About Me

I am a specialist speech and language therapist with over 25 years of clinical experience specialising in working with children, young people and adults who stammer.

For the majority of my career (from 1993 to 2016) I worked at the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering in London, a nationally and internationally recognised centre of excellence in the assessment and treatment of stammering.

During my time at the Michael Palin Centre I held a senior clinical role and developed my knowledge and expertise in the field of stammering.

My caseload included children, young people and adults who stammer, some of whom presented with additional speech, language and communication needs such as delayed speech and language development, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Tourette Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder etc.  I also contributed to the Centre’s research programme investigating the nature of stammering and the effectiveness of therapy and participated in the Centre’s international training programme.


I have published a number of clinical and research papers, presented at national and international conferences and I am co-author of Practical Intervention for Early Childhood Stammering: Palin PCI Approach (Kelman & Nicholas, 2008).  This is a practical manual for speech and language therapists providing a detailed guide to the Palin Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Programme developed at the Centre. The second edition of this manual (Palin Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Early Childhood Stammering) is due for publication in February 2020 (pre-order here: www.routledge.com).

I am an experienced clinical supervisor and I have supported a number of generalist and specialist speech and language therapists in developing their knowledge, skills and confidence in working with children, young people and adults with a range of speech, language and communication difficulties.

Now based in Cardiff and working independently as a speech and language therapist, I am also an Associate Tutor at Cardiff Metropolitan University and teach the Disorders of Fluency module to undergraduate students.  


I am Welsh speaking and can provide speech and language therapy in English and Welsh.

My qualifications are:

  • Ba (Hons) in Linguistics and Language Pathology from the University of Reading

  • MSc in Human Communication from University College London

  • Certificate in Solution Focused Practice (www.brief.org)

  • Accredited Palin Parent-Child Interaction Therapist (www.michaelpalincentreforstammering.org)

  • Certified European Fluency Specialist (www.europeanfluencyspecialists.eu)

I am a registered member of the following professional organisations:

  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (Reg MRCSLT)

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

  • Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP)


I have a full Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certification. 


I am passionate about my work and committed to ensuring that all those in need of speech and language therapy support have access to a highly specialist evidence-based service in order for each individual to reach their full potential and to become a confident and successful communicator.

I am always happy to talk to clients and parents to discuss their concerns about stammering or any other speech, language or communication difficulties.  You can also send me an e-mail or use the online form below. 

I offer a free initial discussion to talk about your concerns and how I can help

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