Dr Michelle Blundy
Clinical Psychologist, Certified DDP practitioner, Director of Blossoming Minds
Michelle has been working within mental health settings since 2004, volunteering in several assistant roles within adult psychiatric services before spending a couple of years as a Graduate Mental Health Worker, delivering time limited CBT interventions to adults. Once she began her Doctoral training however, she finally found her true calling and has worked solely with children and their families since 2011. She worked within Cornwall CAMHS for 8 years, undertaking mental health and neurodevelopmental assessments; delivering long term psychological therapy; providing support to young people at high risk of self harm; offering clinical supervision to staff of all disciplines; and taking on leadership roles within the trust. Michelle took a big risk in setting up her own independent practice, Blossoming Minds, in January 2019, the primary driver of which was a wish to offer more authentic and creative trauma and attachment informed interventions, as well as to find a better work-life balance that fit around her growing family. Michelle has been privileged to work with many families who have inspired her to continue to learn about the impact of childhood trauma and ruptures to early relationships on life long development and mental well being, and she is excited to grow her practice, with big plans on the horizon!
Pip has been working as an Occupational Therapist in CAMHS for over 25 years in a range of settings including In-patient Adolescent Units and Community Based CAMHS teams. Prior to this, Pip worked in both Adult Mental Health and Elderly Mental Health in London but following the birth of her second child, she decided to try a new venture working in an Adolescent Unit in Surrey. This was a steep learning curve but an amazing experience of a Therapeutic community approach. Pip ran several groups for the young people and took part in all aspects of the Unit. After moving to Cornwall in 2000, Pip spent time looking after her children before finding work in the Plymouth Camhs Team and In-patient Unit. Pip co-ordinated the Group Therapy Programme and ran a number of groups alongside other clinicians. Pip was also part of the Out-Patient multi-disciplinary team and spent time working at a Day Assessment Unit for children where her skills in understanding complex children were enhanced. In 2010 Pip moved to the Cornwall Camhs Team where she stayed for 8 years, Pip undertook the ADOS training in 2002 in order to support the assessment of children with possible ASD. Pip developed a particular interest in girls on the autism spectrum and how they presented differently to boys when referred to Camhs. In 2018, Pip left the Camhs Team to join the Cornwall Children’s and Young Peoples Eating Disorders Team. Pip continues to work as part of this team offering systemic interventions and Parent Group Support.
Speech and Language Therapist
Erin qualified as a speech and language therapist with a 1st class honours degree from the university of St Mark and St John in 2015. Prior to undertaking her first role as a community paediatric therapist in the NHS, Erin worked as a speech and language therapy assistant from 2009 and maintained this role throughout her training. Since qualifying, in addition to grass roots work in the NHS, Erin has worked within several more specialised roles including as a speech and language therapist at an independent school for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEMH), traumatic adverse childhood experiences and/or neurodevelopmental disabilities including Autistic Spectrum Condition, Down Syndrome, Moderate Learning Disabilities, Selective Mutism and Brain Injury. Erin has worked within multi-disciplinary teams to assess and diagnose communication difficulties in children with complex histories since qualifying as a speech and language therapist and prefers to work in this way as it enables holistic assessment and support to be provided for the children under her care. Erin regularly undertakes professional development activities spanning the 3 domains of speech, language and social communication as well as children’s wellbeing. For instance, she has completed training in compassion focused therapy, adolescent neuro-development, child attachment/trauma and the role of speech and language therapists in supporting children with SEMH. Working as part of the multi-disciplinary team for Blossoming Minds is a welcome opportunity for Erin to continue to support children in a holistic and compassionate way so that they can be supported to make sense of their history, their unique strengths and difficulties, and work therapeutically with families to ensure the child can thrive.