Dr. Jenny Alvarez, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jenny Alvarez is a consultant Clinical Psychologist, who has been working with children and young people for more than 30 years, and has specialised in the field of autism for the last 20 years. The realisation that many children she saw for therapy were being labelled as “naughty”, when in fact they had undiagnosed autism, spurred her on to learn more about diagnosing autism and supporting families once their children were diagnosed.

She left the NHS in 2003 to work for a charity to support both children and adults with an autism spectrum disorder. This allowed her to gain a full understanding of the whole autism spectrum and the difficulties families face in living with autism across the lifespan.

Dr Alvarez has worked across both schools at Eagle House Group since 2012, and has really enjoyed the challenge of supporting staff, pupils and their families in an educational setting, which is very different from working in a clinic setting. She is able to provide advice and consultation to staff and families on any mental health or behavioural issue including anxiety, depression, attachment difficulty, mood disorder, obsessional compulsive disorder.