Adoption Support Therapist
MSc in Social Work, Post Qualifying Award in Social Work, Non Violent Resistance (NVR) Foundation, Advanced and Advanced Certificate in NVR Practice, Dyadic Development Psychotherapy (DDP) Level 1 and Level 2, Multi Systemic Therapy (MST) Therapist and Theraplay® Level 1.
Memberships: Social Work England registered; BASW
CV & DBS number available on request
I joined the Therapeutic Services Team as an Adoption Support Therapist in December 2017. I use a range of therapeutic techniques when supporting families including: DDP and NVR, as well as drawing upon ideas from my previous significant experience as a Multi Systemic Therapist.
I have a strong understanding of the traumas and challenges faced by adopted children and adopters, having worked with children within their birth families during all levels of child care involvement, including through care proceedings and their journeys as looked after children within the care system. I have extensive experience of working with children who communicate their distress and needs in complex and often misunderstood ways, including through violence, aggression and controlling behaviours. I prioritise supporting parents and the wider network of extended family and professionals in managing and responding to these behaviours, whilst also looking after their own emotional wellbeing.