Yvalia is a registered Social Worker who previously worked in child protection and education welfare in boroughs across East and South West London. She was the founding Programme Director of the Frontline Social Work programme and now leads the BA (Hons) Working With Children & Young People: Social Pedagogy degree at Kingston University.

Yvalia specialises in trauma and attachment and is a qualified Practice Educator and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority. She has written for the Guardian Social Care, Community Care, and Jessica Kingsley Publishers, and is an Associate of the Attachment and Relationship Based Practice programme, directed by Professor David Shemmings OBE.