Who We Are
Positive Minds Psychology was created by four highly skilled psychologists who obtained their professional doctorates in educational and child psychology at University College London (UCL). The team are all registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). All members have successfully completed the Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET).
The team shares a wealth of experience working within educational psychology services across London. At Positive Minds Psychology we work with children and young people across a range of ages, needs and contexts. For further details, please see “What We Do”.
At Positive Minds Psychology we share a commitment to evidence-based practice and understand that to promote meaningful change we must work collaboratively with the child and the people who know that child best. We believe in positive psychology for all and that every situation can change for the better.
Dr Vanna (Ioanna) Cotzia
Vanna believes that every person, whatever the age, has a fundamental right to experience the lifelong learning process as an uninhibited progression towards self-discovery. In addition to her experience as an Educational and Child Psychologist within a London Local Authority, Vanna has a passion for research and teaching Psychology and is committed to integrating theory and practice. Vanna has experience lecturing and as an academic & personal tutor at UCL (BSc and MSc programmes), and is a lecturer in Educational Psychology at Birkbeck University of London, teaching on both the undergraduate and masters psychology degrees. She also specialises as a supervisor for school professionals and trainee Educational Psychologists and is a Registered Applied Psychology Practice Supervisor (RAPPS) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Dr Rosie Freedman
Rosie is a positive, experienced Educational Psychologist specialising in the application of evidence based psychology to promote the wellbeing and educational success of children and young people. She has over six years’ experience providing psychological support across a wide range of educational and community settings. Rosie has a passion for working therapeutically and after completing her training in Multi-Family Therapy Rosie is now part of a research project exploring the impact of the intervention on pupil wellbeing. In addition, Rosie is interested is supporting young people through times of transition and was part of a Local Authority pilot to improve the provision of further education for young people with additional needs.
Dr Anna Hepworth
Anna obtained her undergraduate degree in experimental psychology from the University of Oxford and started her career as a secondary school teacher. These experiences highlighted the impact that education has on the future outcomes of children and young people. As such, Anna is committed to using education as a mechanism for change. In addition to her current role within an educational psychology service, Anna is part of a multi-agency team supporting the educational needs of children in care. She works collaboratively with a range of educational, health and social care professionals to support positive outcomes for this group of children and young people.
Dr Lexi Johnston
Lexi is an Educational and Child Psychologist who has a passion for working with children and the adults who support them. She has worked with children, school staff and parents across a number of local authorities in London and the surrounding areas. Prior to training as an Educational Psychologist, Lexi worked as a primary school teacher in London. Lexi is committed to using psychological knowledge grounded in research to promote positive changes for young people and their families.