About Me


I have been working as a family therapist since 1997, seeing individuals, couples and families privately and in the NHS

I have worked in a variety of professional contexts, including the NHS, schools, social care, and Relate, and have extensive knowledge of working in NHS mental health services. 

I worked as a mental health nurse in Sussex and London before training as a systemic/family psychotherapist in 1994, and have always had an interest in families and how they operate.

I worked as a highly specialised family psychotherapist since 2005 in Sussex CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) and as a lead family psychotherapist since 2017 in a CAMHS London borough.  

I have worked with people managing a wide range of psychological distress, including relationship difficulties, loss and bereavement, health problems in children and adults, managing stress and anxiety, self-harming behaviours, eating disorders, psychosis and ‘schizophrenia’, and school refusal.

I have co-led a Foundation course, called Family Interventions for Adults, for a local NHS Trust for the last eight years, and am also a Visiting Teaching Fellow of Surrey University.  I have taught half-day and whole-day teaching days on a variety of mental health themes for universities, NHS Trusts and independently.      

How I Work

I am a systemic psychotherapist, which means my focus is on relationships.  I also work collaboratively, which means I see therapy as a partnership in which we work together at overcoming difficulties and highlighting resources.  I am experienced at holding a safe space for groups of people to talk together about difficult issues.      

After I have spoken with you on the phone about your concerns, I usually offer you an appointment to talk about how we might work together.  Sometimes the whole family will come, if it is a family issue, sometimes just one person.  If you’re a couple, I like to meet both of you together.  I might also suggest individual sessions within a series of family meetings.

At the first session, we’ll work out together how often to meet and what you most need.  A session will last one hour.  Sometimes I meet with people two or three times, and that is enough to create the shift that people are looking for; other times I might work with people for a year or more.

Qualifications

  • 2015 Maudsley Model training in working systemically with families with anorexia nervosa (Maudsley, London)
  • 2014 Exploring the Dynamics of Attachment in Adult Life (Una McCluskey, London)
  • 2012 Advanced Diploma in Systemic Supervision (Institute of Family Therapy, London)
  • 1994 Diploma in Systemic Therapy (Kensington Consultation Centre, London)
  • 1992 Certificate in Family Therapy (Institute of Family Therapy, London)
  • 1990 Registered Mental Nurse (RMN) (Haywards Heath, Sussex) 

 

Professional Ethics

I have been UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) registered since 1997 (00980375) and am bound by their Code of Ethics.    I am also on their Children and Young People register, which means I am trained to work with this age group. 

I have indemnity insurance. 

I am a member of the Association of Family Therapy (AFT), and am registered with AFT as a family/systemic psychotherapist and systemic supervisor.  I was one of the founding members of the Sussex branch of AFT, and was Chair of Sussex AFT from 2013 to 2018.