Jen Brakel

Developmental Therapist

I joined the bibic team in May 2023. I studied Primary Education at Nottingham Trent University and began my career as a primary school teacher where I taught across KS2 for a number of years. I then decided to take a break from teaching to work with children and young people in different settings. I spent a short amount of time supporting children and their families who had experienced domestic abuse, helping them understand how this experience may have impacted on their behaviour and development and what strategies they could use to help them. I then spent a few years working for an Early Mental Health service, supporting children and young people to develop skills to support their mental health and wellbeing. I have a real interest in how trauma can impact on children’s development and the way our brains process information as well as how we can best support ourselves with our mental health and wellbeing. I am passionate about helping children and young people develop an understanding about themselves and then what will help support them to be the best version of themselves.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time outside with my young family, running, gardening and going on adventures, which almost always involve coffee and cake! I also enjoy reading and crafting to help me relax and unwind.