I am passionately committed to the delivery of excellent therapeutic services to couples, children, young people and their families. As an accredited Systemic Family Psychotherapist (UKCP), with over 20 years’ of experience working within the mental health service; originally as a mental health nurse and then Systemic Family Psychotherapist, I currently work as Lead Family Therapist at a regional adolescent in-patient unit and hold a number of posts at the University of Exeter. I am lecturer on the MSc in Psychological Therapies and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programmes and Academic Lead for the Systemic Family Practice Child IAPT programme. I also am Programme Lead for the Family Intervention for Psychosis Programme, the newly accredited Systemic Supervision Course and the South West CAMHS Inpatient Training Programme. I have expertise in delivering specialist evidence based treatments for children and young people and in delivering whole-team training for Specialist Eating Disorder CAMHS teams.
I use an integrative creative approach and have co-developed and manualised a model of couple therapy in an innovative research-based couple clinic at the Mood Disorders Centre, Exeter University. This intensive clinical training, known as the Exeter Model, was developed and rolled out nationally. In 2014, I started a Doctorate in Clinical Practice exploring and researching service delivery and notions of ‘home’ within an inpatient CAMHS context, due for completion in 2019. As a UKCP registered supervisor with the Association of Family Therapy, I offer systemic creative supervision to groups and individuals. I regularly present and train nationally, am an Associate Editor for the Journal of Family Therapy and past External Examiner for the Institute of Psychiatry. I have published on the Exeter Model, integrative practice, creative approaches in supervision, religion and family therapy, training in psychosis and inpatient family therapy. Most recently, I have contributed to a BBC 3 documentary about family therapy, broadcast in January 2019.