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Aroa team

Dr Leanne Short
Senior Educational
Psychologist and Director


Leanne worked as an Educational Psychologist for Liverpool City Council for 5 years after completing her Doctorate at Newcastle University. Prior to this, Leanne completed a Masters Degree in Mental Health Practice at Manchester University and worked with Wigan Specialist Eating Disorders Clinic.

During her three-year undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Liverpool, Leanne worked with families home educating their children with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Condition and co-morbid difficulties.

Leanne has worked as an Independent Educational Psychologist since 2015 supporting families and schools across the North West of England. Having built a reputation amongst many SEND communities, Leanne founded Aroa in July 2022, forming a team of EPs to provide exceptional psychological services across England and North Wales.

miss Ingrid mitchell
Educational Psychologist


Ingrid graduated from Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand, with distinction, in Master of Educational Psychology. She became registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board and spent her time post qualifications, gaining experience within the public education system.  Through Ingrid’s studies and work experience, as an educational psychologist, an intern, a mentor, a teacher aide, a disability carer, and student support co-ordinator, it has exposed her to a diverse range of individuals, challenges and opportunities. Ingrid appreciates the importance of developing relationships, acknowledging surrounding environments, employing a strengths-based approach and development of cultural competences.

Ingrid has a passion for mental health and wellbeing, and is trained in trauma and anxiety. Ingrid also has extensive training and experience working with young people with Autistic Spectrum Condition. She is trained to administer the Autism Diagnosis Observation Schedule, 2nd Edition (ADOS-2) and ADI-R. 

mrs Lindsey Davies
Executive Operations manager


Lindsey spent 21 years in the airline industry before moving into medical administration, initially within a private hospital setting prior to her current role. The airline industry provided a great background for developing a number of core and complementary skills that now complement the work Lindsey does for Aroa Educational Psychology Services in the role of Personal Assistant.

Front and centre of these are strong interpersonal skills. An ability to deal with complex and multiple situations with an empathetic understanding enable Lindsey to deliver care and service that put Aroa Educational Psychology Services as a best-in-class provider. As a first point of contact for many, Lindsey understands and represents the business in a way that creates a level of comfort and understanding that all needs will be dealt with to the highest of standards.

mrs Elizabeth Snell
Executive Assistant


Liz was a CIPD qualified HR Adviser for 10 years after gaining an International Business Management degree at Northumbria University. After returning to education to complete an A-Level in Creative Writing, Liz has worked as a freelance Copywriter and Editor for Yorkshire based magazines and charities. 

miss Olivia warwick-Bower Assistant Educational Psychologist

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