My name is Jo and I am a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist, often referred to as a Family Therapist. This means that I work with families, couples and individuals.
Family Therapy considers that people do not live in isolation. It is concerned with thinking about family and wider relationships, both past and present, and how we communicate.
Family Therapy is effective for working with children, young people and adults where there are emotional, behavioural, mental health and physical health issues. It has an impressive evidence base for both child and adult focussed issues. Family Therapy can also manage the complexities of our modern day lives where there can be more than one issue.
Family Therapy is an approach where I would work alongside your family. By having conversations together and using techniques, I would facilitate each family member’s perspective, consider your strengths, and together generate ideas that can be helpful in creating changes with the worries you are experiencing.
My professional background is within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, (CAMHS), where I have worked for eighteen years, and continue to work there; as part of the Family Therapy team. My professional background before completing my Family Therapy training was as a CAMHS Social Worker, where I worked with families, often having complex backgrounds with safeguarding and mental health issues within the family. I currently work with families where their child / young person has experienced mental health issues. These include issues such as Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Self-harming behaviour, Eating issues, Trauma, Gender dysphoria, and Attachment. I also work with families where there are neurodevelopmental issues such as Autistic Spectrum Condition and Attentional issues.
I have completed level one and two in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy; often referred to as DDP; and practice with these principles in mind.
My work includes meeting with all family members, parent sessions, sibling sessions and individual sessions. I also have experience in working with couples outside of CAMHS where one or both partners have mental health issues.
If you think that a systemic approach would fit with how you wish to think about the worries you are experiencing within your family, then please do get in touch.
List of qualifications and training:
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy – level one and level two
MSc Family Therapy, King’s College London
PGDip Systemic Practice with Couples and Families, Institute of Family Therapy, London
MSW and DipSW, Reading University
BSC(Hons) Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London
I am a member of the Association of Family Therapy and the College for Family, Couple and Systemic Therapy
I am registered with the UKCP and abide by its code of ethics
I am also registered with Social Work England and abide by its code of ethics
My availability at The Eaves is Wednesday mornings for a face to face session. I am able to offer Wednesday afternoon sessions including after school, via video calls, using Skype and Zoom.