I am an experienced Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist specialising in work with complex trauma; including recovery from childhood sexual abuse, traumatic grief, attachment and trauma work. I work collaboratively with children, young people and their families and integrate creative and play-based approaches into therapy, often working with parents and children together, as well as offering individual adult/child and family work. In addition to my core clinical training, I am trained in a number of specific trauma and attachment focused therapies, including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) - a powerful therapy for processing intrusive trauma memories; DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) - an attachment based therapy for parents and children/young people; Theraplay - a playful attachment based therapy; and NVR (Non-Violent Resistance Therapeutic Parenting). I can also offer specialist assessments of attachment and caregiving, including the Child Attachment and Play Assessment and the Meaning of the Child parental interview.
I am warm and approachable and have worked in pioneering third sector services with vulnerable children and young people for over twenty years. During this time, I have come to specialise in work with children and young people who have experienced significant sexual abuse and developmental trauma including clinical leadership of two specialist attachment and trauma services from 2018 - 2023. I am based in Leeds and offer private therapy, consultation and supervision to families and professionals.
Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.