Training, Supervision and Consultation
I have worked in the NHS and in private practice for 39 years. I am former Trust Head of Systemic Psychotherapy at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, where I continue to work as a clinician and trainer. I started my career in learning disabilities, adult mental health and primary care and moving into working with children and families. I carried out my PhD research into organisational change in hospitals. I explored the effect of staff training and organisational interventions in long stay hospitals for people with learning disabilities from an ecological and systemic perspective. This led to an ongoing commitment to staff training and I remain passionate about finding ways to honour the individual and resist institutional practices. I completed my systemic training at the KCC Foundation where I worked as a tutor for many years and latterly as Co-Director. I work with individuals and families using a narrative and systemic approach which appreciates and values peoples' resourcefulness and resilience in the face of challenges whilst and respecting and acknowledging their social and cultural contexts.
I coach, train and supervise health and social care professionals across a wide range of settings and client groups, working with children, families, couples, work groups, organisations and communities using an appreciative approach. I am excited by working at the interface between therapy, community and organisational interventions, action research and social justice and believe that working " at the edges" inspires creativity and opens space for hope. My interests include narrative approaches, social constructionism and liberation psychology, discourses in training and supervision, reflexivity and positioning, art, music, mindfulness and my two cats.
I am available for ongoing professional supervision, for one off or a series of consultations and to deliver a wide range of workshops and bespoke training in the voluntary, social care and health sectors.