Ren Rockwood is a systemic mental health psychotherapist and director of Guedanka a systemic family psychotherapy practice. Her specialisms include mental health assessments, individual and family therapy, and professional consultation for schools and education centres advising on specific ASC cases and more broadly on ASC strategies.
Ren brings a wealth of mental health knowledge, assessment training and therapeutic skills, qualifications and experience. She has worked in statutory services, such as social care, prison services, CAMHS (NHS trusts), residential children's homes, schools as well as in homeless and refuge shelters. She believes in the importance of providing consultation and supervision to professionals to ensure ethical and good work practice.
Qualifications include: Dip in Psychology, BSc hon in Psychology, MSc in couples and family therapy, Post Graduate certificate in Systemic Supervision
She is registered with UKCP and Association of Family Therapy
Ren is acutely aware of the pitfalls that occur for children with ASC once they hit secondary school. The adjustment from the relatively consistent primary school environment (one teacher, 1:1 TA, one classroom etc) to the larger scale secondary school environment that can pose far more daily challenges. This is, time and time again, the point at which she is called in to a school to advise on the provision of an ASC child who may have coped well in primary but is struggling in the secondary school environment.
Ren is keen to put a stop to this cycle, and wishes to work with parents, and with SENCO’s, to help raise awareness of and bring clarity to the potential challenging issues of secondary environment and to support parents/carers to identify the individual issues and seek out the educational placement that is most suitable, relevant and realistic to meeting the needs of their children.
Ren has a broad knowledge of secondary schools (private and state) across East and West Sussex and has an expertise in identifying what is good, inclusive practice.