07930393464 / 07930393464
I am a Systemic Child and Family Psychotherapist. My current client base includes children, 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 offering which includes:
* parental or family discord
* helping individuals and families to manage the after effect of separation and divorce
* low mood and depression
* rehabilitation work after a period of separation
* parent-infant work - difficulties with bonding and post-natal depression
* after-effects of experiencing a traumatic event
* challenging behaviours in children and adolescents
* individual tailor made parenting using principles of Webster-Stratton and Tripple P
Training, qualifications & experience
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
1996-1997 Christ Church University - Practice Teachers Award
1999-2003 Kensington Consultation Centre (KCC)/Bedfordshire University - MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy
2009 – 2012 Anna Freud Centre/ University College London (UCL) - MSc in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology
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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Rehabilitation after a period of separation
‘Keep safe’ work after a disclosure of being sexually abused
contact and Residence disputes
Individual (child, adolescent or adult) - £70
Couple - £80
Family - £100 (an additional price will be negotiated for more than 4 family members)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I can offer flexible working hours. Ring to discuss.
Types of client