Our Therapists

All of our therapists are registered with both our professional body, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT), and members of the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

We have over 30 years’ combined experience in the treatment of speech and language difficulties, in a wide variety of areas from working with children to providing treatment following a stroke, Parkinson’s Disease or other conditions affecting communication.

How can we help?

We offer a wide range of specialist skills in the treatment of developmental speech or language delay/disorder, acquired speech and language difficulties resulting from brain injury (such as stroke) or diseases (such as Parkinson’s Disease).

We would be happy to discuss your specific needs and direct you to the appropriate therapist for a free telephone consultation. Or if you prefer, you can email us for more information.

Joyanne Williamson

Joyanne WilliamsonMy name is Joyanne Williamson and I’m a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist working with children from birth.

I’ve been practising since 1997 when I qualified from University College London with a Bsc Hons. degree in Human Communication (Speech and Language Therapy).

I am also registered with the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists and the Health & Care Professions Council. For ten years I have worked for Brighton and Hove PCT (NHS Trust) across a wide variety of settings and with a vast range, severity and complexity of speech, language and communication difficulties.

These have included a specialist diagnostic nursery, educational settings for children with moderate learning difficulties, complex needs and specific language impairments.

I have also worked in a variety of clinic settings and as part of the Children Centre initiatives across Brighton & Hove. I am used to working in a flexible way using small or large groups, individual sessions and training to aid a child developing their speech, language and communication skills.

Click HERE to see my entry in the Health & Care Professions Council website register.

If you’d like to contact me with any questions or comments, you can email me directly at joyanne@speechsussex.co.uk

Helen Wiggins

Helen WigginsHelen is a fully-qualified Speech and Language Therapist with a long and enjoyable history of working with adults.

I qualified with a Bsc Hons. in Speech and Language Pathology and Therapeutics from the University of Central England, Birmingham. I’m also a fully qualified member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy and also a member of the Health & Care Professions Council.

For the last 20 years I’ve worked mainly around the south coast although I’ve also enjoyed working in major hospitals around the UK and New Zealand.

I’ve built up a breadth of experience and am passionate about delivering a high-quality service to adults who for whatever reason have difficulty communicating.

My special interest is adults with neurolgical illnesses such as Parkinson’s Disease or Stroke. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some special clients and colleagues over the years which has taught me to value my profession.

Click HERE to see my entry in the Health & Care Professions Council website register.

You can email me directly at helen@speechsussex.co.uk

Emily Owens

Emily OwensI am a specialist speech and language therapist and have worked for 12 years in the NHS. I qualified at Manchester University in 1995 and have worked in a variety of educational and medical settings with children of all ages. I’ve worked for 8 years at the specialist I CAN Nursery in Brighton, and was integral in the setting up of this pre-school facility.

In 2004 I gained an MSc from University College London in Human Communication, and I have a strong interest in research in the field of Speech and Language Therapy. I also run training courses for the Charity I CAN, which supports children with speech and language difficulties in education.

I am a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and the association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP).

Click HERE to see my entry in the Health & Care Professions Council website register.

To contact me directly email emily@speechsussex.co.uk

Vanessa Venables

I am a speech & language therapist with fifteen years’ experience of working with adults with communication and swallowing difficulties following stroke, head injury, brain surgery and a range of neurological disorders.

In 1989, I graduated from City University, London, with a BSc Hons in Clinical Communication Studies. Since then I have worked in a variety of hospitals and community settings in Sussex.

I am a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy and the Health & Care Professional Council.

I have a special interest in the treatment of patients with Parkinson’s Disease and am a certified Lee Silverman Vocal Tract Therapist, (LSVT). LSVT is a form of speech therapy which concentrates on “loud voice” only. For further information on evidence for the effectiveness of LSVT please see https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg35/chapter/1-guidance and www.parkinsons.org

I also have a special interest in working with people who have facial weakness as a result of surgery, for example, following the removal of an Acoustic Neuroma or salivary gland tumour. Other causes of facial weakness can be inflammation of the facial nerve following infection, (Bell’s Palsy) or from trauma involving the facial nerve. The main focus on therapy is to improve facial symmetry, speech and swallowing but also to advise on how to improve symmetry with make up, hair and clothing.

I have worked for 12 years at Hurstwood Park, a specialist neurological unit in Haywards Heath. During this time I have been involved in the assessment and management of approximately 100 people with Motor Neurone Disease. The emphasis is on control of symptoms and learning strategies to help maintain effective communication. It is also important to ensure people are given adequate information to make informed choices about eating and drinking as opposed to non-oral feeding alternatives. For further information on these issues please see www.mndassociation.org

For some medical conditions there is no “cure” for either their communication or swallowing difficulties. Nevertheless speech and language therapy can help to improve associated communication and/or swallowing with a view to improving the person’s quality of life, independence and relationships.

You can email me directly at vanessa@speechsussex.co.uk