Dr Suzanne Platt

Dr Platt is a clinical psychologist with over 10 years of NHS experience who has worked across a range of settings within Clinical Psychology including Adult Mental Health, CAMHS (5-18 years), Learning Disability Teams (0-18 years), Child Development and Paediatric Services (0-11 years) and Child Looked After Services (0-18 years). She has provided direct therapy to children and is trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP, Level 1), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Systemic and Psychodynamic approaches. She also completes complex and in-depth therapeutic assessments for children who are looked after to support their transition to new placements so that the network can understand their attachment and mental health needs.

Supporting children and families to feel safe and secure is a priority and Dr Platt works hard to enable engagement by being flexible, approachable and adaptable in the use of therapeutic models to suit the needs of the individual and family. Being child and family-centred is at the heart of Dr Platt’s approach and all avenues of making assessments and therapy easy, fun and non-threatening will be explored.

Dr Platt has extensive experience of conducting autism assessments, cognitive assessments and ensuring that all aspects of a young person’s strengths, abilities and challenges are understood. In her current NHS role, Dr Platt works therapeutically with children who are looked after. She is attachment and trauma-focused in her approach, working sensitively alongside individuals, families and networks using DDP principles, play-based interventions, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), systemic and psychodynamic approaches.

Currently, Dr Platt is able to offer the following: Complex child and adult psychological assessments, autism assessments, cognitive and capacity assessments, individual therapy, supervision and consultation both online and in person in clinics in South East Wales.

Areas of specialism

  • Assessment of child mental health, risk trauma
  • Assessment of adult mental health, risk and trauma
  • Assessment of child autism
  • Assessment of learning disability and functional capacity
  • Individual therapy for children
  • Individual therapy for children with autism and/or learning disabilities


Profession: Psychologist

Courts or Tribunals: Family Court

Age groups: Adolescent, Adult, Child, Family

Psychological Specialisms: Autistic Spectum Disorder, Behavioural Difficulties, Mental Capacity, Parent-Child Attachment, School Problems, Trauma and PTSD

Therapies offered: CBT, Child Therapy, Family Therapy, Psychodynamic, Systemic