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Beacon House Psychological Services and Trauma Team

About me

Beacon House is a team of 45 child and adult chartered psychologists, specialist therapists and occupational therapists offering a range of therapeutic services, in addition to a specialist trauma team for children, families and adults.

Services offered include:

- An adult psychology service offering a range of therapies for emotional & mental health problems
- A child & family service offering a range of individual and family therapies for emotional and family problems
- A Specialist trauma team offering effective treatments for the impact of old traumas, including a specialist fostering and adoption team.
- A parenting consultation clinic for parents who would like guidance and support with their baby or child
- Clinical assessments for children to help others understand their emotional needs
- An Educational Psychology Service
- A nutritional therapy service

- An occupational therapy service

The clinical director of Beacon House is Dr Shoshanah Lyons, a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and trauma specialist. Shoshanah has twelve years' experience working for the NHS and ten years in private practice. She has worked extensively with trauma and attachment difficulties including PTSD; complex bereavement; sexual, physical and emotional abuse during childhood; domestic abuse; combat and other frightening events; in addition to relationship difficulties; depression; anxiety and low self-esteem.

The psychologists and therapists at Beacon House all have extensive experience, and offer a number of therapies including:

- Psychodynamic therapy
- Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
- Art Psychotherapy
- Child Psychotherapy
- Solution focussed therapy
- Family Therapy
- Play therapy
- Dyadic developmental psychotherapy (DDP)
- Theraplay
- Video Interaction Guidance (VIG)
- Parent-infant therapy
- Sensori-motor psychotherapy
- Lifespan integration therapy
- Individual based Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

In addition to therapy and parenting consultation, Beacon House provides an Expert Witness service to the Family Courts; offering risk assessments in relation to parenting capacity, and assessments of children's development, attachment and mental health. Consultation, training and supervision about trauma and attachment to Local Authorities and other organisations are also regularly provided.

For more information please visit our website at: www.beaconhouse.org.uk and to make a referral please telephone us on 01444 413 939 or email us at admin@beaconhouse.org.uk

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and qualifications of Dr Lyons:

Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) (2014)

Signs of Safety - a solution focussed approach to child protection risk assessment & intervention (2014)

CARE Index - an evidence-based assessment method of parent/infant interaction (2014)

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy - an attachment focussed therapy for traumatised children and their carers (2013)

Treating early attachment wounds using EMDR (2013)

Story Stem Assessment of Attachment Profiling - Anna Freud Centre (2013)

Recognising the signs of emotional abuse and neglect in attachment, play and relationships at the Anna Freud Centre (2013)

Child Protection Decision Making Training (SAAF) (2012)

Certificate of Expert Witness Accreditation (2009)

EMDR practitioner training with adults and chidlren (2007)

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) (2006)

MSc in Experimental Psychology (2002)

BA in Philosophy (2000)

All psychologists at the Psychology Practice are chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered with the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC).

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Additional information

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Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16

Beacon House Therapeutic Services and Trauma Team, The Old Hospital, Chapelfields, Ardingly Road, Cuckfield, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 5JR

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Additional languages



In person

Supervision available.

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