Family and Systemic Psychotherapy (often shortened to Family Therapy) helps people in relationships to help each other. We all experience difficulties in life and Family Therapists believe that these can often be connected to the relationships we are having, but crucially that the relationships we have can also be a tremendous resource. Family and Systemic Psychotherapy helps to open up the problem and understand it from different perspectives, share ideas for ways forward and build towards positive and lasting change that is supported by the whole family or system. We therefore often see two or more people in each session, but can also work with individuals.
I provide Family and Systemic Psychotherapy for families, couples and individuals. I qualified as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist in 2012, having completed my MSc at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London.
I work in the NHS in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in South Wales. I predominantly work in the Eating Disorders Team, recognising the impact that Eating Disorders have on families and the resource that families can bring to supporting a child or adolescent back to health. I also work into the Crisis Outreach Team, where families can be experiencing a range of mental health difficulties including low mood, depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal ideation.
I also work independently with families, individuals and couples who feel it may be helpful to explore some of the relationships that are important to them and to understand how they would like their relationships to be moving forwards. I work virtually and pre-COVID I worked out of a therapy space in Cardiff, on Newport Road, and was able to travel to family homes.
Before I trained as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist, I trained and worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in neurology services. I worked with families affected by stroke, traumatic brain injury and progressive neurological conditions, whose communication and cognitive difficulties affected the ways in which they were able to communicate together. Through this work I became very interested in the impact on the relationships in these families and what I could do to support them. I worked as a Speech and Language Therapist for 15 years and whilst I no longer practice in this area, I bring these skills to the work I do with families who are experiencing illness and its effects upon their relationships.
I am a qualified and registered Family and Systemic Psychotherapist, with the following Core Qualifications and Registrations:
MSc in Family Therapy
BSc in Speech Sciences
Member of the Association of Family Therapy
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.