Child First Trust

Maria Allan – Thrive Practitioner and Occupational Therapist.

Maria Allan – Thrive Practitioner and Occupational Therapist

  • BSc Occupational Therapy
  • Sensory Integration 1 and 2
  • Thrive Practitioner
  • Youth Mental Health First Aider
  • Adult Mental Health First Aider
  • Safeguarding Children Level 3
  • Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programme (NLP), Coaching and Mindfulness
  • Hypnotherapist – Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapy

Maria is passionate about supporting children and young people raising their learning and wellbeing and helping them to fulfil their potential. She has over 20 years’ experience working with children and young people in education and health settings.

Maria currently leads on mental health in a secondary school based in Essex. Alongside this she is a licensed Thrive Practitioner and qualified Occupational Therapist with skills in coaching and neurolinguistic-programming.

Maria is keen to help young people and their families with interventions, support and / or advice where there is a disability or impairment which impacts on performance and participation in everyday activities of life. Maria is also passionate about young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

To help children and young people be healthy, happy, confident, and ready to learn, Maria uses her skills as a qualified Thrive Practitioner to help support mental health, wellbeing and develop social and emotional learning.  Parents / carers and those who work closely with children and young people can gain knowledge and skills to support them as they move through emotional developmental stages.

Maria can help in understanding the needs being signalled by a child or young person through their behaviour whether they have been emotionally thrown off track either temporarily or over longer periods. This is done therapeutically using art and play based activities.


All involvement begins with an initial assessment to ensure the intervention is tailored to the child or young persons needs. Following this, Maria works with the child / young person / adult to plan an intervention that will address their needs and intended outcomes.

All interventions are developed with the aim of enabling, maximising independence, and supporting effective self-management support with their physical and mental wellbeing. Advice and strategies are offered to services working with the child or young person.


Services are available to children and young people ages 0-25 years in the home or educational setting. 1:1 and small group work is available.  Maria accepts referrals from parents / carers, education staff and other professionals.

1 hour in school or home – £45

2 hours in school or home – £75

3 hours in school or home – £110

1 full day 9am – 3pm £200