellbeing
  • Autistic spectrum disorders
  • Critical incidents
  • Early Years
  • Play-based assessment
  • Counselling techniques and mentoring of young people
  • Working with parents and carers to support children

Our Service

For students at ESF schools, accessing Educational Psychology services costs no additional charge. Each school will prioritise children for the Educational Psychologist’s attention on the basis of needs.