Experienced health and social care experts

At Dementia Carers Count we place very high importance on ensuring that the advice, guidance, knowledge and information that we share with family carers is provided by experienced health and social care professionals who are governed by a code of ethics and commitment to competence, integrity and the promotion of wellbeing. We have a team of four therapists and a team facilitator.

Qualified Therapists and Psychologists

Hazel May, our Director, is a State Registered Occupational Therapist with a Masters degree in Philosophy and Health Care and over 30 years of clinical experience in supporting families living with Dementia. Sue Jones and Dr Gemima Fitzgerald each have over 10 years’ clinical experience.

Sue’s specialism is in Speech and Language Therapy for people living with dementia. She has experience of working in Memory Assessment clinics, inpatient wards and community teams, and she also designs and delivers training sessions for family carers to help improve communication and wellbeing. Sue is also a qualified level 7 Coach.

Gemima is a Clinical Psychologist with a special interest in resilience and supporting families living with life changing conditions. Our youngest team member, Luisa Rabanal, another state registered Occupational Therapist, brings three years of research experience at Salford University working on a project with families living with Young Onset Dementia. Luisa has a special interest in the emotional wellbeing of family carers and is currently training to become a person-centred counsellor.

Keeping us all grounded and focussed on the needs and experiences of family carers is Brenda Prada, an adult trainer with a degree in psychology, a postgraduate diploma in Managing in Health and Social Care and a passion for supporting carers. Brenda joined the charity three years ago with over 15 years’ experience of working in a London Carers Centre.

We are a strong team facing forwards with a mission to improve the experience of carers who find themselves supporting a friend or family member living with dementia.