Meet the Team
Our skilled team of professionals are the backbone of www.openarmsupport.co.uk. Their ideas help shape the direction of our business as it continues to develop, and they have the wherewithal to get every job done right.
Holds a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy and a BA(hons) in Psychology. Nikki has completed various post-graduate training including sensory integration modules 1, 2 & 3 and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule.
Nikki has a clinical background of working with children, young people and adults with mental health difficulties and learning needs.
Maria has worked for Open Arms since January 2018 and has over 20 years experience working in business and administration with a background in Post-16 education.
Maria manages the day to day running of the business and will be the first person you speak with when you contact us, she will ensure that you receive a positive experience from your first point of contact.
Holds an MSc in Occupational Therapy and BSc in Psychology and has completed additional training in Makaton. Lauren has a clinical background of working with children, young people and adults in the community and in-patient mental health settings (CAMHS).
Lauren likes to use meaningful activities to promote clients health, well-being and quality of life. Lauren has completed post-graduate training including sensory integration and in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule.
Senior 1 Occupational Therapist
Holds a BSc(hons) in Occupational Therapy and has completed various post-graduate training including sensory integration modules 1, 2 & 3.
Vicki has a clinical background of working with children, young people and adults with complex needs and behaviours of concern. She has a particular interest in positive behaviour support (PBS).
Senior 2 Occupational Therapist
Holds a BSc(hons) in Occupational Therapy and has completed various post-graduate training including how to deliver Mindfulness For Schools, Lego Therapy, the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, the role of attachment in assessment and using Cognitive Behavioural Approaches in practice.
Emma has a clinical background of working with children and young people with mental health and well-being difficulties in schools
Senior Occupational Therapist
Holds a BSc(Hons) in Occupational Therapy and has completed post-graduate training in the Zones of Regulation, Therapeutic Listening, Positive Behaviour Support Coaching and Ayres’ Sensory Integration Therapy modules 1,2 and 3.
Jemma has worked as a school-based occupational therapist with children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties. She also has a clinical background of working with adults with mental health and learning difficulties.
Jemma enjoys using clients’ individual interests to promote their engagement in the assessment and treatment process.
Holds an MSc in Occupational Therapy and BSc Hons in Psychology. Emma has completed additional post-graduate training in Sensory Integration (Module 1).
Emma has a clinical background of working with children, adolescents and adults with complex needs within in-patient mental health settings.
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Dawn has studied with the Open University for diplomas in Children and Young People’s Workforce’ and Working with Children and Families, as well as an apprenticeship in Early Learning and Childcare. She has studied short courses in Autism Awareness, behavioural approaches and sensory processing.
Dawn has a background in working with children with autism and additional needs in both mainstream and specialist schools. She is particularly interested in pre-verbal communication.
Dawn is currently working towards her Yoga Practitioner qualification and once completed Dawn will be able to provide Yoga classes to children and adults, helping support their well-being, motor skills, and all over health.
Sarah is an integrative counsellor, who is qualified to work with children, young people and adults. Sarah is a registered member of BACP.
Though able to work with clients over numerous issues, Sarah specialises in trauma be it emanating from childhood or current and in counselling children and young people with complex special needs. Sarah's work is holistic and always focuses on the need of the client.
Speech and Language Therapist
Fritha is a highly specialist children’s Speech and Language Therapist with over 10 years of clinical experience.
Fritha has worked within the NHS and local statutory providers as well the independent sector, helping to support hundreds of children with speech, language and communication difficulties and their families.
Fritha loves working with children, their families and other professionals and really values spending time to get to know and understand each child as an individual. She uses this valuable insight, in combination with up-to-date evidence based assessments and therapeutic approaches, to provide truly individualised, child-centred intervention programmes.
Maxine joined the team in September 2021 and has over 20 years experience working in administration across a variety of sectors.
Maxine works alongside the Business Manager, providing administrative support to Maria and the team.
Ashley joined the team in November 2020 to help support Nikki with her research into a variety of clinical areas.
Ashley has also been working alongside the therapists to help produce some fantastic resources that will be released soon.
Barry lives with Vicki and her family. He is a greyhound and has undergone all the necessary assessments to work as a therapy dog.
Barry works with the occupational therapy team to support children, young people and adults achieve their goals, addressing difficulties with mental health, well-being, sensory processing, motor skills and other areas of occupational therapy interventions.
Ella is our newest therapy dog and is waiting for her PAT assessment before she can become a fully fledged member of the team.
Ella is an ex-racing greyhound and still likes to run and play. Once Ella has passed her assessment she will be working with children and young people who have a lot of energy!