I am a highly specialist Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist with over 16 years experience of working therapeutically with children, young people and families. For the past ten years I have worked in NHS CAMHS services as a psychotherapist, and continue to do so. I trained at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and am accredited with the Association of Child Psychotherapists, the professional body for child therapists in the UK. The doctoral training is highly specialist, rigorous and a minimum of six years.
My therapeutic approach is influenced by child development research, psychoanalysis and attachment theory. I am also trained in offering Story Stem Assessment and Children’s Accelerated Trauma Therapy. My NHS experience has equipped me with a large number of approaches to treat a variety of problems.
I am experienced in treating a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. I provide a variety of support such as consultation and assessment in addition to brief, medium and long-term therapy. I offer individual child and parent sessions in addition to family work. Throughout my career I have offered teaching, training and consultation to a wide range of professionals.
I have a special interest in adoption and Looked After Children and have undertaken research about supervised contact for children in care. I am a registered therapist with a number of local authorities and provide therapy through the Post Adoption Fund.
I am an approachable and creative therapist and aim to create a safe space where complex feelings can be understood.
Training, qualifications & experience
2015: Professional Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust)
2011: Postgraduate Diploma in Psychoanalytic Infant Observation (The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust)
2006: Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies (Kent University)
2005: Social Psychology BSC Hons (Loughborough University)
Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP)
The ACP is the registering body for NHS trained Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists. ACP members undergo a minimum 6 year training; two years at Masters level then 4 years full-time clinical in the NHS qualifying in a Doctorate Level course. Full members are able to work with neonates, mothers & babies, parents & toddlers, primary school age children & adolescents. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a special interest in working with issues related to adoption and am registered as an approved therapist with a number of local authorities.
Fees vary depending on location. Please contact me for details.
I work in Hythe, Kent.
I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to discuss whether it’s worth meeting for an initial session and to answer any questions you may have.