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Blue Sails Psychology

Blue Sails Psychology are based in Devon and offer a range of specialist services in the South West of England to those caring for and working with children who have experienced early trauma.

Although children may have lived in safe environments for many years, their earliest experiences of fear and uncertainty can continue to impact on them. Our support can help and guide those working hard to support children as they try to make sense of their difficult early experiences and the range of outcomes these can have for their development and relationships.

In the earliest weeks and months of life children should learn to feel safe, trust others, and know themselves to be good. However, many of the children we work with learned instead to feel afraid, to not trust, and to believe themselves to be bad. Such experiences, when the young brain is still developing, leave a lasting mark.

The work we do at Blue Sails Psychology is tailored to supporting families and professionals to understand the impact of early trauma on children and to respond in ways which can help children to learn to trust and experience relationships as being safe and positive. All of our work is attachment and trauma informed.

Dr Emma Greatbatch

Dr Emma Greatbatch

Dr Emma Greatbatch, Director of Blue Sails Psychology, is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and DDP Practitioner, Consultant and Trainer.

Emma has worked with families and children who have experienced early trauma and loss, in a variety of roles, since 2000. She has worked within Local Authority Fostering Services; NHS Specialist mental health services for Children in Care; and as strategic lead for a private sector Adoption and Fostering support service, contributing to an Ofsted rating of ‘outstanding’.

Emma currently leads Blue Sails Psychology, independently providing a range of specialist services including assessment, therapy, consultation, supervision and training. More information about each of these services can be found in the relevant areas of this website.

As a Practitioner, Consultant and Trainer in DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy), Emma provides specialist input in this area through therapy, supervision, consultation and training. For more information about DDP please visit the DDP Network website.

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