I am a registered mental health nurse with over twenty years’ experience within both adult and children’s mental health services. I am also a qualified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist.
Since 2004 I have worked with Looked After and Adopted Children and Young People both within the NHS and Children’s Services in a variety of settings. I am passionate about trying to improve the emotional well-being, mental health and life chances of Looked After Children and Young People.
I have completed training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and have received training directly from Dan Hughes and Kim Golding. I have extensive experience of delivering attachment training to Social Workers, Residential Home staff, foster carers and adoptive parents.
As well as working for Aspire I currently work with Care Leavers aged 16-25 offering individual therapeutic intervention as well as training, consultation and support to carers and professionals. I also deliver group therapeutic interventions including psychoeducation around common mental health issues to young people and bonding and attachment for pregnant teenagers. This is a jointly funded NHS/Children’s Services role.
I qualified as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist in 2013 and since then have successfully worked with children and young people (both Looked After and generic populations) with a range of difficulties including phobias, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalised anxiety, social anxiety and separation anxiety.