I am an Experienced Family Therapist and Supervisor with a demonstrated thirty-year history of working in both Health, Social Care and the Independent Sector. I am skilled in providing Family Therapy, Clinical Systemic Supervision, Consultation to individuals and teams, and assessment and interventions in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health. I very much have a collaborative and compassionate approach to my work with both families, supervisees and teams with a focus on relationships. I see communication as a corner stone to difficulties in relationships and to therapeutic change, both individually and within the family/couple/group and team.
I have a particular interest in working with effects of transition and change and the distress that change can sometimes bring. I am interested in people’s lived experiences and how these experiences have helped shape both the present and hopes for the future. I am less influenced by more directive therapeutic approaches and try to work towards enabling self-discovery, self -definition and resolution. I call upon a number of therapeutic theories to inform my practice and the therapeutic alliance. I am also able challenge and be adversarial when needed. In my experience what sense the client/supervisee make of their need for therapy and supervision is central to a successful therapeutic alliance and to the eventual change process in therapy/supervision.
I prefer to work in a way that encourages reflection on the therapeutic/supervisee relationship which means pausing and making time to reflect on how and what is being covered in therapy and supervision is helpful and to evaluate that we are moving in the most helpful direction. I am happy to work with as little or as many family/group members as is helpful, even is this means bringing extended family members and friends to the therapy.