Educational Psychology

What does an educational psychologist do?

Educational psychologists support children and young people – and those who care for them – to overcome any barriers that hold them back from reaching their potential. Their focus is on helping children learn more effectively and to provide strategies for parents and teachers to use in a way that will best support your child.


We offer educational psychology assessments for children and adolescents up to 26 years old. 

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Who can benefit from an educational psychologist assessment?

If you have any of the following concerns about your child, it may be worth considering an educational psychologist assessment:

  • Cognitive capacity
  • Developmental delays
  • Academic achievement or learning abilities
  • Social, emotional and/or behavioural functioning
  • Speech and language development
  • Gross, fine or graphomotor skills
  • Relationships with peers, family and/or authority
  • Other areas of neurodevelopmental functioning

Educational psychologist assessment - what to expect

During the assessment stage, your educational psychologist will first meet with you to talk about your concerns and gather as much information as we can about your child. After this, we will then have sessions with your child one-on-one where we will carry out the appropriate psychometric tests. In some cases, we will also be in touch with teachers via rating scales, school observations and over the phone.


There will then be a feedback session where your educational psychologist will provide you with a detailed report and talk through their findings. The report will include diagnostic impressions alongside their recommendations for treatment and support going forward.


Meet our educational psychologist – Jodi Gomez

Frequently asked questions

Our educational psychologist can provide an assessment for children between the ages of 6 and 26 years old. If your child is below the age of 6, please contact the clinic directly as, in most cases, we will be able to source a psychologist who specialises in developmental assessments.

The main purpose of an educational assessment is to assess a child’s learning, cognitive and processing abilities. If your child’s needs revolve around attention deficit/hyperactivity, behavioural difficulties or if they are experiencing sensory issues, then an ASD/ADHD assessment would be better suited instead. If you are unsure about which types of assessment your child needs, please contact the clinic directly and one of our team will be able to advise.

If your child has been assessed in the last 2 years, we recommend contacting the person who first carried around the assessment. Within this timeframe, another assessment is likely to provide the same results. Likewise, if you are over the age of 26, we also suggest going back to the person who initially carried out your assessment. If you would like to move forward with us, please be aware that Dr Jodi Gomez will need to provide a completely new assessment from the beginning.

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Dr Elena Touroni

Dr Elena Touroni is a skilled and experienced consultant psychologist with a track record of delivering high-quality services for individuals with all common emotional difficulties and those with a diagnosis of personality disorder. She is experienced in service design and delivery, the management of multi-disciplinary teams, organisational consultancy, and development and delivery of both national and bespoke training to providers in the statutory and non-statutory sector.

Having obtained a first degree in Psychology (BSc) at the American College of Greece, she completed her doctoral training at the University of Surrey. Dr Touroni is highly experienced in the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, substance misuse, personality disorder, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, adjustment disorder and relationship difficulties. She works with both individuals and couples and can offer therapy in English and Greek.

Dr Touroni has held a variety of clinical and managerial positions including as Head of Service in the NHS. Further she has held academic positions for the University of Surrey and the Institute of Mental Health lecturing on specialist postgraduate Masters and Doctorate programmes.

She is trained in several specialist therapeutic approaches such as schema therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based approaches and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). As well as holding a variety of NHS positions, Dr. Touroni is the co-founder of a private practice in Central London that has been a provider of psychological therapy for all common emotional difficulties including personality disorder since 2002. She is the founder and one of two directors of The Chelsea Psychology Clinic.