Professional qualifications and experience

I hold a degree in Occupational Therapy with Honours, from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa (1987). I earned a Masters’ degree in the Advanced Practice of Occupational Therapy through the University of Exeter in 1997. I was awarded a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Allied Health Professions’ Studies by the University of Kent in 2008. My thesis explored Rehabilitation and Work.

As an Occupational Therapist, I have worked with children and adults with a range of mental health, neurodevelopmental, and various other health conditions which impact on everyday activities, for over 30 years. Clients are currently seen in my own purpose-built clinic, at home, work and in school settings.

As an Independent Practitioner, I specialise in the assessment and treatment of children and adults with emotional, sensory, motor and cognitive difficulties and disabilities which affect participation in everyday activities at home, school, college or work. Diagnoses include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Developmental Co-ordination Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, Anxiety and Mood Disorder and Personality Disorders.

Dr Joanne Ross
Dr Joanne Ross

I primarily utilise developmental and ‘prehabilitation’ approaches, drawing on other theoretical paradigms where required. As an Occupational Therapist, the aim of my assessment is to fully understand the nature of the presenting problems and concerns in context. The purpose of therapy is to assist clients to increase and develop their current functional skills and abilities, achieve and maintain valued roles, and perform the tasks that they want, and need, to as part of an enjoyable, fulfilled and satisfying life.  I have experience working with complex conditions, including trauma and attachment difficulties, Adopted and Looked After Children, Selective Mutism and Gender Dysphoria.

Previous experience includes a range of in-patient units, specialist services, community teams, clinics and workplaces in the UK and in South Africa.

I have previously held a Senior Lecturer position at Canterbury Christ Church University and guest lectured at the University of Greenwich and University of Kent.  I am a published author and have presented my work nationally and internationally. I have also held Senior Management and Leadership positions in the NHS, including as Lead Commissioner for Adult Mental Health Services in East Kent.

I have developed and advanced my skills through extensive and ongoing CPD activity. I have completed specialist post-graduate training in Sensory Integration, the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism (ADOS-2 certification), Dyspraxia and Adult ADHD, complex trauma in children and Life Coaching. I am an Accredited AMPS (Assessment of Motor and Process Skills) assessor, an Integrated Listening Systems Practitioner, a COGMED Coach, an Accredited Beyond blue trainer (Mental Health Awareness in the Workplace) and a Certified Disability Management Professional (IDMSC). I hold a NEBS Certificate in Supervisory Management and am an Accredited PRINCE 2 Project Management Practitioner. I have undertaken Post-Graduate Studies in Sensory Integration through the University of Southern California.

I am registered with the Health and Care Profession’s Council and with the British Association of Occupational Therapists. I have DBS clearance and professional indemnity insurance. If you need details of these, please ask.

Therapy Studio

The AHP Therapy Studio is a newly purpose-built facility situated in a peaceful countryside setting, conveniently accessed from the Thanet Way (A299).  There is free parking which is a short walk away from the Studio itself.  There is an eco-toilet and washroom facility on site.

Please note there are steps up to the Studio – please advise if you have mobility concerns.