Responsible for the overall operational and clinical running of the service, along with the Director of Finance, I am responsible for budgetary control, strategy and planning as well as the development, supervision and management of the Aspire team.
I started my career and passion for working with looked after children as a residential worker at a residential school in Aberdeen in 2003. After qualifying as a clinical psychologist in 2010, I have continued my passion for working with LAC and spent several years working in looked after children services, both within the NHS and private sector. During my time in the NHS I worked within the County Durham Local Authority Treatment Foster Care Programme before moving to take over the role of Clinical Lead within Darlington CAMHS. I then took up the post of Clinical Director within a national independent agency, working across fostering and residential services and taking the lead on service development and evaluation, design and implementation of the clinical services programme, management of a team of clinicians and chairing of care governance meetings within the company.
Throughout my many roles I have gained experience of and an interest in working with children and young people with highly complex social, emotional, behavioural and mental health needs; in particular those who are looked after and adopted and who have experienced significant trauma and attachment related difficulties. I am passionate about supporting and developing the knowledge and skills of those who care for children and young people with attachment difficulties through training and consultation as well as providing therapy for the young people. I believe in a whole system approach and the importance of promoting positive, nurturing attachment relationships between young people and their carers to support the young person in recovering from their trauma.
I have received training in a number of therapeutic models including EMDR, CBT, DBT and play therapy but have a special interest in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Attachment Focused Therapy and using horses to support people who struggle with traditional talking therapies.
I am trained to level 2 in DDP, level 3 in EMDR and am a certified EAGALA practitioner.