Hello, my name is Bethan. I studied at Reading University and qualified in 2009. Since then I have worked in Wales and across London, working with mainstream schools, clinics, language units, special schools and pupil referral units. Working across all these settings has led me to have a passion for working with young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties, which has become my clinical specialism. I love working in a dynamic and creative way with a wide range of professionals, to support students who find it very difficult to communicate and regulate themselves in the classroom. I am Clinical Lead at Words First, which means I supervise and line-manage members of the team, while working with Amanda and the other Clinical Leads to develop services and ensure that we are providing the highest quality of provision to all our schools. The thing I most love about working at Words First is that there is no red tape – we are committed to doing what works, and we are flexible with each school to provide them with the service they need. We are always excited by the opportunity to work in a different way! When I’m not in work mode I like running, doing CrossFit and undoing all that good work by cooking and baking! I am also very invested in the London food scene, and restaurant bookings are my superpower! A book which has had a huge impact on me professionally and personally is Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig, which gave me valuable insight into mental health difficulties and has changed the way I approach mental wellbeing, both with the students I support and the staff I supervise.