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MSc ST, PDP, DipSw

About me

I am a Systemic Child and Family Psychotherapist and have over 27 years practice experience within Child and Adolescent Mental Health. My current client base includes children, young people, older people, whole families, couples and individuals.

I undertake individual, couple and family therapy. I work with whole family systems using systemic ideas and practice that enables family members to interact with their own dominant ideologies or discourses about what family life should be like and how they have constructed their own variation of family life. I aim to enable people to gain an observer perspective on their own life and functioning so that they can improve their relationships, reduce destructive patterns and gain confidence as they become the master of their own lives.

I work with varied levels of complexities which includes:

* parental or family discord including parental alienation

* relationship issues

* family issues such as affairs, betrayals, separation and divorce or child related issues

* helping individuals and families to manage the after effect of separation and divorce

* low mood

* depression

* feeling sad

* low self-esteem

* anxiety

* childhood bullying

* rehabilitation work after a period of separation

* parent-infant work - difficulties with bonding and post-natal depression

* after-effects of experiencing a traumatic event

* coping with the after effects of physical or sexual abuse

* challenging behaviours in children and adolescents

* individual tailor made parenting using principles of Webster-Stratton and Tripple P

* high stress levels/work related stress

* Spirituality

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Qualifications

1983-1985 City & East London - College Preliminary Certificate in Social Care

1991-1992 Bromley College - In-Service Course in Social Care

1992-1994 Bromley College/Greenwich University - Diploma in Social Work (DipSw)

1996-1997 Christ Church University - Practice Teachers Award

1999-2003 Kensington Consultation Centre (KCC)/Bedfordshire University - MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy (MSc ST)

2009 – 2012 Anna Freud Centre/ University College London (UCL) - MSc in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology (PDP)

Other Relevant

2000 - Institute of Psychiatry, Maudsley Hospital - Webster Stratton Parent Training Programme


I have over 27 years experience of working with children and families where there are risks of a child protection nature, namely concerns of harm from self or others or where there is risk to others. During this time I qualified and have worked as a social worker for 10 years, mainly in child protection before re-training as a Systemic Child and Family Psychotherapist.

As part of my current mainstream work I undertake court assessments where there are concerns regarding risk to children as identified by social care. Assessing child, family, environmental, risk and resilience factors are all important features that contribute to the overall assessment process and feeds into making sound judgements and recommendations to the court. I also work therapeutically with families where there are issues of ‘parental alienation’ and disputes over contact and residence alongside offering mainstream family therapy. My current role also includes being an academic tutor on a Postgraduate programme for UCL.

From 2009 - 2012 I undertook a further MSc in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology. This course enabled me to gain insight into child development through a psychoanalytic lens and further enhances my work with children and families.

I have worked with mothers and infants in parent-infant. I have facilitated a parent-infant group, which I set up and ran for 3 years. The aim of this group was to promote positive bonding and attachment between the parent-infant dyad. I worked with the mothers by thinking with them about their journey from pre-birth and conception through to birth and up to one year of age.

I have facilitated the Webster-Stratton parenting group over a three year period and have also ran triple P parenting groups and multi-family groups over the 10 year period.

I also hold particular expertise in running and managing groups i.e. the sharing of information, group discussion, demonstration, role play, reflection, etc. In addition to this my supervisory experience includes working as a Deputy Team Manager within a CAMHS team, I've acted a a practice placement supervisor and have supervised less experienced staff, both in a formal and informal way. I have also delivered many training groups where there is a particular need in balancing and managing information from the group with sensitivity.

I have worked as an academic tutor delivering Postgraduate training in systemic therapy for KCL for 8 years and currently hold an academic tutor role with UCL on another clinical based training.

I have had a supervisory role over the years. I worked as a Deputy Team Manager, acted a a practice placement supervisor and have supervised less experienced staff, both in a formal and informal way.

Getting Started

The first stage is to call or e-mail, which initiates your request.

We will then have a conversation about what you think the problem is and what you want to achieve from the therapy.

If your happy to continue, we can then set up the first session. This session will be for anyone or all family members who would like to be involved in the therapy or who has a voice about what is going on and would like to express their thoughts and ideas.

We will then set goals and think about how you will know our work is helpful.

We will also agree upon the frequency of appointments, such as weekly, fortnightly etc.

Member organisations

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Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Rehabilitation after a period of separation

‘Keep safe’ work after a disclosure of being sexually abused

Supervised contact

contact and Residence disputes Where a child is or considered to be ailenated from one parent

Photos & videos


Additional information

Individual (child, adolescent or adult) - £120

Couple - £120

Family - £120 (an additional price will be negotiated for more than 4 family members)

When I work

I can offer flexible working hours. Please call 07930393464 or e-mail for a friendly chat to find out more. No question is too silly to ask!

Further information

please call 07930393464 or e-mail for a friendly chat to find out more. No question is too silly to ask!

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults