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Bristol based
Educational Psychologist

Who am I?

My name is Dr Leona Black. I am a Chartered Educational Psychologist and qualified wellness coaching psychologist with a wide range of experience of working with children and young people. I am based in Bristol but can work virtually across the UK.

I work with children and young people to remove barriers to their learning. I do this by working alongside parents / carers and schools to identify appropriate strategies and interventions to support the child / young person.

I have worked as an Educational Psychologist since 2007.

I studied for my Doctorate at the University of Bristol, my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Bath and my PGCE at the University of Cambridge. I've previously supported children and young people in a range of capacities including as a teacher, with Looked After Children and young offenders.

Leona Black

I am a member of the British Psychological Society, Health and Care Professionals Council, Association of Educational Psychologists and Association of Child Psychologists in Private Practice and therefore abide by their Ethical Practice guidelines.

Outside of work I enjoy walking with my two dogs, yoga, reading, camping and being in nature.

My aim & ethos


I see my role as an Educational Psychologist as someone who can stand in the shoes of children and young people and those concerned about them.

My aim is to be honest, friendly, child focused and supportive.

You may or may not have met an Educational Psychologist before, but we are all quite different in our approach. My aim is to support your child’s well-being and remove their barriers to learning through the application of psychology. I do this through drawing upon the knowledge of those that know the child well (you and the teaching staff in their school).

My job is to be helpful, identify what is going well and perhaps what needs to change in the environment to support a child better. That will mean working through their adults to make those changes as opposed to “diagnosing” the child. I strongly believe that positive change happens when the systems around the child work together to make changes.

Areas that I can help with

  • Cognition and learning
  • Social, Communication and Interaction difficulties
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health (including relationships, friendships, confidence, self-esteem, challenging behaviour and attachment difficulties)
  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions / Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)