A CONSULTANT clinical psychologist is being celebrated for services to children and young people in Worcestershire, with a CBE announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Dr Golding, who has lived in Malvern for more than 27 years, said: “To receive the news that I was going to be appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to children and young people in my role was humbling.

“This honour, whilst recognising my individual contribution, also recognises the hard work of many people."

Dr Golding has received mentoring from many experts, including Dan Hughes, an American clinical psychologist who developed the DDP model (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy).

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Dr Golding added: “We want to ensure that our children and young people have the best support possible in order to recover from early trauma and develop towards improved mental health and emotional wellbeing. We also want to provide the best support to those parenting these children and young people so that they can stay resilient and emotionally healthy whilst undertaking what can often be a challenging parenting task."

Dr Golding has authored numerous books, including 'Everyday Parenting with Security and Love', as well as peer-reviewed journal articles.

“Since my training as a clinical psychologist I have always aimed to improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of the children, young people, and families that I have worked with.

"When I moved to Worcestershire, this work became focused upon children growing up in, or adopted from, care. It was my privilege to work with dedicated colleagues within the NHS, social care and education to develop and evaluate services and interventions that were helpful."