Post. Grad. Dip. Ed. Res.
MSc. (Ed. Psych.)
Grad. Dip. Ed.
Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Reg. No.: (PYL05456)
British Psychological Society (BPS)
also member of
Division of Educational & Child Psychology (DECP)
Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP)
DBS Disclosure Number
I believe that children want to succeed and do well and that families and schools are trying their best. This conviction is my starting point after I am invited to become involved with a child, school and family. My interest is in using psychology to support families and schools when things are not going as one would like.
I am an Educational Psychologist, Chartered with the British Psychological Society and registered with the HCPC. I have over 20 years experience working for local authorities and the private sector. I have had my own private practice for 18 years and for this length of time benefitted from the different but complementary experiences offered by working concurrently as an individual contractor and for a psychology service. I have consistently experienced the full range of work as an educational psychologist and in my private work I have often worked with children and young people where there have been concerns about specific learning difficulties and/or emotional, social and communication issues.
I am a co-founder of Emotion Coaching UK. Emotion Coaching UK has been set up to promote Emotion Coaching as a way of supporting and sustaining children and young people's emotional and behavioural wellbeing. Emotion Coaching UK develops and provides training and consultancy to parents and professionals in Emotion Coaching. It is a growing community of professionals from a variety of fields.
I have delivered conference papers, key note speeches and workshops on Emotion Coaching for Professional Development Events in the UK and internationally. I have been a guest speaker at the Applied Educational and Child Psychology Doctorate programme, University of Birmingham and have delivered Emotion Coaching training to schools and organisations in the UK.
I have delivered Mellow Parenting Programmes. I am also a registered trainer of the parenting programmes, Tuning into Kids and Tuning into Teens and am trained in Theraplay (Level 1). I deliver these emotion coaching-based parenting programmes to groups as well as to individual families.
To help maintain, develop and protect my professional practice, in addition to the usual CPD I am expected to undertake to maintain my registration with the HCPC, I am an active member of EPIC; a collegiate body of psychologists working as individual contractors. This forum provides supervision, professional discussion and research opportunities.
Papers in peer reviewed journals
Gus, L. (2000) Autism: Promoting Peer Understanding, Educational Psychology in Practice, 16, (4), 461-468. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/713666109
Gus, L., Rose, J., Gilbert, L. (2015) Emotion Coaching: a universal strategy for supporting and promoting sustainable emotional and behavioural well-being , Educational & Child Psychology 32 (1), 31-41.
Gus, L. Rose, J. Gilbert, L and Kilby, R. (2017) The introduction of Emotion Coaching as a Whole School Approach in a Primary Specialist Social Emotional and Mental Health Setting: Positive Outcomes for All, The Open Family Studies Journal, 9, pp 3-18.
Anticipation and Preparation: Pre-Emotion Coaching (2018) http://www.headteacher-update.com/best-practice-article/pastoral-support-anticipation-and-preparation/170484/
Gus, L. & Wood, F (2017) ‘Emotion Coaching’. In Colley, D. and Cooper, P. (eds.) Attachment and Emotional Development in the Classroom. Theory and Practice. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Emotion Coaching (with Dr. Laura Meldrum-Carter), (2017) http://www.headteacher-update.com/best-practice-article/pastoral-support-emotion-coaching/152306/
The Emotion Coaching approach, (2016) SPECIAL, National Association of Special Educational Needs.
Implementing Emotion Coaching in secondary schools (with Dr. Laura Meldrum-Carter), (2016)
Collaborative communication: An investigation into improving difficult conversations between home and school, with Dr. Laura Meldrum-Carter, DECP Debate 157, December 2015, The British Psychological Society