Hayley Smith

Dr Hayley Smith has worked in the NHS and Social Care providing psychological services to Looked After children since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 2009.  She is dual qualified as a Systemic Family Psychotherapist.

She carries out assessments and works therapeutically with children and families across the ability spectrum including those with specific neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  She uses a variety of approaches to fit with the needs of clients, however, she specialises in working with adoptive families using attachment-focused family therapy.

She provides a range of assessments and therapy for children with attachment difficulties, complex developmental trauma and mental health problems. As well as working with children directly, she supports parents, carers and residential homes and professionals by offering parenting work, psychological consultation and training.

She has been an associate with us since 2016.

Training and Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)
  • M.Sc. Systemic Family Psychotherapy
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Degree in Psychology and Sociology

Accreditation to Professional Bodies:

  • Registered with HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council)
  • Chartered Clinical Psychologist (CPsychol) within the Clinical Psychology Division of the British Psychological Society (BPS)


  • Barber, J., in collaboration with Washington, A., Sylwestrzak-Grochulska, and Smith, H. (2014). The danger of a single story: Reflections on the importance of holding a neutral curious position when externalising anorexia and some thoughts on how to create the space to do this. AFT Context, 136
  • Oyebode, J., Smith, H. and Morrison, K. (2013). The personal experience of partners of individuals with Motor Neuron Disease. Amotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemperal Degeneration, 14, 1, 39-43.
  • Wane, J., Larkin, M, Earl-Gray, M., and Smith, H. (2009). Understanding the impact of an Assertive Outreach Team on couples caring for adult children with psychosis. Journal of Family Therapy, 31, 3, 284-309
  • Smith, H. (2006) Clinical Supervision for Assistant Psychologists: Existing Provision and Unmet Needs. Clinical Psychology Forum 163, 42-45