I am a systemic psychotherapist. That means that I am trained to work with individuals, couples, families and groups. I am interested in helping people manage personal difficulties and also challenges in their relationships at home, at work and in the wider community. I am a specialist in Non-violent Resistance (NVR) an approach which helps parents whose children are showing violent and self destructive behaviour.
I am an approved systemic supervisor.
I can provide individual and group supervision. In addition, I have experience of teaching and supervising at masters and doctoral level.
My pronouns are ‘she’, ‘her’, ‘hers’.
I have worked in a range of residential, social work and health settings. Residential settings include: a Home Office approved bail hostel for women, a residential home for looked after children and a psychiatric in-patient unit for adolescents. Social work and health settings include: a children’s social work team, managing a hospital social work team, managing a community care team, and developing HIV services. I worked for eleven years as principal family therapist in a child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS).Special interests
I created and co led the first NVR group programme in partnership with colleagues in Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. Elisabeth Heismann and I co-authored the NVR groupwork manual Non-violent Resistance Programme published by Pavilion in 2010. I chose to make the NVR group programme the subject of my doctoral research and was awarded my degree by the University of Bedfordshire in 2015. Along with Dr Julia Jude and Elisabeth Heismann I have edited a new book called Non-violent Resistance Innovations in Practice.
Since I retired from full time employment in the NHS I have developed a portfolio career. I teach and supervise on the Professional Doctorate in Systemic Practice at the University of Bedfordshire and the Systemic Supervision course at the Tavistock, I am a deputy editor of Murmurations: Journal of Transformative Systemic Practice. I am involved in Public and Patient Involvement initiatives around cancer, and I maintain a small private therapy and supervision practice.
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.