I have worked with children and families for over thirty years before qualifying as a Psychotherapist. I began my career after I completed my first degree in Psychology at North East London Polytechnic in 1978. After a period of living and working abroad in South America, I then returned to the UK with my family and settled in Bury St Edmunds.
For ten years I worked for different therapeutic communities as a psychodynamic practitioner, director and consultant as well as completing my training as a counsellor at Metanoia.
I then undertook further training after qualifying as a social worker in 1997. I specialised in child protection, children in need and children cared for outside their families. This direct work with children, their families and carers has shaped my generic skills and helped me to understand the unique nature of each family, especially at points of crisis, and when relationship difficulties are happening. My experience with those adults and children suffering from underlying trauma requires a range of skills and depth of understanding especially when this is felt to be catastrophic.
Later on, I qualified as a practice teacher and developed my foundations in systemic family work. More recently I have worked for CAHMS as a clinical practitioner where I gained important skills in clinical assessments and working as part of a clinical team along with delivering treatment for children and adolescents experiencing serious mental health problems including depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, grief, and difficulties following trauma.
Currently, I work privately for the Apricot Well-being service as a child and adolescent Psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. I have accrued more than nine hundred hours of supervised clinical one to one work with children and adolescents, family work and parent-child work.