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James Tillman

Shine Social Skills Specialist Consultant

James is a social circus practitioner and learning mentor with experience engaging supporting and inspiring SEN children and young people in all sorts of settings.

James has spent the last 10 years engaging hard to reach young people through creative workshops alongside teaching music, mechanics and providing pastoral care in alternative provisions.

In his spare time James can be found mixing drum n bass, whizzing his cars or tending the garden.

"The kids who need the most love will ask for it in the most unloving ways."

Hayley Smith

Shine Sleep Specialist Consultant

Hayley is a psychology specialist and child and baby Sleep Consultant with experience guiding a range of ages and needs into fantastic sleep. Her approaches are all gentle, and reassuring – tailored to the specific need of the child.


Hayley has come from a place of sleeplessness herself – with her own son Milo not sleeping for 12months. This encouraged her to leave her job teaching to retrain and ensure that no other family had to feel the pain that goes along with unnecessary sleep deprivation.

Her mission is simple to provide a service that makes SENse around sleep and ensure that families are well rested and enjoying each other.

In her spare time Hayley can be found painting, at the beach with her 2 kids or pottering in her vegetable patch.

“My son is now getting the sleep he needs, and I have my sanity and freedom back, it’s nothing short of a miracle!”



Dr Sara Sopena, BA, PGDip, MSc, DClin.

Shine Chartered Clinical Psychologist Consultant

Dr Sara Sopena is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience of working with families with children with emotional, behavioural and/or learning difficulties. She has worked both doing psychological research and clinical work in different mental health NHS settings and has contributed to the development of well known neuropsychological assessment test batteries.

Dr Sopena has experience in carrying out complex assessments to help families understand the difficulties they might be facing and develop evidence base interventions to best suit their needs. She can offer general assessments of common psychological difficulties (e.g., anxiety, depression) as well as more specialist services such as diagnostic (Autism Spectrum Disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and cognitive/learning assessments.


She is trained to offer different evidence based therapeutic approaches which are tailor-made to the need of the child and family. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Behavioural Therapy and Neurorehabilitation.

Dr Sopena can also offer assessment and therapy to Spanish speaking individuals.