Strengthening the relationships that matter the most

About Bettina Hohnen, Clinical Psychologist

Specialising in working with parents and families in the context of neurodiversity. 

I help parents, teachers and professional teams create environments for young people to thrive, so they can reach their goals, work through difficulties and strengthen those relationships that matter the most.

Parents, teachers and professional teams care about young people, but knowing the science is essential to creating the conditions that enable kids to thrive.

As an academic and UCL teaching fellow, I know the science. What makes me different is my ability to translate this science so it makes sense for every audience. I try to create safe spaces and build trust with whoever I work with. When we feel safe to share and be vulnerable, true change and growth can take place. 

Clinical, but never cold.

Clinical, but never cold.

Science is wonderful – it’s at the core of what I do. I have the academic credentials, the professional training and even a couple of doctorate degrees, which means I have the knowledge. But my support of parents and their children is more than that. It’s about compassion, empathy and trust. At the end of the day, whether you’re listening to me speak or having a session with me, these three things will make you feel safe and supported – which in turn will help you and the child in your care feel safe and supported.

So yes, I am a clinical psychologist. But I’m never cold (that word ‘clinical’ can feel that way). I welcome concerns, worries and struggles with warmth, respect and kindness.

Together, we can strengthen the relationships that matter the most, nurture mental health, and support neurodiversity. These are the pillars of wellbeing.

“I think of you many times every day …. What would Bettina say? And since working with you things have completely changed in our household.”

Specialist in the teenage brain

Most people will agree that adolescence is a turbulent time. Emotions are high while teens are driven to try new things, spend time with friends and stand up to the adults in their lives.  It can be challenging, and teens are vulnerable, but if you understand what’s going on you soon see that the opportunity to build an incredible brain is huge.

As a clinical psychologist, I have an academic focus and keen passion & interest in teenagers – their mental health, wellbeing and the neuroscience that underpins what’s happening with each individual.

Additional specialisms include:

  • Neurodiversity (Autism, ADHD & dyslexia)
  • Executive Functions
  • Anxiety and other mental health difficulties
  • Parenting struggles

Lead With Connection


At the heart of better mental health is a strong and healthy relationship.


Anybody can do anything in the context of a safe relationship.


The answers to the greatest parenting conundrums are often in our past, not in our kids.


Parenting is hard, as is delving into your struggles. There is only compassion here.


Together, we are stronger and when we create a safe space for parents and their kids to connect, kids thrive

Professional qualifications & experience


Doctorate in Clinical Psychology


PhD in behavioural genetics at University College London (UCL)


1st class honours degree in Psychology at the University of Kent


Honorary position as Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow at UCL


Specialist training in Paediatric Neuropsychology at UCL

  • Trained with the NHS (National Health Service)
  • Worked in the neurodisability team at Great Ormond Street
  • Co-founded Connections in Mind