I offer psychotherapy to children, young people, families and adults as well as supervision.
I work in private practice and the NHS, and have worked at the Tavistock and Portman Clinics for over 15 years. I teach and lecture on various courses in the UK & abroad, lecture internationally, and have published widely in academic journals and have edited sole-authored books.
For over 20 years, I worked at the Tavistock Clinic in London, an internationally renowned NHS Foundation Trust which provides clinical services and trains therapists and other professionals. I have taught on the child psychotherapy and other psychological therapy courses at the Tavistock, and supervised generations of therapists there. I have also led 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 has been 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, 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, for 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, including VIPP, ISTDP, EMDR, Compassion Focused Therapy and Mindfulness. I have worked as a psychotherapist in private practice for over 30 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. For a few years, I was also an Associate Clinical Director at the Tavistock, responsible for a range of clinical services.
I have taught 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 and often delivered talks and trainings internationally, for example in South Africa, Australia, Canada, France, Finland and Iceland.
I can be booked for bespoke and private trainings for organisations, schools, charities and other services via the Sunflower Network's Bespoke Training page.