I am a Systemic Family Therapist and a Doctor in Psychotherapy (my thesis was on the treatment of anorexia in family therapy).  For nine years I was the Senior Family Therapist in the Kent and Medway Eating Disorders Service.  I recently left the NHS to pursue other interests, having spent the last eighteen months training Kent NHS colleagues to increase family inclusion in mental health treatment.  Prior to working in the NHS, I trained as a couples therapist and was a manager, counsellor and clinical supervisor for Relate. As well as having a small private practice (specialising in family and couples therapy and eating disorders) I am a Director of the Association for Family Therapy and recently became a Trustee for Dandelion Time, a small Kent based charity that works with children who have suffered abuse and trauma.  I also deliver training in family therapy and clinical supervision for various specialist training organisations. My extensive experience in working with families where there is an eating disorder has left me with a passion for assisting, where I can, with this most complex of difficulties.  Family members often feel distanced from each other in a way that, rather than assisting recovery, inadvertently seems to add to the difficulty.  Everyone gets caught in a trap of €œcan't do right for doing wrong€, in which good intention becomes distorted by the eating disorder.  In my experience, (and the substantial evidence base for encouraging family work in eating disorders) collaborative working with everyone (the person directly attacked by the eating disorder and their family) can significantly contribute to the possibilities of life being different.  Family therapy often works best in conjunction with individual counselling for the person directly affected by the eating disorder. 

Referral Criteria & Process

Self refer. An initial phone conversation is encouraged so that we can decide together whether I might be of some assistance.

Qualifications

Doctorate in Psychotherapy, Birkbeck College, University of London, awarded January, 2016. Advanced Diploma in Systemic Psychotherapy Supervision, Institute of Family Therapy, awarded 2014. €‹MSc in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy, Birkbeck College, University of London, awarded 2008. €‹Association for Family Therapy Accredited Intermediate Level, Prudence Skynner Family Therapy Clinic, Springfield Hospital, awarded 2006 Certificate in Clinical Supervision, Relate Institute, awarded 2006 Post Graduate Diploma in Couples Therapy, University of East London, awarded 2005 Certificate in Marital and Couples Counselling, Relate Institute, awarded 2003

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Last Updated: 20/02/2018
Availability: Variable
Age Groups: (0-15) (16-18) (19-25) (25+)
14 to Older Adults
Fees: Yes
I charge £80 for a sixty minute session
Categories
Types of Support:
Face to face
Specialisms:
Anorexia
Obesity
Self esteem
Types of Service:
Private Practitioner
Types of Treatment:
Family Therapy