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At Making Sense Of It we offer a range of services. The following sections give some brief detail about each of these services we offer.

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At Making Sense Of It we work closely with schools to think about how we could help. This could include consultations to teachers/SENCOs/teaching assistants, training in large/small groups or more direct work with individuals or small groups of children

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Child and Family Mental Health

Children and families throughout their lives can struggle with a range of different issues. It might be that you are worried that your child or teenager is becoming withdrawn or seems overly anxious, and you would like to either talk to someone yourself, or seek some help for them directly.

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Children with Learning Disabilities

Caring for a child with a disability can be both rewarding and challenging. The needs of the family and the child can be different and need a tailored or specialist approach. At Making Sense Of It, we have extensive experience of supporting families, children and schools.

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Cognitive Assessments

A cognitive assessment can be helpful when a young person is struggling with learning in school or having difficulties in specific areas. The young person will engage in a series of activities/puzzles/tasks which have been specifically designed to gain a fuller understanding of a young person’s strengths and weaknesses in a variety of areas.

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Autism Diagnostic Service

At Making Sense Of It, we have joined with Speech and Languages Therapists (SALT), Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, and Occupational Therapists (OT) to develop a multidisciplinary diagnosis service. Giving an autism diagnosis to a child involves detailed and comprehensive assessment of all areas of their life.

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Supervision & Training

We have extensive experience of providing supervision both to other clinical psychologists and other health professionals. We also offer a variety of training packages which can be tailored to your needs. This could include training into educational settings, training for other health professionals or training for parents.

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About Us

Dr Bligh and Dr Tilley have established Making Sense Of It Ltd as a partnership providing Clinical Psychology services to children, families and schools in the Sussex area. We are both passionate about supporting children to live fulfilling lives. At the heart of our practice, we believe in the importance of relationships and work with the whole family or network surrounding a child. We both have significant experience working with children and adolescents with a range of difficulties including those with mental health problems, learning disabilities and autism, and other neurodevelopmental conditions. We have learnt through our practice that providing the right support as early as possible is essential.

We work in partnership with families and schools. By partnership, we mean that everyone involved brings their own expertise. As a parent, you will know your child better than anyone else. You will know what makes them worried, scared, excited, happy or sad. You carry their story and hopes for their future. Your child’s teacher will hold knowledge about different parts of their life, including how they learn, how they relate to others, and what they find hard within the school setting. At Making Sense Of It, we will be interested in all of these areas, and will bring our knowledge and understanding of children’s development, mental health, emotional well-being and ideas about how to help children in these areas.

If you would like to find out more about the services we offer, or discuss an enquiry please contact us via email. We look forward to hearing from you. A guide to our fees can be found on our Fees Structure page

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Who We Are

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Dr Jodie Tilley (C. Psychol, AFBPsS)

Dr. Jodie Tilley is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, with over 15 years specialist experience working with children, adolescents and their families. After achieving a First Class Degree in Applied Psychology, Jodie completed a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, which covered a range of psychological disorders, therapeutic models and training in working with people across the life span. Dr. Tilley values working with the whole family and wider system when supporting children and young people.

Since qualifying Dr. Tilley has worked within the NHS in Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) supporting children and families with a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. This has included working within a specialist service for children with moderate to severe learning disabilities, supporting children with autistic spectrum conditions and providing consultation and training within education settings and social services. Since 2012 Dr. Tilley has been working with children and adolescents who are in foster care, residential care or have been adopted. Alongside her interest in working with children with learning disabilities, she has developed a specialist interest in understanding and working with the impact of trauma on children’s development, attachment relationships and emotional well-being. She is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and has Practitioner status with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

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Dr Helena Bligh (C. Psychol, AFBPsS)

Dr Helena Bligh is a Clinical Psychologist specialising in working with children and adolescents. She has twenty years clinical experience working both in the NHS and private settings. Dr Bligh has extensive clinical experience in assessment and therapeutic interventions with children, young people and their families, having worked in education, health and care settings. She has over 10 years experience working in NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, supporting children with emotional, behavioural and learning needs. She regularly enjoys the opportunity to consult with, and offer training to, residential and education teams. Dr Bligh is passionate about working with systems, networks and directly with children and families to achieve the best possible outcomes for young people. Working with children with autism and learning disabilities are areas of specialism for Dr Bligh. She is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and has Practitioner status with the Health Professions Council.

Contact Us

If you would like to find out more about the services we offer, or discuss an enquiry please contact us via the email below. Alternatively you can complete the form below with some brief details about your enquiry and we will contact you for a brief telephone consultation which is free of charge. This will allow us to find out a bit more about the areas of concern and discuss how we can help.

We will not pass your details onto third parties and will only use the information supplied for the purposes of handling your query. Please refer to our privacy policy for further information about how we handle your data.


Dr Jodie Tilley and Dr Helena Bligh are both proud members of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). Please click the links below to find out about these organisations.

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