My Story

I have undertaken extensive trainings as both an adult and a child and adolescent psychotherapist.  I work with adults and parents in private practice and with children and adolescents primarily in the NHS.

Professional background

I have worked at the Tavistock Clinic in London for over a decade, an internationally renowned NHS  Foundation Trust which provides clinical services and trains therapists and other professionals.  I teach on the child psychotherapy and other psychological therapy courses at the Tavistock, and supervises therapists there.  I also lead on training in child development, neuroscience and attachment theory, and have a particular interest in linking cutting-edge developmental findings with therapeutic practice.  My clinical work in the NHS is primarily with issues of trauma and the effect of maltreatment on children as well as on the families and other adults in the lives of such children.

After having  done a variety of jobs and activities in my early adulthood, including buying and selling antiques, working in housing advice, community support services and various adventures, in the late 1980s I trained as a humanistic and integrative adult psychotherapist, a year with IPSS and 4 years with the Minster centre in London.  I then went on to train in psychoanalytic observational studies for a further 3 years at the Tavistock before undertaking the four year Tavistock training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with children, young people and parents.

In addition, I have trained in a variety of other ways of delivering therapeutic work, most recently in Mindfulness.  I have worked as a psychotherapist in private practice for over 25 years, and also in a variety of voluntary and statutory sector settings.  These include Open Door, a psychotherapy service for young people in North London, GP Practices including Stamford Hill Group Practice, and for NHS Child mental health services in Enfield and also in Redbridge and Waltham Forest.  A passion of mine has been developing new services for children and young people, for example in over 35 schools in Camden and East London and setting up Hear and Now, a counselling service for young people in Redbridge working in community locations as part of the local NHS Mental Health Trust.  Until recently, I was an Associate Clinical Director at the Tavistock, responsible for a range of clinical services.

I also teach on a range of other courses and psychotherapy trainings in Britain and abroad, for example in Bologna, Istanbul and for 12 years, in Palermo, Sicily.

Positions held

2012-present

Consultant Forensic Psychotherapist

Portman Clinic

2001-2012

Lead Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Tavistock and Portman Trust, Fostering and Adoption team

2001-present

Trainer, supervisor and lecturer

Tavistock Centre

Developing a range of new courses and training initiatives eg M (Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Children, Young people and Families), revamping child development research lecture series, developing new workshops on working with trauma, clinical implications of attachment, neuroscience developmental science.

2008-2010

Associate Clinical Director

Child and Family Department, Tavistock Centre

Responsible for £4.5m budget and managing services involved in working with the aftermath of trauma and abuse.

2003-2008

CAMHS Co-ordinator

Camden Primary Care Trust

Developing and managing therapy services into all secondary ages schools in Camden for work in education.

2001-2004

TOPS (Tavistock Outreach Service into schools)

Founded and developed.

2000-2003

Hear and Now, adolescent therapy service

North East London Mental Health Trust

Founded and developed. Service seeing over 700 referrals within a year, working across multiple sites and between agencies.

1999-2001

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Redbridge Healthcare Trust

1996-2000

Trainee Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Enfield Community Care Trust

1993-1996

Counselling and psychotherapy with adults, couples, parents and adolescents

Stamford Hill Group Practice

1994-1996

Psychotherapy with young people

Open Door, Crouch End

1994-1996

Child sexual abuse project (co-running groups)

Tavistock Clinic

1992-1994

Individual/Group therapeutic work with children, adults and families

Monroe Young Family Centre

1990-1992

Therapeutic work with under 5’s and their parents

National Children’s Homes, Springfield Family Centre, Wandsworth

1989-1990

Residential work with adolescents in care

Adolescent Unit, Highbury, London Borough of Islington N5

1987-1990

Play-therapy with children

Childrens Hours Trust, Wallace House, London N7

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