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M.A. M.Sc. Reg. FTAI
I am an accredited systemic psychotherapist, or ‘family therapist’, registered with FTAI and ICP. I have a background in social work, and hold both an M.Sc. and professional diploma in systemic family psychotherapy. I have worked in mental health for 12 years. For the last 9 years I have been working predominantly with children, young people and families in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.
I work with individuals (children, teenagers & adults), couples and families.
My specialist areas include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, deliberate self harm and family conflict (including parenting & relationship difficulties).
I am also involved in training social workers and other mental health professionals, at degree and postgraduate levels, in therapeutic work with children, young people and families.
About systemic psychotherapy
Systemic psychotherapy is also known as family therapy, although this does not mean that family therapists always work with whole families. Systemic therapists are also trained and experienced in working with individual adults and couples, as well as young people and children.
Systemic psychotherapists work with people in the context of their whole lives. This means considering a person’s life in terms of their relationships, past and present, personal and professional. Family therapists help the person, couple or family to see their situation from different perspectives, creating new understandings and possibilities, and moving towards resolution of the issues that brought them to therapy.
In sessions, the therapist is client-led, and aims to engage the client in conversations that open up alternative stories or descriptions to the ‘stuck’ position the person, couple or family might find themselves in.