The Team

Office Team

Ann Cooksley

Referrals Coordinator

Karen Greaney

Accounts Administrator

Lyn Marsh

Team Secretary

Rebecca Robertson

Referrals Coordinator

Louise Silverlock

Occupational Therapy secretary

Management Team

Dr Shoshanah Lyons

Clinical Psychologist │ Clinical Director

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Shoshanah is the Clinical Director and founder of Beacon House and brings to the Service fifteen years’ experience of working with children and adults. Since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist, Shoshanah has undertaken additional therapeutic training in EMDR (a specialist therapy for trauma); solution focussed therapy; Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Video Interaction Guidance. Shoshanah has also undertaken further specialist training in the assessment and treatment of Complex Trauma and Dissociation.

Shoshanah is a specialist in psychological trauma and works with children, families and adults who have been through highly distressing events. She has worked extensively with social services to support families in developing safer parenting; and she has many years’ experience working with foster carers, adoptive parents and Social Workers to support the assessment and treatment of chronically traumatized children. In her clinical work, Shoshanah also specializes in working with adults who have been abused as children.

A key part of her role in Beacon House is to deliver training across Sussex to Schools, Youth Services, Local Authorities and Charities on issues relevant to child mental health and developmental trauma. She delivers regular consultations to Children’s Services on Complex Cases to assist with decision making around care plans and permanency options. In addition to her many years’ experience in offering therapy and consultation, Shoshanah has worked as an independent Expert Witness to the Family Courts since 2008. Here she undertakes comprehensive expert assessments and advises the court where there are complex child protection concerns and repeated patterns of trauma and abuse within families.

Shoshanah often understands people’s difficulties through an ‘attachment lens’ – meaning that how we are in our relationships and within ourselves is influenced by our early experiences of being cared for. Exploring this in therapy can lead to long-lasting growth and change.

As the Clinical Director of Beacon House, Shoshanah is responsible for the smooth running of the service. She works closely with Jayne Hemming, the Service Manager, to oversee and co-ordinate our multiple services including: child & family; adult therapy; fostering, adoption and edge of care; schools project and our provision into West Sussex Youth Offending Services.

Shoshanah has featured as an expert in a number of television documentaries and written for magazines and newspapers on themes of trauma, attachment and child mental health. She is available for comment in the media, and is available for speaking at events relevant to mental health and emotional well-being.

Shoshanah is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL15710) and chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 042977).

Education and Qualifications

  • Mentalization Based Treatment

    Anna Freud Centre, June 2017 (three days)

  • Dissociative Disorders, Phase Oriented Therapy for Complex Trauma-related Disorders

    Dr Suzette Boon, London, 2017 (two days)

  • The EMDR Toolbox: Methods for Treating Complex PTSD & Dissociative Personality Structure

    Jim Knipe, London 2016 (two days)

  • Advanced Attachment-Focussed EMDR for Complex Trauma

    Laurel Parnell, CCPE London (3 days, 2015)

  • Attachment and Psychopathology

    A three day course on the Dynamic Maturational Model of attachment at the Tavistock Clinic, London, by Patricia Crittenden (2014)

  • Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) – Initial Training Course

    An effective intervention for improving the relationship between parents/carers and their children (2014)

  • CARE-Index Assessment – level 3 reliability

    An evidence-based risk assessment of patterns of interaction between infants and their carers based on the Dynamic Maturational Model of attachment (a nine day course completed in July 2014)

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) – Level 1

    An attachment-focussed therapy for traumatised children and their carers. Family Futures, London (2013)

  • Story Stem Attachment Assessment Profile Training

    The Anna Freud Centre, London, (2013)

  • Certificate of Expert Witness Accreditation – Family Law Specialism

    Cardiff University & Bond Solon (2009)

  • EMDR Training – Child Specialism

    Joanne Morris Smith, London (2008)

  • EMDR Training with Adults – Levels 1, 2 and 3

    EMDR Workshops, London (2007 & 2008)

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)

    Royal Holloway, University of London (2003-2006)

  • MSc in Experimental Psychology

    University of Sussex (2001-2002)

  • BA (Hon’s) in Philosophy

    University of Sussex (1997-2000)

Professional Development

  • Tansdiagnostic approach to treating complex trauma

    Dr Tim Dalgleish, London (1 day), April 2016

  • Working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse

    London (1 day), March 2016

  • Advanced seminar on using EMDR to work with grief and loss

    Dr Roger Solomon, EMDR UK and Ireland annual conference (two days, 2015)

  • Introduction to Sensory Attachment Intervention

    Training by Eadouin Bhreathnach, (two days, 2015)

  • Signs of Safety

    A solution-focussed and safety-oriented approach to child protection risk assessment & intervention (2014)

  • Treating early attachment wounds: Somatic Interventions to Enhance the Effectiveness of EMDR

    Training by Lana Epstein, (2013)

  • Recognising signs of emotional abuse and neglect in attachment, play and relationships

    The Anna Freud Centre, London, (2013)

  • Child Protection Decision-Making Training

    (SAAF – a framework for assessing and analysing the risk of future harm and the likelihood of change). Child and Family Training Centre, London (2012)

  • Solution Focussed Therapy with families and individuals

    Brief, London, 2007 and 2008

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Jayne Hemming

Service Manager

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Jayne has been a qualified social worker for more than 25 years. Her practice experience in this role covers children in need, children looked after and working with foster carers and adopters. However her specialist area of work for more than 5 years was as a duty and assessment social worker and particularly the investigation of child protection concerns.

Jayne has been a manager in a range of children’s services settings across the past 20 years including duty and assessment teams, a domestic abuse project, family centres, children’s centres, early years settings and early help initiatives. Her role for the past 4 years has been to develop, manage and lead a local authority therapeutic intervention service which works with parents and carers of children primarily under the age of 12 years. Offering a range of interventions to parents/carers and children who have social care child in need, child protection and court based care plans; the interventions were underpinned by an approach to working with children and their families which was child focused, based in attachment theory and fully considered parental and child relationship trauma, neuro-science/brain development and child development.

Whilst working with families Jayne has developed an increasing sense of the importance of considering and responding to adult mental health needs. She recognises the great benefits of providing joined up and effectively coordinated services for adults to the benefit of whole family networks. Similarly, Jayne is ever mindful of the impact of trauma on adults and has a real interest in supporting adults to find trauma services and therapies that will provides them with meaningful opportunities to repair and heal.

Jayne has a strong commitment to safeguarding and child protection and in her role as Service Manager at Beacon House she is the safeguarding lead and designated child protection officer for the organisation.

Jayne works with families in an open and honest manner and believes in a holistic and multi-agency shared approach to supporting children and their family network to build resilience and address identified difficulties. Jayne believes that the starting point for change is the premise that parents and carers want good outcomes for their children, know their children best and have resources and capacity to address issues if they are given timely support to reflect on how things might be different, what this would look like and what might achieve these aims.

In her role as Service Manager at Beacon House, Jayne works closely with the Clinical Director, Dr Lyons, to coordinate new referrals; oversee and bring together the day to day running of the Beacon House service; coordinate and contribute to the duty cover in respect of urgent enquires and complaints; liaise with members of child networks as a central representative of Beacon House; oversee the running of the Beacon House office; administrative team and premises and support the Beacon House staff team to maintain its provision of high quality and responsive attachment and trauma based interventions.

Jayne is responsible for and passionate about providing a nurturing environment for the users of Beacon House services. With this in mind she aims to maintain premises, facilities and a team response that is always pleasant and welcoming.

Jayne is a social worker registered with the Health Care and Professions Council number – SW79245 and a member of the British Association of Social Workers.

Education and Qualifications

  • BA Honours Degree – Social Administration

    Brighton University – 1986

  • Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW) and Diploma in Applied Social Studies

    Southampton University – 1989

  • Practice Teachers Award

    Southampton University – 1995

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Social Services Management

    Brighton University – 2000

  • WSCC – various supervision, safeguarding/child protection and practice oversight courses

    2000 – 2010

  • WSCC - various internal training in Signs of Safety

    2013 – 2016

  • 2 day Foundation course on Attachment Theory

    Rebecca Carr-Hopkins – 2014

  • WSCC – various internal training courses on working with Attachment and Trauma

    Dr Shoshanah Lyons – 2014 – 2016

  • 3 day – Attachment based Practice with Adults

    Rebecca Carr-Hopkins – 2015

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Dr Kathryn Whyte

Clinical Psychologist, Chichester Team Lead

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Kathryn is a senior Chartered Clinical Psychologist, with 15 years of specialist CAMHS practice. She has extensive experience working with children and young people who have lived through developmental trauma (and who are looked after (CLA) or adopted from care). Alongside working therapeutically with families, one of the aspects of professional practice that Kathryn particularly enjoys and values is developing and delivering therapeutic groups, trainings, conferences and workshops for parents/carers, social workers, teachers and youth workers.

As a Clinical Psychologist Kathryn has been trained in a number of different therapy models. As a child and family practitioner specializing in work with children who have experienced developmental trauma, her focus is often on relationships and attachments as a source of support and resilience for children, young people and families. There is very strong evidence to suggest that growing or strengthening healthy attachment relationships can make a significant difference to children’s thoughts, feelings, behaviour and long term emotional and physical health.

As a child and family psychologist, a parent and school governor, Kathryn knows that children need to feel safe, understood and accepted to start to make changes when things are difficult. Her approach is to be curious about all parts of a child’s life and to accept their interests and passions alongside the things that they, or other people, are finding difficult.

Kathryn’s specialist, post-qualifying experience includes dyadic developmental psychotherapy (DDP), solution focused therapy, sensory attachment interventions, assessing attachment in adults using the Attachment Style Interview (ASI) and most recently eye movement desensitisation and re-processing (EMDR), an evidence based psychotherapeutic treatment for trauma.

Kathryn’s assessments and therapeutic work will always include listening to everyone in the child’s family and network to understand a child’s needs; a focus on relationships across home, school and communities as the milieu for change; thinking about mind, body and brain and an emphasis on restoring strength and stability in the context of what is already going well. In the room with children Kathryn is as likely to play a game, sing a song or draw alongside them as sit and take notes – her priority is to make a relationship that will be the context for change.

Kathryn is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL22226) and chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 84300).

Education and Qualifications

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Levels 1,2,3 (Adults with Child components)

    Richman EMDR Training (8 days, 2013 & 2014)

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Level 2

    Dan Hughes & Kim Golding (4 days, 2012)

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Level 1 (revised and updated)

    Dan Hughes (4 days, 2011)

  • The Attachment Style Interview (ASI) Administration/Accreditation training

    Lifespan Research Group (2006, 4 days)

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Level 1

    Dan Hughes (4 days, 2001)

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (ClinPsyD)

    University of Birmingham (1998- 2001)

  • BSc. Combined Studies: Psychology with Languages

    Manchester Metropolitan University (1993-1996)

Professional Development

  • Multi-agency Safeguarding Training (introduction to the MASH)

    WSCC (1 day, 2015)

  • Level 3 safeguarding for CAMHS (CSE focus)

    SPFT (1 day, 2015)

  • Signs of Safety

    A solution-focussed and safety-oriented approach to child protection risk assessment & intervention (1 day, 2014)

  • Clinical risk assessment for CAMHS

    SPFT (1 day, 2014)

  • Level 3 safeguarding for CAMHS (FII focus)

    SPFT (1 day, 2013)

  • Using the ACC in Clinical Practice

    Michael Tarren-Sweeney (2011, 2 days)

  • Sensory Attachment Interventions Introductory level

    Eadaoin Bhreathnach (2009, 2 Days)

  • Matching Adopters to Children

    WSCC Adoption Team February 2006 (2 days)

  • Solution focused brief therapy Level 1

    Brief Therapy Practice (2003, 4 days)

  • Working Effectively with Children and Young People: combining collaborative child focused family therapy and solution focused approaches.

    Institute if Family Therapy (Matthew Selekman and Jim Wilson) (2002, 3 days)

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Dr Laura France

Clinical Psychologist, Adult Services Team Lead

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Dr Laura France is the Clinical Lead for Adult Services at Beacon House. She also leads the Beacon House provision to the Youth Offending Service across West Sussex. Laura works across the Cuckfield and Chichester clinic sites, in addition to providing outreach services to Residential Care settings for young people in care.

Laura brings to Beacon House ten years’ experience of working in the NHS, the past seven of which have been based in the forensic specialty. In addition to her work for Beacon House, Laura consults to the National Probation Service as part of the National Offender Personality Disorder Pathway.

Laura works with adolescents (13+, and with specialist expertise in care-leavers) and adults. Her main area of expertise is trauma, which includes ‘Developmental Trauma’ in adolescents, and ‘Personality Disorder’ and ‘Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder’ in adults. Laura’s work is divided in to two main categories:

Adolescents and adults in psychological distress:

  • Diagnostic assessment for Personality Disorder.
  • Therapeutic needs assessment and therapeutic intervention for individuals with a diagnosis of Personality Disorder.
  • Assessment and intervention for attachment trauma and developmental trauma in adolescents.
  • Assessment an intervention for Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in adults.

Individuals expressing risky or offending behaviours:

  • Forensic Risk Assessment and Management for adolescents (13+) and adults with psychological disturbance, including violent and sexually violent behaviours.
  • Assessment and therapeutic intervention for high risk behaviours associated with psychological disturbance in adolescents (13+) and adults.
  • Assessment of risk in parents with and the likelihood of harm to children, specifically, mothers with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder, and fathers with criminal convictions.
  • Consultation to Multi-Agency Networks supporting adolescent (13+) and adult offenders – complex cases.
  • Expert Witness services to the Criminal and Family Courts; and to Oral Parole Board Hearings.

Laura’s therapeutic approach is rooted in a detailed understanding of the attachment experiences of the individual. Her treatment model is integrative; primarily Mentalization-Based Therapy, drawing upon Cognitive-Behavioural principles where indicated, and including Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing for the treatment of trauma.

The Recovery Model is at the centre of all of Laura’s work, meaning that her focus is on integrating psychological difficulties in to the individual’s life narrative, and moving forwards towards a life that is safe, and truly meaningful and fulfilling to the individual.

Laura is registered Health and Care Professions Council (No: PYL26452) and is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (No: 162930).

Professional Development

  • EMDR Europe Accredited Training

    Dr Manda Holmshaw, EMDR Extra 2017

  • Attachment and Psychopathology

    Patricia Crittenden, The Tavistock Centre London 2nd December 2016 – 4th December 2016

  • EMDR Europe Accredited Training

    Dr Manda Holmshaw, EMDR Extra 21st February 2017 – 23rd February 2017

  • Attachment and Psychopathology

    Patricia Crittenden, The Tavistock Centre London 2nd December 2016 – 4th December 2016

  • Mentalization-Based Treatment: Basic Training

    The Anna Freud Centre / University College London 11th April 2016 – 13th April 2016

  • Multi-Agency Approaches in the Management of Personality Disordered Offenders

    British Psychological Society, Faculty of Forensic Clinical Psychology October 2015

  • Antisocial: Understanding the development and maintenance of antisocial behaviour

    The Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences at King’s College London June 2014

  • Critical Incident Stress Management

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust December 2013

  • HCR-V3

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust July/August 2013

  • Back to the Future: Psychoanalytic Understanding of the Impact of Traumatic Experience

    The Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust July 2013

  • CBT for Psychosis

    Manchester University, Professor Tony Morrison July 2013

  • Psychodynamic Work with Personality Disorder

    The Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust July 2011

  • Arson: Theory, Assessment and Intervention

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust April 2011

  • Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)

    Ministry of Justice National Offender Management Service April 2011

  • Forensic and Clinical Aspects of Adult Autism

    St Andrews Healthcare March 2011

  • The VRS: Evidence-based, standardised risk assessment, risk reduction and outcome measurement

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust November 2011

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Ruth Stephens

Paediatric Occupational Therapist Team Lead

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Ruth Stephens is an innovative and pioneering Occupational Therapist who leads our specialist OT team. After specialising in working with children since 2004, Ruth now focuses on working with adopted children who have sensory processing and attachment difficulties, providing therapy and support to them and their families.

Ruth has undertaken extensive training courses on Sensory Integration and been trained in the Sensory Attachment Intervention model which focuses on the link between sensory processing and attachment with child and primary care-givers. Her special interest is in working with adopted and looked after children who have difficulties with regulating their sensory and emotional state, believing that sensory processing underpins many other necessary life skills. She has also been trained to level 1 in “Theraplay” ® as well as holding certificates in counselling skills. As an adoptive parent herself and prior to that a foster carer, Ruth brings insight into living with a child who has attachment difficulties. She also has specialist training in working with other important aspects of daily life for children such as feeding and handwriting difficulties.

Ruth has a wide and varied experience working with children at both mainstream and special schools who have sensory processing issues, co-ordination difficulties, as well as ADHD and Autism. She is equipped to work with all ages and varying levels of ability, providing assessment and on-going individual and group therapy and values working in a multi- disciplinary team. Ruth has wide experience in carrying out assessments for SEN tribunals.

Ruth has worked at a well-known children’s practice in central London and has also worked as an OT at Child Development Centres in Crawley and West Kent as well as a number of special schools. Prior to Managing the OT service at Beacon House, Ruth has developed and run her own company: Optima therapy, which provided a service to several local special schools, mainstream schools, adoption agencies and individuals. Ruth has helped with and taken a team to assist a charity which provides support and special education to an orphan care project in Romania

Ruth has been practicing as an HCPC registered OT since qualifying in 1985, initially working with adults in almost all specialties of Occupational Therapy besides having a break to raise her family.

Education and qualifications:

  • Sensory Attachment Intervention Module two

    Working towards SAI Accreditation - 2017

  • Sensory Integration Module 3

    Western Psychological Services - 2015

  • Theraplay ® Level 1

    Post Adoption Centre - 2014

  • Sensory Integration Module 2

    Western Psychological Services - 2014

  • Sensory Integration Module 1

    University of Ulster: 30 Masters Credits - 2013

  • Sensory Attachment Intervention Module 1

    2013

  • Certificate in Counselling skills

    Open College Network - 2008

  • Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapy

    Nothumbria University - 1985

Continuing Professional Development includes:

  • SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory)

    Feeding approach - 2016

  • Attachment and Psychopathology

    Dr P Crittenden - 3 day training - 2016

  • Just Right State Course

    Sensory Attachment Intervention - 2015

  • Handwriting Without Tears

    2014

  • Treatment of children with handwriting difficulties

    Sidney Chu - 2010

  • Jump Ahead training - a specialist school based therapy led intervention programme for children with DCD

    West Sussex County Council - 2006

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Clinical Team

Dr Holly Tonge

Clinical Psychologist

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Holly is a warm and dedicated Clinical Psychologist who brings to Beacon House over ten year’s experience of working in mental health services across the life span. Holly seeks to work collaboratively with individuals and families to understand their psychological needs and support them to bring about positive change.

Holly has spent a significant proportion of her career working with children, young people and their families in various settings including general Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHSs), a community learning disability team, an adolescent inpatient unit, the National and Specialist CAMHS Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) clinic, and a children’s ward of a specialist hospital providing reconstructive surgery and burns care.

During her time at the OCD clinic, Holly provided training to fellow mental health professionals and collaborated with the national charity, OCD Action, to develop information packs for schools, parents and young people. She also contributed to regular webinars that aimed to provide information and support to parents.

Holly also values the opportunity to work with adults and has previously done so in a number of contexts including a general Assessment and Treatment Service, a memory clinic and a trauma service.

Holly is particularly interested in supporting individuals with various anxiety problems such as:

• OCD
• social anxiety
• health anxiety
• phobias
• panic

In addition, she has a special interest in working with children and adults who have suffered trauma.

Holly has been trained in a range of assessment and therapeutic techniques, however her primary approaches include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and EMDR (Eye Movement Densitisation and Reprocessing).

Holly is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL23966) and chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 138524).

Education and Qualifications

  • EMDR with children and adolescents Part 2

    with Joanne Morris-Smith, May 2016

  • EMDR with children and adolescents, Part 1

    Dr Kamala-Maria Mueller, January 2016

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)

    University of Oxford (2006-2009)

  • MSc in Occupational Psychology

    University of Sheffield (2000-2001)

  • BSc Hons in Psychology

    University of Sheffield (1996-1999)

Professional Development

  • EMDR Parts1 -4

    EMDR Works (January-July 2015)

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

    Psychology Sussex (2012)

  • CBT for treatment resistant OCD

    Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (2012)

  • Psychological interventions for tic disorders

    Great Ormond Street Hospital and Tourettes Action (2011)

  • CBT for complex cases

    Michael Rutter Centre, Maudsley Hospital (2011)

  • CBT for Depression in Young People

    Maudsley Hospital (2010)

  • Introduction to Psychodynamic Approaches

    Tavistock (2009)

Publications

  • Jassi, A., Kolvenbach, S., Heyman, I., Macleod, T, Rose, J. & Diamond, H. (2015).

    Increasing knowledge about obsessive compulsive disorder and support for parents and schools: Evaluation of initiatives. Health Education Journal, 1-10.

  • Krebs G., Isomura K., Lang K., Jassi A., Heyman I., Diamond H., Advani J., Turner C., Mataix-Cols D. (2015).

    How resistant is 'treatment-resistant' obsessive-compulsive disorder in youth? British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 54(1), 63-75.

  • Diamond, H., Llewelyn, S., Relf, M., Bruce, C. (2010)

    Helpful Aspects of Bereavement Support for Adults Following an Expected Death: Volunteers’ and Bereaved People's Perspectives. Death Studies, 36(6), 541-564.

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Candia Slaughter

Paediatric Occupational Therapist

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Candia is an experienced Occupational Therapist specialising in working with children and young people. She has focused her work with clients from extremely challenging backgrounds, who have experienced trauma or neglect, often coupled with additional needs, neurological differences, sensory processing difficulties or learning disabilities. Her prior experience is in the charitable sector; offering therapy in mainstream schools, alternative education units and dedicated centres for vulnerable children and young people.

Candia supports children and young people to achieve their daily and life goals through achievable steps and thought through goals. She works with clients to understand their self-care, leisure and education/work/play strengths and needs, aiming to increase their self-esteem, self-efficacy and simply their enjoyment of the world. She does this work with a deep understanding of the effects of trauma and attachment issues on the everyday life of children and young people.

She also focuses on her clients sensory processing needs. Often the children and young people who has experience trauma are stuck in the freeze, or ‘fight or flight’ mode with adrenalin coursing through them, Candia has experience of addressing their sensory needs to offer regulation and increased stability. She is currently studying Sensory Attachment Intervention, an integrative approach focusing on modulating the body senses that have been aroused through trauma and neglect.

Candia’s other area of experience is working with children and young adults on the Autistic Spectrum. She has recently trained in LEGO®-based therapy, a specialist training for health professionals to support those on the Autistic Spectrum.

Member of:
Registered and regulated by Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Member of British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT) and College of Occupational Therapists (COT)
Member of College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section – Independent Practise (COTSS-IP)

Education and Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Communication Studies with Sociology

    Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge 1997-2000

  • PGdip Occupational Therapy

    University of Brighton 2007-2009

  • MSc Health through Occupation

    University of Brighton 2008-2009

Continued Professional Development

  • Sensory Attachment Intervention Level 1

    Attending February 2017

  • LEGO®-based therapy – improving social communication skills

    Bricks for Autism, endorsed by Cambridge University Autism Research Centre, 2016

  • Train the Trainer

    Accenture 2012

  • Violence and abuse in relationships

    Respect and Kids Company 2012

  • What Matters to every child

    Kids Company 2011

  • Working with those affected by ADHD

    Kids Company, The Studio and Kings College 2011

  • Professional Placement Educators Preparatory course

    University of Brighton 2010

  • Somatic Experiences Techniques

    RAPt 2010

  • Child Protection Awareness; Child Protection Skills; protecting children: developing basic awareness.

    AKAMAS 2009/2010

  • Health and wellbeing in Education, NEC

    Sterling Events2009

  • SAI Module 1

    Working towards module 1 accreditation

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Dr Laetitia Livesey

Clinical Psychologist

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Laetitia is a passionate and enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist who specialises in working with adults. She has over ten years’ experience working in the NHS in both adult mental health services and forensic inpatient and community services. Laetitia provides assessment and therapy and strives to provide a therapeutic space which is respectful, compassionate and safe. Laetitia has spent much of her career working with people who might attract a diagnosis of Personality Disorder and has extensive experience of working with complex problems and high levels of distress. Much of her work is underpinned by attachment theory and focusses on exploring our understanding of our own minds and the minds of others. Laetitia has a special interest in working with clients who are struggling with the after effects of trauma. She draws on a variety of different therapeutic models and techniques including Mentalisation based Treatment, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, Trauma Focussed CBT and Compassion Focussed Therapy.

Laetitia is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL25934) and is chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 190884).

Education and Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

    Salomons: Canterbury Christ Church University, July 2010

  • • Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health (Primary Care)

    London Southbank University, September 2006

  • • BSc. (First Class Hons) in Experimental Psychology

    University of Bristol, June 2005

Professional Development

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Part 1, Richman EMDR Training, 2016
  • Mentalisation Based Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder

    Anthony Bateman & Anna Freud Centre, 2015

  • HCR-20 V3 Risk Assessment Tool,

    Sussex Partnership, 2013

  • PCL-R Psychopathy Assessment Tool

    TIOF,2013

  • Trauma-focussed CBT

    Salomons 2012

  • Neuropsychology CPD day

    Sussex Partnership, 2012

  • Mentalisation Based Treatment for Personality Disorder and Eating Disorder

    Kent and Medway Partnership Trust, 2011

  • Introduction to Psychodynamic Concepts

    A workshop for clinical psychologists, 2010

  • Suicide First Aid

    Greenwich Mind, 2007

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Dr Alison Murfett

Counselling Psychologist

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Alison brings to the Beacon House team twenty years’ experience of working therapeutically with children, families and adults in a wide range of settings. She describes herself as an integrative psychologist and she draws on a variety of therapy approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy; humanistic and psychodynamic ways of thinking and also systemic family approaches. Alison always develops a treatment plan in collaboration with the client, depending on what would work best for that individual.

For the last 15 years Alison has worked in specialist NHS services. Alongside her role at Beacon House she works part time as a Highly Specialist Counselling Psychologist in Specialist CAMHS, a service for children and adolescents who have complex emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties. In this role she offers assessment and therapy; and consultations to GP’s, Psychiatrists and other members of the team. Within her NHS role Alison also supervises Doctoral Level Clinical and Counselling Psychologists and other professionals such as Social Workers and Counsellors.

Alison has worked in private practice alongside her NHS role for the past eight years. She has extensive experience treating difficulties such as emotional and behavioural problems in children; anxiety, panic and OCD in children and adults and personal development in adults. She has a particular interest in working with individuals who have suffered trauma in their past, and are experiencing PTSD or more complex, long-standing trauma reactions. Alison is very experienced in working with adults who have been abused as children, or who have suffered events such as sexual assault.

Alison has undertaken extensive professional development and additional specialist training since her core training in 2001, with a particular passion for offering cognitive behavioural therapy in creative and dynamic ways to clients of all ages and with a range of emotional difficulties.

Alison is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (membership number 081648); a registered member of the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL17963); and a member of the BABCP. She is also a BABCP supervisor of accredited CBT therapists.

Education and Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology PsychD

    University of Surrey (1998- 2001)

  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)

    Sussex University (1996-1997)

  • Certificate in Counselling Theory and Practice

    Central School of Counselling and Therapy, Oxford (1992 – 1994)

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology and Education

    Oxford Brookes University (1991-1994)

Professional Development

  • EMDR Initial training

    Level One, September 2017

  • Using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with young people who have experienced complex trauma/PTSD

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (one day, 2014)

  • Safeguarding Children – Level 3 training

    Sussex Partnership Trust (one day, 2014)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for the treatment and prevention of Anxiety in Young people

    Professor Stallard, University of Sussex (one day, 2014)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for anxiety in children and young people

    Anna Freud Centre, London (one day, 2012)

  • Modifying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for children on the Autistic Spectrum

    BABCP, London, (one day, 2011)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Supervision/Training for clinicians working with children

    BABCP/ACAMH, London (Two days, 2010)

  • Cognitive Analytical Therapy at Initial Assessment of Self Harm

    ACAMH, London (one day, 2009)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Children and Adolescents

    BABCP/ACAMH, London, (one day, 2009)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with children and Families

    ACAMH, London (one day, 2007)

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Dr Anna Cohen

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

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Anna Cohen has sixteen years’ experience as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. She trained in psychodynamic child and adolescent psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic, London. Anna offers clients a space in which to explore their internal emotional world through talking, playing, creative art and music. Therapy focuses on the client’s underlying patterns of relationship, laid down in early childhood experiences. The goal of therapy is to find more satisfying and rewarding ways of relating to others and developing a positive sense of self worth. She is interested in attachment theory, trauma and neuroscience and recent developments in therapeutic technique.

In addition to her role within Beacon House, Anna works part time in a busy Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, specializing in work with children and young people who have attachment difficulties or who have experienced complex trauma early in life. Most of her clients are in care or are living with family and friends, or are adopted. Anna offers individual psychotherapy to children and young people, but also works therapeutically with child and parent or carer in the room. She is experienced in offering support and advice to parents and carers.

Anna has a particular interest in young people who experience emotional intensity and draws on Mentalisation Based Therapy to help her clients begin to make sense of overwhelming emotions and self-destructive behaviours. Anna is experienced in working with young people with eating disorders. She also values the opportunity to work therapeutically with children and young people with Learning Disabilities and autism.

Anna works independently as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, and offers supervision to other therapists and to therapists in training. She is a reader and examiner on the MA in Integrative Child Psychotherapy at the Institute for the Arts in Therapy and Education and a supervisor for Your Space Therapies in West Sussex.

Anna is registered with the Association of Child Psychotherapists.

Education and Qualifications

  • Mentalisation-based Therapy: Basic Training

    Anna Freud Centre, London, 2010

  • Qualified as Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

    Tavistock Clinic, London, 2004

  • PhD in Social Anthropology

    London School of Economics

  • MSc in Social Anthropology

    London School of Economics, 1984

  • BA Hons (First class) Classics

    University College London, 1981

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Angeline Wallis

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

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Angeline is a psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapist with substantial experience working with parents, children and young people both overseas and in the UK including in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), charity sector and school settings. Angeline has a particular passion and specialism in working with adopted children and their parents, and works creatively and sensitivity with difficulties related to early trauma, disrupted attachment and loss.

In her practice, Angeline considers and works with the analysis of inner conflicts and anxieties for the child; the impacts of emotions on the body and behaviour; the understanding of feelings and emotions, and the containment of the therapeutic relationship. Angeline often works with parents as a key part of the therapeutic process, particularly when one goals of the work is to promote the child’s secure attachment with his or her parents or carers.

Angeline’s approach is based on examining, within the supportive therapeutic relationship, the child or young person’s internal conflicts and anxiety conveyed through their behaviour in order to understand their emotional suffering and to name their feelings. At the core of her practice is a profound interest in supporting the child or young person to develop a better understanding of their difficulties, and learn a healthier and authentic way to relate to themselves and others.
Angeline is accredited by the Association of Child Psychotherapists (www.childpsychotherapy.org.uk) and is a member of
The Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP); The Independent Psychoanalytic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists Association (IPCAPA); The British Jungian Analytic Association (BJAA) and The British Psychotherapy Foundation (BPF).

Education and qualifications

  • Clinical training in child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapy Independent school of psychoanalytic child and Adolescent psychotherapy British Psychotherapy Foundation

    London 2014

  • Masters of Science degree- Psychodynamics of human development British Psychotherapy Foundation in collaboration with Birkbeck College

    University of London, 2009

  • Masters of Science degree- Social and international development management The Open University

    Milton Keynes, 2007

  • Post Graduate Diploma- Social and international development management The Open University

    Milton Keynes, 2005

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Rebecca Du Preez

Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Rebecca is an OT assistant who is also currently training to be an OT. She has worked with children for over eighteen years, in either a voluntary or professional capacity, and has four children of her own. She is a very creative and innovative individual.
Working alongside the OTs, she is able to work individually with children or run group sessions using the treatment plan provided following OT assessment.

She enjoys every minute of helping children engage with the world around them in a fun, creative way whilst being part of a team who work together to provide meaningful activities, in a safe, fun environment.

She has experience in the voluntary sector working with teenage mum’s and their children. This involved listening, supporting and helping build confidence with the mums by encouraging them to try new things and providing various stimulating activities for their children.

She first worked in Human Recourses where a key attribute was to communicate and work with individuals at all levels within the organisation matching their skill sets, interests and abilities to the needs of the organisation. Following this she was an office manager where she demonstrated flexibility and organisational skills in doing a wide range of tasks.

  • Currently studying BSc Occupational Therapy at University of Brighton.
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma for nursing and healthcare professionals – Sussex Downs College
  • Certificate in Early Years Practice – Open University
  • National diploma in Personnel Management – TWR, South Africa
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Dr. Catherine Porter

Clinical Psychologist

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Catherine is a specialist child and adolescent clinical psychologist, and before joining Beacon House, she worked between an NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and a Behaviour Support Service within schools where she provided mental health support and neurodevelopmental screenings for children who are finding it difficult to access learning within the classroom. She has experience and skill in providing consultations and mental health training to staff within schools. Catherine works for Beacon House two days a week alongside her CAMHS role.

Catherine has a special interest in working with children and adolescents who have neurodevelopmental difficulties and special educational needs. She has a lot of experience with young people who have received a diagnosis including Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Tourette’s syndrome. Often both the child and their family need support and intervention to help them adjust to a diagnosis, and also to support them in managing the challenging emotions and behaviours that often come with such diagnoses.

Catherine draws on cognitive-behavioural therapy, narrative therapy and systemic theory to work with individuals and families to support emotional wellbeing, social skills and positive identity in the context of the additional challenges and opportunities of living with a neurodevelopmental condition.

She has experience of working with children and adolescents (with and without an accompanying neurodevelopmental difficulty) presenting with depression and anxiety difficulties, including OCD, low mood, social anxiety, specific phobias and separation anxiety.

Catherine is also able to offer neuropsychological assessments for children where there is a query about cognitive functioning. These assessments aim to gain an understanding of each child’s unique cognitive abilities and learning potential, as well as focussing on how the findings can inform recommendations for children in their home and school life.

Prior to training as a clinical psychologist, Catherine worked with older adults in inpatient and residential settings. This gave her experience of working with individuals and families using lifespan and narrative techniques, as well as working with teams and organisations to make environmental changes to support the wellbeing of adults living in care settings.

Catherine is registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (Membership No. PYL32696).

Education and Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology

    University of Reading

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

    Salomons Centre of Applied Psychology
    Canterbury Christ Church University

Professional Development

  • Compassion Focussed Therapy in Schools
  • Incredible Years Pre-School Years Training
  • Dementia Care Mapping
  • Tavi: Introduction to psychodynamic concepts: a workshop for clinical and counselling psychologists
  • Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy

Publications

  • Commentary: Winterbourne View: a moral panic or meaningful action? (2014)
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Alice Barker

Art Psychotherapist

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Alice Barker has over twenty years’ experience of working with children, young people and adults in the field of mental health and the arts in a variety of settings. Alice worked as an art psychotherapist with R.I.S.E, a charity in Brighton working with children and adolescents who have experienced domestic abuse and trauma. Alice has a particular interest in trauma and especially early developmental trauma and attachment relationships.

Alice works in primary and secondary schools in Sussex as an art psychotherapist with children, adolescents and their parents. Art psychotherapy uses art media as a primary mode of expression and communication. Alice facilitates communication of the children and adolescent’s feelings and thoughts through the use of art materials to make images which can then be thought about and help relieve painful and difficult feelings.

Individuals who may benefit from art psychotherapy have a wide range of difficulties, disabilities or diagnoses. Art psychotherapy is suitable for very young children and individuals of any age who find it difficult to express their thoughts and feelings in the spoken word, or when words aren’t enough. Art allows expression through all of the senses which can make connections to the unconscious and deeply held parts of the mind which can be explored through the image.

Like the art therapy profession, Alice’s practice has evolved from a primarily psychoanalytical, psychodynamic model to include other approaches such as attachment-based psychotherapy, mindfulness and mentalization-based treatments, dyadic developmental psychotherapy/attachment-focussed family therapy and Gestalt theory.

Alice is registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (registration number AS15180) and is a full member of the BAAT.

Education and Qualifications

  • Mentalization-Based Treatment for Adolesence (MBT-A)

    Peter Fonagy. Anna Freud Centre. (2015)

  • MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy

    I.A.T.E. London. (2011-2014)

  • Children’s Accelerated Trauma Treatment

    CATT Level 1. Carly Raby. I.A.T.E. London. (2013)

  • Children’s Accelerated Trauma Treatment.

    CATT Level 11. Carly Raby. I.A.T.E. London. (2013)

  • Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts

    I.A.T.E. London. (2010-2011)

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.

    Centre for Mindfulness Education. Brighton. (2009)

  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling.

    Northbrook College. West Sussex. (1997-1999)

  • Introduction to Counselling Skills and Attitudes.

    WPF. London. (1996-1997)

Professional Development

  • Safeguarding Policy and Procedure Equality and Diversity Training.

    YMCA Downslink Group. Brighton. (2015)

  • Working with Attachment Trauma

    Dr. Allan Schore. Brighton University. (2014)

  • Relating to Self-harm and Suicidal Behaviour in Young People

    Dialogue YMCA Downslink Group. Brighton. (2014)

  • Art Therapy Groups with Children and Adolescents

    BAAT. London. (2014)

  • Working with Suicidal Clients

    Dr. Eva Coleman. Well Being Centre. Brighton. (2014)

  • Compassioned Focussed Therapy and the Arts Conference

    Paul Gilbert. BAAT. London (2014)

  • How to Connect with Challenging Children and Teenagers

    Dan Hughes. Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy/Attachment-Focussed Family Therapy. Centre for Child Mental Health. London. (2012)

  • The Essentials of Child-Centred Play Therapy

    Centre for Child Mental Health. London. (2012)

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Sara Hunnable

Therapeutic Social Worker

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Sara is a qualified Social Worker with ten years’ experience working within the Local Authority. For the past two years she has worked as an Independent Social Worker specialising in parent-child relationship work using the CARE-Index.

During her time as a Local Authority social worker Sara has worked in both assessment and intervention teams holding cases for children in need, child protection, children in care and complex cases within care proceedings. Sara also has experience of working with children in long-term foster placements and children being placed with adoptive families. Sara has work closely with birth parents, foster cares and prospective adopters and has a strong commitment to achieving the best outcome for children in all the work that she does. Sara has worked with children affected by domestic abuse, drugs and alcohol, severe neglect and physical, emotional and sexual abuse.

In the latter years of her work with the Local Authority Sara was a Senior Social Work Practitioner within a specialist attachment team providing assessment and intervention work for parents / carers and younger age children. Within this work she undertook a wide range of assessment work including complex assessments for court and intervention work ranging from early intervention to complex child protection cases. Whilst in this role, Sara attended extensive in house training delivered by a Clinical Psychologist in the areas of complex trauma, attachment, and mental health in children and parents.

Sara is passionate about working with the parent-child relationship and has been responsible for facilitating, overseeing and giving training on parent- child relationship intervention work. Wanting to develop her skills and knowledge in this area, Sara undertook the CARE-Index training in 2014 then the advanced level training in 2015. The CARE-Index is a robust and comprehensive 9-day training on how to identify patterns of attachment and risk between a parent and their infant. Sara achieved a level 1 reliability and has been working as an independent Social Worker undertaking primarily court based assessments using the CARE-Index to assess child parent relationships.

Sara has recently completed the Theraplay institute training in Theraplay and MIM, level 1. In her role as Therapeutic Social Worker at Beacon House Sara offers Theraplay as part of her journey towards full accreditation; and she also offers therapeutic parenting interventions to adopters and foster carers. With Sara’s experience in young children, she also offers parents consultations about effective and sensitive parenting approaches which can support more positive behaviour in the child, and a greater emotional connection.

Education and qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology

    University of Lincolnshire and Humberside 1993-1996

  • Diploma in Social Work

    Stockport Collage 2004

  • Post Qualifying Award Level 1

    University of Chichester 2006

  • Post Qualifying Child Care Award

    University of Chichester 2008

Continued professional development

  • Theraplay Basic Training

    September 2016, Viv Norris

  • The Meaning of the Child interview

    University of Roehampton - Ben Grey & Juliet Kesteven 2016

  • The Theraplay Institute accredited Theraplay and MIM Level 1 2016
  • Attachment and Psychopathology

    Pat Crittenden – Tavistock and Portman December 2015

  • Advance CARE-Index Training

    Pat Crittenden 2015

  • B.A.S.E Baby Watching Group Leader Training

    Dr Karl-Heinz Brisch 2015

  • CARE-Index Level 1

    Rebecca Carr- Hopkins 2014

Assessment Tools

  • CARE

    Index (Crittenden 2010)

  • PAM

    PParent Assessment Manual (Dr Sue McGaw 2012)

  • The Signs of Safety

    (Dr Andrew Turnell 2012)

  • Graded Care Profile
  • NIMT

    (Neglect Identification and measurement tool)

Specialist Training

  • 1001 Days Of Connection

    Parent and Baby Mental Health Seminar 2014

  • Attachment Theory

    Rebecca – Carr Hopkins 2014

  • Neglect and its Neglect

    Graham Music –WSCC LSCB Conference 2013

  • Neglect

    Effective Intervention and ways forward – Margot Sunderland WSCC LSCB Conference 2013

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Roy Fears

Drama, movement and EMDR therapist

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Since qualifying Roy has always been drawn to working with people with varying degrees of trauma and complex trauma. Today he still works in an NHS setting which offers a service unique in the UK for 11-18 year olds with complex needs at risk of placement breakdown. Here he learned the importance of joined-up working methodologies and inter-subjective thinking as not only a container for the young person, but the whole family. This holistic approach to treatment and care is exactly what brought him to Beacon House.

As a Drama and Movement Therapist Roy’s work is underpinned and informed by the ‘Hero’ archetype and the journey each hero must take; so whether we are the toddler crawling away from the mother and looking over our shoulder, Perseus slaying Medusa or Little Red Riding Hood leaping from the belly of the Big Bad Wolf – every Hero’s journey is about taking a risk, overcoming an obstacle and returning transformed. Dramatherapy allows this journey to happen in every session; obliquely through an enactment, or more directly by listening, talking and being present. Just walking across the threshold of the consulting room is the beginning of a hero’s journey and the transformation and healing starts right there.

Roy is also an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Practitioner* (EMDR). This is a very specific trauma treatment that is used in PTS, PTSD, phobias and complex trauma. Roy has been successful in interweaving EMDR within the Dramatherapy process and also as a stand-alone intervention in the treatment of complex trauma and personality disorder.
Roy is a great believer in ‘Help for the Helper’ and’ Care for the Carer’ and it was this philosophy and early training with Babette Rothschild that led him to consolidate his learning and become a Clinical Supervisor. For many years now Roy has applied and developed his learning to consult to teams in Care Homes and Organisations all over the south, as well as developing parents and carers groups within the NHS.

In his spare time Roy commits to the ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ paradigm by attending Pilates classes and daily swims. He is a passionate cook and enjoys all aspects live performance and Art. Happiness is a walk along Brighton Beach with his dog Nancy.

*Roy is fully trained in EMDR and is currently undergoing registered practitioner status.

Education and Qualifications

  • MA Drama and Movement Therapy (Sesame)

    CCSD/London University (2004)

  • PG Cert’, Clinical Supervision – Integrative and Psychoanalytic Approaches

    Surrey University (2010)

  • BA Theatre Arts

    Bretton Hall College of the University of Leeds (1996)

Professional Development

  • DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) Level 1

    APT Training, Surrey 2016

  • EMDR Levels 1, 2 & 3

    Alexandra Richman, London 2015/2016

  • Safe Trauma Therapy “Putting on the Brakes”

    Babette Rothschild. Chiron Centre London (2006).

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Louise Shuttleworth

Psychotherapist

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Louise brings to the Beacon House team many years’ experience working with adults, teens and children offering an integrative relational approach. At Beacon House Louise specialises in working with fostered and adopted children and children on the edge of care. She offers a type of family therapy that is well known for improving disrupted attachments between parents/carers and their children – called Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP).

Louise has particular interest and experience in working with addictions and risky behaviours including self-harm, eating anxieties and alcoholism. She is also experienced at working with a range of other difficulties such as OCD, BDD and adults who have suffered childhood trauma. Louise has a particular interest in the impact of early trauma on later relationships, and this informs her work with children and also with adults.

Louise is an adoption counsellor and she has undertaken specific training in how to deliver Attachment Focused support to parents via LINK Barnados.

As well as DDP, Louise is able to bring into her work cognitive bevhaviour therapy and creative approaches to therapy. She is a dynamic and client-led therapist, and enjoys working out with her clients how therapy can be adapated to meet their needs.

Education and qualifications

  • Physiology (BSc) Hon’s

    1989-1992 Leeds University

  • Regents College School of Psychotherapy and Counselling – Diploma

    1998 - 2002 City University

  • BACP member

    2002-4 Advanced diploma leading to full UKCP registration in September 2005

  • MBACP

    2013

  • Module 1 and Psychological Coach training from Centre for Coaching

    2013 - Middlesex University

Continued Professional Development

  • Theraplay Basic Training

    September 2016, Viv Norris

  • DDP training –Levels 1 (Jan15) and 2

    completed in September 15.

  • Attachment Focused Training

    Secondary training offered to Link Barnados therapist - October 2014

  • 4 day intensive Couples BABCP training

    March 2014

  • Mindfulness Training

    BABCP training day 2013

  • Psychological Coach 7 day intensive CBC training

    AC accredited- Middlesex University 2013

  • Lynn Somerfield Intensive 3 day CBT training

    2013

  • Adoption LINK counsellor

    2011 as run by Barnados Society

  • Radical Openness Training (DBT) parts 1 and 2

    2011 and 2012

  • Solution Focused Therapy

    Via YMCA - 2010

  • Tavistock Institute

    Self Harm 2009

  • Multiple in - house trainings with Sussex YMCA specifically around working with young people
  • Working with Troubled Teenagers

    Mindfields - 2009

  • Stories that Heal

    Mindfields - 2008

  • Addiction, Depression, Anxiety

    Mindfields - 2007

  • Addiction and Eating Disorders CPPD

    2006

  • Couples Counselling CPPD

    2005

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Laura Bagwell

Paediatric Occupational Therapist

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Laura has worked as an Occupational Therapist since 2006 and specialised in Paediatrics since 2008, working within the NHS at Child Development Centres as part of multi-disciplinary teams. She holds a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy and prior to this gained a Psychology honours degree.

With extensive experience of providing standardised and non-standardised assessments: focusing on motor skills, sensory processing, sensory regulation, visual perception, self-care skills and handwriting, Laura is well equipped to devise bespoke therapy programmes and advice for children, families and educational settings. She loves to help children meet their full potential and maximise independence in their daily activities at home and school. Laura has worked with children of all ages with a variety of conditions (including Autism, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, DCD amongst many others) and functional difficulties as well as having experience of delivering group based intervention. She regularly works in a range of settings including the home, nursery and special and mainstream schools.

Laura has been involved in the facilitation of specialised clinics for children with specific conditions such as Hemiplegia, Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), upper limb splinting, Sensory Processing Difficulties and hypermobility.

Laura has completed post graduate training in Sensory Integration theory and intervention in paediatrics, as well as other courses for children with developmental disabilities. Laura has a passion for the therapeutic use of play and improving children’s emotional wellbeing and has completed a certificate in children’s mindfulness and relaxation.
Laura works part time at Beacon House in our Occupational Therapy team, and liaises closely with our psychological therapists where this is beneficial for the child and family.

When she is not at work, Laura is a busy mum of three young children and loves running, being outdoors, reading and socialising!

Education and Qualifications

  • MSC Health Through Occupation

    Post-graduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy (2006)

  • BSC (Hons)

    Psychology (2004)

  • Sensory Integration Theory and Intervention Paediatrics 2010

    Masters Level Module-Sensory Integration Network, Cardiff University

Professional Development

  • Relax Kids Coach 2015

    Certificate in Children’s Relaxation and Mindfulness

  • Exploring Play: The importance of play in everyday life

    2015 (University of Sheffield (Online Course)

  • Introduction to Play Therapy 2012

    Play Therapy UK

  • Play Therapy UK

    Sensory Integration Network

  • Assessment and Treatment of Infants and Young Children with Developmental Disabilities 2009

    Ealing PCT-Sidney Chu

  • SAI Module 1

    working towards module 1 accreditation

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Jo Charlton

Educational Psychologist

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Jo Charlton is a Chartered Educational Psychologist with 20 years’ experience. Her early working career started in a multiagency team working with looked after children with physical and learning disabilities. She then worked as a Nursery and Primary school teacher in the East End of London. Jo completed her Educational Psychology Training at Sheffield University where she continued to develop her interest in early child development, trauma and the relationship between these, cognition, and learning.

Fundamental to Jo’s practice is the view that the child is central to the process, and that understanding their views and their family’s views are key to planning a successful way forward. Jo’s work within Educational Psychology Services has focused on the development of good consultation and shared problem-solving approaches with parents, carers and school staff. Jo has helped to develop and provide a wide variety of training, consultation and direct work with carers, families and staff to develop and sustain this shared approach to meeting the emotional, social and learning needs of children.

In her practice, Jo draws from a range of psychological and developmental learning theories to inform her work and to explore what might be happening for a child within the context of school and home. She likes to use dynamic and interactive assessment approaches with children and young people to gain an in depth understanding of how the child goes about their learning and what might help them to become more engaged and resilient learners.

More recently, Jo’s work has focused on developing nurture provision within schools, which aim to support children with a range of needs – and particularly those with a background of attachment, trauma and loss. This has involved using therapeutic approaches and group intervention, as well as providing a range of training and different levels of support for parents, carers and for staff working directly with these children.

Jo specializes in working with traumatised children and particularly children who have been adopted or cared for by special guardians. Having done DDP training (levels 1 and 2), Jo offers therapeutic parenting interventions informed by PACE. This way of working enables parents/carers of traumatised children to meet the child’s underlying unmet emotional needs rather than responding only to the outward behaviour.

Jo can offer supervision and support for staff and work discussion groups where staff teams can develop their capacity and confidence to use their own skills to support each other and the children with whom they are working. Jo provides training for educational settings addressing a variety of issues which relate to a child’s social and emotional development and their learning. Key issues that can be addressed include attachment, nurture, bereavement and loss, metacognition and learning, anxiety, autism, child development, using simple mindfulness techniques with children. She can also offer support to families focusing on a range of areas.

Jo is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL03643) and chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 080786). She is a member of the Association of Educational Psychologists.

Education and Qualifications

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)

    Levels 1 and 2 (2017)

  • MSc Educational Psychology

    Sheffield University (1997)

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education

    Froebel College: Roehampton Institute of Higher Education/University of Surrey (1987)

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology

    Goldsmiths College. University of London (1985)

Professional Development

  • Video Interaction Guidance Basic Training

    The Tavistock, May 2016

  • Dynamic assessment (refresher)

    Ruth Deutsch (4 days bespoke course for East Sussex Educational Psychology Service 2015)

  • Working with children, families and youth: 20 skills to build resilience

    Michael Ungar. Resilience Forum Brighton University (Study morning 2015)

  • Working memory

    Susan Gathercole PATOSS East Sussex (Study morning 2015)

  • Trauma Aftercare

    CCP Training and Development (2 days, 2014)

  • Mindfulness based approaches for working with children and young people

    Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology UCL (8 days 2013)

  • Safeguarding children. Refresher e-learning course

    East Sussex Children Services 2014

  • Life Story Work with Troubled Children and Teenagers

    Richard Rose: Conference day. (Centre for Child Mental Health 2014)

  • Autistic Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) – 2

    Training East Sussex Educational Psychology Team (2 days, 2013)

  • The Theory and Practice of Nurture Groups

    Nurture Group Network (5 days +assignment 2013)

  • Management of Actual and Potential Aggression

    Positive Options (2012)

  • Supporting Positive Interventions in Education and Risk Assessment

    Challenging Behaviour Network (2 days, 2012)

  • Social and Emotional Difficulties Experienced by Children in Care

    The Centre for Emotional Development (Conference day 2012)

  • Behavioural Risk Assessment Licensed Trainers Certificate

    Challenging Behaviour Network (2010)

  • Cognitive–Behavioural Therapy and Training

    Primary Certificate Course. Centre for Stress Management (2008)

  • Frightened to love: Working with Attachment issues and Disorders

    Centre for Child Mental Health (Conference 2007)

  • Child Protection

    East Sussex County Council 2007

  • Enabling children to speak about feelings through the arts

    Centre for Child Mental Health (2 days 2006)

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Terri Fresko

Systemic Psychotherapist

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Terri’s first professional training was in Dance Movement Therapy (now known as Dance Movement Psychotherapy) in the first training of its kind in the UK. After graduating, she worked privately, teaching, supervising clinical work and dissertations until 1991, when she joined an arts therapies department in a large psychiatric hospital. She has many years of experience of in-patient, day patient and outpatient settings, working with people with severe mental illness such as in eating disorders, postnatal breakdown, long-term mental illness, the deaf as well as forensic patients. Terri is very interested in the way trauma and emotions are stored in our bodies. She believes that there is huge psychotherapeutic potential in using movement and other creative endeavours.

At a professional development course, Terri was introduced to the idea of working with client together with their family in order to help people manage illness and distress. This was a very helpful new perspective for her, as illness often affects family members profoundly, not just the sufferer. She decided to take the plunge and complete the post-graduate training of 3 years, after which she worked in a family therapy clinic with families where an adult member was suffering from mental distress. In the last 11 years, Terri has been working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Her experience in that time includes being part of a paediatric liaison team at a large London Hospital, where a large proportion of her caseload consisted of working with young people presenting to hospital with self-harm. Additionally, she worked in two Multi-Dimensional Treatment Foster Care teams. Here she gained valuable experience of working in multi-agency contexts which enriched her own practice. In the last 6 years, Terri has been working with primary school-aged children at risk of exclusion from mainstream education, and their families.

Terri has been supervising and consulting with professionals for many years. In all her work, her stance is to have a collaborative approach where people feel empowered and more effective in the roles they take on.
Terri is a member of the Association for Family Therapy (AFT) and is registered with the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP).

Education And Qualifications

  • Post-graduate Diploma in Family Therapy & Systemic Practice

    Prudence Skynner Clinic, 2002

  • Introductory Course in Group Analysis

    Institute of Group Analysis, 1995

  • M.A. In Dance Movement Therapy

    Laban Centre / Hahnemann University, 1987

  • B.Sc in Psychology and Computer Science

    Keele University, 1981

Professional Development

  • EMDR Initial training

    Level One, September 2017

  • Complex Neglect

    Diane Apatoff, February 2016

  • Do (race) and (culture) matter or do they matter more?

    Inga-Britt Krause, February 2016

  • Annual Conference of Association for Family Therapy

    September 2015

  • Tales and Transformations

    Janine Roberts, April 2015

  • Responding to the Clinical Needs of Sexual Minority Youth

    Damian McCann, March 2015

  • Understanding PTSD from an Attachment Perspective

    Felicity de Zulueta, March 2014

  • Engaging with Change: Functional Family Therapy

    Brighton, February 2014

  • When anger endangers relationships: self-harm as a systemic solution

    David Pocock, November 2013

  • Achieving clinical excellence

    Scott Miller, May 2012

  • Death Talk: Working with people in illness and dying

    Glenda Fredman, November 2011

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Jonathan Goldsmith

Drama and EMDR Therapist

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Jonathan is a very experienced therapist and has worked in the NHS for over 20 years in a range of inpatient and community settings. These included adult drug and alcohol rehabilitation, child and adolescent psychiatry and services for people with a learning disability. Jonathan has a lot of experience working with children and young people who are in the care of the Local Authority and children who are adopted. He has also worked with families as they develop to include a fostered or adopted child. He recognizes that all parties, including the therapist, needs to be open to learning about the challenges of change.

Jonathan’s first professional training was in Drama therapy. He is particularly interested in what it means to play -noting that to be playful concerns relationships and is a physical as well as cognitive and emotional experience. Crucially play starts early in an infant’s life. The capacity to play, explore and be curious promotes learning and self confidence. However, it can be understandably undermined by trauma and other life experiences, and this can limit a person’s development. Jonathan’s subsequent training has focused upon understanding better the impact of trauma including the intergenerational effects upon any an individual and their family.

Jonathan has completed trainings in Family therapy and most recently has trained in two specialist approaches to trauma called sensori motor psychotherapy and EMDR. Jonathan is passionate about understanding individuals’ needs and patterns through an attachment lens, and he is starting a course regarding attachment theory & practice at the John Bowlby Centre in the Autumn 2016.

Jonathan is interested in sport and the performing arts. He studies QI Qong and Tai Chi as he is interested in approaching psychological and emotional issues in terms of how the body experiences distress. Jonathon is very skilled at applying a range of therapy techniques with children and teenagers; and also with adults. He is able to adapt therapy to suit the communication and ‘cognitive’ needs of a child and his dynamic and creative approach creates a playful yet gently challenging therapeutic environment for his clients to explore their feelings and their future.

Education And Qualifications

  • EMDR with Children & Adolescents Level 1

    Joanne Morris Smith, London, 2015

  • EMDR Level 2

    Alexandra Richman, London, 2015

  • EMDR Level 1

    Alexandra Richman, London, 2015

  • The Treatment of Trauma

    2013

  • Sensori Motor Psychotherapy Level 2

    Lincoln, UK, 2012

  • Sensori Motor Psychotherapy Level 1

    Lincoln, UK, 2010

  • Systemic Practice with Families and Couples Postgraduate Diploma

    Institute of Family Therapy, London, 2007

  • Systemic Practice with Families and Couples Advanced Certificate

    Institute of Family Therapy, London, 2006

  • Jungian Sandplay

    British & Irish Sandplay Society, 2004

  • Therapeutic Communication with Children

    University of East London & the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust, 2004

  • Supervisors Training Course

    British Association of Drama Therapists, 2001

  • Drama Therapy Postgraduate Diploma

    University of Herfordshire, 1993

Professional Development

  • Trauma, Dissociation & Recovery

    Conference, 2015

  • British Association of Drama Therapists

    Conference, 2014

  • Transforming Shame & Self Loathing

    Janina Fisher, London, Conference, 2014

  • Trauma & Attachment

    Kim Golding & Graham Music, Conference, 2014

  • Neuroscience of Affect Attachment & Social Cognition

    Anna Freud Centre, London, Conference, 2013

  • New Paradigms in Psychotherapy Technique

    Confer-London, Conference, 2009

  • Psychological Trauma & the Child

    Confer-London, Conference, 2008

  • Thought in Motion: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Mind & Body

    Tavistock Clinic, London, Conference, 2008

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Fiona Chandler

Jungian Analyst and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

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Fiona is a Jungian Analyst and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist specialising in child psychotherapy. She trained at The Society of Analytical Psychology (SAP) and The Tavistock Clinic and is registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) College for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis. Fiona works with children, adolescents and adults and specializes in working with complex early developmental trauma and the impact of this on attachment relationships and states of mind.

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Kate Levy

Educational Psychologist

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Kate is an Educational Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience. She began her career as a primary school teacher working in Inner London Primary Schools. Kate completed her Educational Psychology Training at the Tavistock Clinic where she developed a particular interest in psychodynamic theory and the emotional aspects of teaching and learning.

Kate initially worked within an Educational Psychology and Child Guidance Service in Enfield. Here she was able to develop her skills within schools and working therapeutically with young children and families within the clinic.
Kate worked as Consultant Educational Psychologist within the assessment team at the Anna Freud Clinic for a number of years, where she also ran a therapeutic mother and toddler group in an area of need within the community. Throughout her career, Kate has undertaken assessments of children with complex needs and has particular interests in autism, attachment and nurture.

As part of a local authority Educational Psychology Service, Kate developed and worked within an early intervention team for pre-school children with social, emotional and behavioural needs and their families. This role involved working extensively with families, schools, children’s centres and pre-school settings. Kate provided training, consultation and direct work with families, carers and staff to develop a shared understanding of how to manage and meet the social, emotional and learning needs of young children.

Alongside her local authority work, Kate also works part-time within an Independent School where she is involved in developing pastoral care systems across the school, providing advice, support and training for teaching and non-teaching staff and undertaking assessments and individual therapeutic work with children and their parents.

Working as an Educational Psychologist, Kate offers a unique perspective which involves facilitating a shared understanding of the child’s social, emotional and educational needs across a range of complex environments at school and home. Exploring and developing the relationships which children have with their families and with other children, teachers and support staff is central to this work. Kate views her role as an advocate for the child. As such, she provides advice and support in relation to adjusting educational and home environments in order to promote well-being and positive educational outcomes for children.

Kate specializes in working with traumatised children and particularly children who have been adopted or cared for by special guardians. Having done DDP training (levels 1 and 2), Kate offers therapeutic parenting interventions informed by PACE. This way of working enables parents/carers of traumatised children to meet the child’s underlying unmet emotional needs rather than responding only to the outward behaviour.

Kate offers supervision and support for staff and work discussion groups where staff teams can develop their capacity and confidence to use their own skills to support each other and the children with whom they are working.

Kate provides training and consultation for educational settings addressing a variety of issues which impact on a child’s social and emotional development and therefore their learning. Key issues which can be addressed include: attachment, nurture, bereavement and loss, divorce, domestic violence and responses to illness in the family. She can also offer support to families and schools focussing on a range of areas including parenting, school refusal, anxiety, developmental difficulties, and transitions.

Kate is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL00923) and chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 187964 ) She is a member of the Association of Educational Psychologists.

Education and Qualifications

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)

    Levels 1 and 2 (2017)

  • MSc Educational Psychology

    Tavistock Clinic/Brunel University (1993)

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education Frobel College

    Roehampton Institute of Higher Education/University of Surrey (1988)

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology

    University of Warwick (1987)

Professional Development

  • Video Interaction Guidance Basic Training

    The Tavistock, May 2016

  • Trauma Aftercare

    CCP Training and Development (Two days, 2014)

  • Autistic Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) – 2

    Training East Sussex Educational Psychology Team (two days, 2013)

  • The Theory and Practice of Nurture Groups

    Nurture Group Network (5 days, 2013)

  • Sensory Processing, Trauma and Attachment Training

    Eadouin Bhreathnach East Sussex (2 days, 2012)

  • Management of Actual and Potential Aggression

    Positive Options (2012)

  • Autistic Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) training

    Spectrum Specialist Consultancy (5 days, 2012)

  • Supporting Positive Interventions in Education and Risk Assessment

    Challenging Behaviour Network (two days, 2012)

  • Child Sexual Abuse Conference

    East Sussex Local Safeguarding Children Board (2011)

  • Behavioural Risk Assessment Licensed Trainers Certificate

    Challenging Behaviour Network (2010, 2011) Solihull Approach Foundation Course (2009)

  • The Incredible Years

    Parent Group Lead Training (2005)

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Kate Pelissier

Consultant Systemic Family Psychotherapist

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A practising NHS lead systemic family psychotherapist, Kate brings to the team over 25 years of significant and comprehensive experience of supporting children, young people, their families and significant carers to identify ways through their emotional, psychological and mental health needs to make sense of their world and develop a sense of resilience that promotes a healthy transition into adulthood.

Drawing on both her social work experience and informed by substantive family therapy experience, Kate routinely works with children, young people and families affected by anxiety, parental separation/divorce, loss and bereavement, communication difficulties, depression, trauma, sexual exploitation, deliberate self-harm, suicidal ideation, and eating disorders.

Kate has a particular interest and brings to the team demonstrable clinical experience of working with children and young people who present with gender identity discomfort and gender variance. Kate has recently contributed to a gender identity online training module aimed at teachers and health professionals.Kate is a strong advocate and educator when working with sexual orientation and young people who identify as lesbian, gay and or bisexual. She enjoys working with same sex couples and families.

In addition to her therapeutic work Kate is an accomplished and popular supervisor, trainer, lecturer and tutor in the field of systemic psychotherapy. She values encouraging trainees and professionals to use their knowledge base and skills through the lenses of systemic thinking to enhance practice and bring every family member’s voice to the fore.

In addition to her clinical and supervisory work, Kate has been teaching on the post graduate diploma in applied systemic theory at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust for the last 15 years.

Born in Lyon, France, with the UK as home, where she has raised her family and worked for over 30 years , Kate also offers French speakers the opportunity to engage in therapeutic work or supervision in their first language.

Kate is registered with UKCP (registration number: 00111043)

Education and Qualifications

  • Certificate in non-violent resistance(NVR) training (2015)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management (Health and Social Care)

    Salomon’s University of Canterbury (October 2002)

  • United Kingdom Certification in Psychotherapy

    Association of Family Therapy (September 2001)

  • Masters in Systemic Psychotherapy (with distinction)

    University of East London/Tavistock clinic (July 1999)

  • Advanced Award in Social Work

    Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work (September 1999)

  • Diploma in systemic therapy

    University of East London/Tavistock Clinic (June 1996)

  • Bachelor in Social Sciences

    Open University (July 1995)

  • Certified Qualification in Social Work

    Kingston University (January 1991)

Professional development

  • Emerging leader clinical network NHS south coast (August 2012)
  • AFT registration as an approved Family Therapy Supervisor (October 2011)
  • Part I in Narrative Systemic Practice (January 2005)
  • Tavistock Centre. Accreditation in Family Therapy Supervision (January 2005)
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Dr. Laara Jupp

Clinical Psychologist

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Laara is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist working full time for Beacon House. She brings to the team a wealth of experience working with children who are looked after; and children and families who are receiving input from the Local Authority.

Laara has accumulated over 10 years’ experience working in the field of Clinical Psychology and 6 years working for a Specialist CAMH Service. In her previous role within the NHS (based within a Local Authority) and now in Beacon House – Laara offers psychological assessments, therapeutic interventions and consultation on issues relating to child care proceedings, child development, attachment and trauma, mental health, sibling attachments, contact with birth family and permanency and matching. She is able to work directly with parents, adoptive parents, foster carers, children being placed for adoption and children and young people in care. She also works closely with contact supervisors to facilitate child centered and safe family contact and support parents in their relationships with children.

For the last 4 years Laara has provided regular consultancy, reflective supervision and training to a number of independent children’s homes. She provides assessment and intervention for complex and traumatised adolescents who are experiencing high levels of emotional distress. She has a lot of experience assessing self-injury, suicidality and other serious mental health presentations; and a long standing interest in using participatory approaches to engaging and working with young girls at risk of sexual exploitation and hard to reach young people.

Laara is committed to working in collaboration with families and young people. She values learning from the families and young people she meets and shares psychological theory and ways of working with them so that they can think together about how they would like to work towards change and understanding. Laara draws upon developmental theory, family therapy, narrative therapy, community psychology, cognitive behavioural therapy and psychodynamic and solution focused approaches depending on what is most useful to a person in times of distress.

Education and Qualifications

  • EMDR Levels One, Two and Three

    Sandra Richman, 2016 – 2017

  • Expert Witness: Essential Knowledge, Report writing

    British Psychological Society (2015)

  • Adolescent Based Mentalisation Based Treatment (AMBIT)

    Anna Freud Centre (2014)

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Level 1 and Level 2

    Family Futures (2013)

  • Clinical Reliability Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)

    BeginningwithA, Autism Consultancy and Training (2010)

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)

    University of Exeter (2006-2009)

  • BSc Psychology,

    University of East London (2003-2006)

Professional development

  • Video Interaction Guidance Basic Training

    The Tavistock, May 2016

  • The Prevalence, Nature and Severity of Mental Health Difficulties experienced by Looked After Children and those Adopted from Care – Michael Tarren-Sweeney

    BAAF, 2 days (2013)

  • Signs of Safety & Wellbeing multi-agency partner training

    Wandsworth Safeguarding Board, 2 days (2013)

  • Clinical Risk Assessment, Risk Assessment Training and Education (RATE)

    South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (2013)

  • Safeguarding Children and Young People for Lead Professionals (Level 3)

    Wandsworth Safeguarding Board (2013)

  • Advanced Supervisors Workshop, Supervising Narrative Approaches to working with Children/Families,

    University of Surrey (2012)

  • Advanced Supervisors Workshop, Clinical Formulation – Child and Family

    University of Surrey (2012)

  • Safeguarding Children, Level 3, Domestic Violence, the impact on the child

    2011

  • Serious Case Review, Learning the Lessons, British Society for the Study and Prevention of child abuse and neglect

    (BASPCAM) (2011)

  • Personality Disorder and Parenting,

    Anna Freud Centre, (2009)

  • Introduction to Psychodynamic Concepts: A workshop for Clinical Psychologists,

    Tavistock Clinic, London, 5 days, (2009)

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Dr. Mekayla Zahra

Clinical Psychologist

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As a Child Clinical Psychologist, Mekayla specialises in working with children and adolescents with a range of mental health difficulties such as trauma, anxiety, low mood, OCD, eating disorders and neurodevelopmental conditions. She has a special interest in working with children who are Looked After and Adopted and offers specialist assessments and interventions in this area for both Beacon House and her NHS CAMHS role.

Mekayla uses an integrative approach and draws upon a range of therapies including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), systemic family approaches and attachment focused therapy. She has run successful group interventions for adolescents who have difficulties with emotional regulation and engage in self-harming behaviours.

Alongside her therapeutic work, Mekayla has specialist training in the use of psychometric and cognitive assessments. In her NHS role, she provides diagnostic assessment for individuals presenting with possible Autistic Spectrum condition. In addition, Mekayla supervises Doctoral level trainees and is a qualified supervisor. As part of her roles in both Beacon House and the NHS, Mekayla provides psychological consultation to other mental health professionals and outside agencies such as residential homes, schools and social care colleagues.

Before training as a clinical psychologist, Mekayla was employed in a number of specialist services for children and young people. These included in a Youth Offending Service in the north west of England, where she gained experience working specifically with offending behaviour in the Youth Justice system. In addition she worked therapeutically with adults, delivering CBT interventions who were experiencing a range of mental health difficulties.

Mekayla’s particular interests involve working with looked after and adopted children and young people. Her approach applies attachment based therapies to support young people to build positive relationships with their care-givers and build resilience in young people and the system around them.

Mekayla is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL29259).

Education and qualifications

  • o Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy - Level one

    Daniel Hughes, Family Futures, May 2015

  • BPS Approved Supervisor Training

    Canterbury Christchurch University, 3 day course (March 2015).

  • Autism Diagnostic Interview

    A diagnostic assessment tool for parents/carers for assessment of young people who present as being on the autistic spectrum. South London and Maudsley and Sussex Partnership NHS Trusts, 2 day course, (January 2015)

  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule

    A face-to face diagnostic assessment for children and young people who present as being on the autistic spectrum. Great Ormond Street Hospital, 4 day course, May 2014)

  • Clinical Psychology Doctorate (DClinPsy)

    University of Surrey (2009-2012)

  • Masters Degree in Forensic and Investigative Psychology (MSc)

    University of Liverpool (2007-2008)

  • Professional Certificate in Effective Practice for Youth Justice

    Nottingham Trent University (2004-2005)

  • BSc (Hon’s) in Psychology and Biology

    Liverpool John Moores University (2000-2003)

Professional Development

  • Dyadic Developmental Practice: Interventions to build security for children who have experienced developmental trauma.

    Kim Golding at The Centre For Emotional Development, April 2015

  • The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy

    Dr Alan Shore at The Centre For Emotional Development, September 2014

  • Compassion Focused Therapy Developing and Deepening Skills

    Dr Chris Irons at BAPCP, London, June 2014

  • Paediatric Psychology Network Conference

    British Psychological Society, Exeter, 2012

  • Paediatric Psychology Network Conference

    British Psychological Society, Oxford, 2011

  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy in CAMHS

    Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, 2011

  • Mentalization based treatments for children and their families

    The Anna Freud Centre, 2010

Publications

  • Broadhead, M.A., Hockaday, A., Zahra, M., Francis, P.J. & Crichton, C. (2009).

    Scallywags – an evaluation of a service targeting conduct disorders at school and at home. Educational Psychology in Practice, 25(2), 167-179.

  • Zahra, M. (2012).

    (Review of the book Positive Strategies for Students with Behavior Problems by Daniel Crimmins, Anne F Farrell, Philip W Smith and Alison Bailey). International Journal of Positive Behavior Support, 20(1), 63.

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Kim Lockyer

Systemic Family Psychotherapist

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Kim is a mature and experienced Health Care professional with over twenty five years’ experience working with families in many contexts including social work and therapy. Since 2008 Kim has worked full time within child and adolescent mental health settings as a Systemic Family Psychotherapist in the NHS. Kim currently works in a generic CAMHS clinic two day per week. Here Kim works with families to support them managing complex and difficult experiences parenting children with a range of emotional difficulties including anxiety, low self-esteem, low mood, autism, sexual abuse, attention and behavioural difficulties; and parental mental health issues. Kim also has experiencing of working with fostered and adopted families. For three days of the week Kim is based with the Specialist Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Service where she works closely with the Multi-Disciplinary Team to provide specialist assessment and treatment for adolescents suffering from serious and enduring anorexia and bulimia.

In her role as a Family Therapist in Beacon House, Kim aims to be inclusive and considerate of the needs of each member of the family. In engaging with the family, Kim starts by recognising and building on peoples’ strengths and explore untapped relational resources. Kim values working in partnership ‘with’ families and others, not ‘on’ them, in order to help families achieve goals they have defined. For Kim, the family is very much in control of the therapeutic process.

Kim is very sensitive to diverse family forms and relationships, beliefs and cultures and she has worked with ethnic minority families and gay and lesbian families.

Kim is a registered systemic family psychotherapist with UKCP (membership number 08159739).

Education and Qualifications

  • M.A. Systemic Psychotherapy

    Tavistock Centre, London (2005 – 2007)

  • Diploma in Applied Systemic Psychotherapy

    Tavistock Centre London (2005)

  • Advanced Award in Social Work

    Tavistock Centre (2005-2007)

  • Certificate in Applied Systemic Psychotherapy

    Tavistock Centre London (2004)

  • BA Honours Humanities

    Brighton University (1992)

  • Working Psycho-dynamically with Adults with Learning Disability

    Tavistock Centre, London (1998)

  • Post-graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies

    University of Kent (1998)

  • Diploma in Social Work

    Sussex University (1996)

Professional Development

  • Systemic Family Therapy Training for Anorexia Nervosa

    Ivan Eisler, The Maudsley, London, (2014)

  • Family Based Treatment of Adolescents with Eating Disorders

    James Lock, Great Ormond Street, (2014)

  • Attachment Narrative Therapy

    Dallos and Vetere, Institute of Family Therapy (2011)

  • Narrative Therapy

    A 5 day course with Michael White, Centre for Narrative Therapy, London (2009)

  • School Aged Attachment Interview

    An evidence-based attachment assessment developed by Patricia Crittenden (2009)

  • Attachment and Psychopathology

    A five day course on the Dynamic Maturational Model of attachment at the Tavistock Clinic, London, by Patricia Crittenden (2008)

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Dr Victoria Thornton

Clinical Psychologist

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Victoria has thirteen years’ experience working with children, young people and their families in a range of settings including children’s hospitals, mental health clinics, learning disability services and child protection services. Victoria draws on a range of psychological models and approaches in her therapeutic work to help her clients understand their current difficulties and work towards their preferred future.

Victoria’s main areas of interest are overcoming trauma and building resilience; supporting positive communication and relationships within families and working with Autistic Spectrum Conditions.

Victoria values the opportunity to offer training and consultation to the network of professionals around children and young people. She is particularly experienced in advising colleagues in education on how best to support the emotional and developmental needs of children in school.

Victoria has training and extensive experience in using a range of psychological assessment measures, including psychometric assessment of cognitive functioning, projective assessment of emotions and diagnostic assessment for Autistic Spectrum Conditions.

Victoria is particularly interested in the use of creative play and drawing based methods to assess and work with young and traumatised children. As well as using these approaches in her clinical work, Victoria has published research using creative projective assessments to understand and support the emotional needs of young children who have experienced trauma. Victoria has been invited to present her research both locally and nationally.

In addition to her therapeutic work, since 2009 Victoria has also been instructed as an independent Expert Witness to the Family Courts, in care proceedings, private law proceedings and compensation claims.

Victoria is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL21884) and chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 85070).

Education and qualifications

  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule

    A face-to face diagnostic assessment for children and young people who present as being on the autistic spectrum. Great Ormond Street Hospital, 4 day course, May 2014)

  • Attachment and Psychopathology

    Patricia Crittenden at the Tavistock Clinic. 3 day course, November 2013

  • Story Stem Assessment Profile

    The Anna Freud Centre, London, 2005

  • Clinical Psychology Doctorate (DClinPsy)

    Canterbury Christchurch University (2002-2005)

  • BA (Hon’s) in Psychology

    University of Sheffield (1995-1998)

Professional development

  • Why Neglect Matters – Improving practice for children in public care

    British Association for Adoption and Fostering, September 2010

  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse and the Effects on Parenting

    NAGALRO, May 2010

  • Child Abuse: Neuroscience and Intervention

    NSPCC with The Anna Freud Centre, October 2009

  • BPS, Faculty for Children and Young People, National Conference, presenting on the emotional impact of domestic violence on young children

    Royal Holloway, London, September 2009

  • Disorganised Attachment and ADHD

    The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 2008

Publications

  • Thornton, V. (2014).

    Understanding the emotional impact of domestic violence on young children. Educational and Child Psychology, 31(1), 90-100.

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Dr Ruth Denton

Clinical Psychologist

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Ruth is a specialist child and adolescent Clinical Psychologist who works at Beacon House alongside her NHS CAMHS role. Within CAMHS and Beacon House, Ruth specialises in working with children and young people presenting with anxiety difficulties, low mood, OCD, trauma, and emotional dysregulation difficulties. Ruth also works as part of a systemic family therapy team and feels it is important to include families in all aspects of her clinical practice. Alongside her therapeutic work Ruth enjoys offering consultation and training to parents/carers, professionals, teachers and other members of a child’s network. Ruth integrates a range of therapeutic models in her clinical work and values developing a child/family-centred formulation to reflect on when determining psychological intervention. She is also trained in administering specialist neurodevelopmental assessments of children thought to be on the Autistic Spectrum.

Ruth has a specialist interest in working with children who have experienced Developmental Trauma and has worked in a range of NHS and local authority services before and during her clinical training. She has developed skills in therapeutic assessment and interventions using attachment, trauma and DDP-informed approaches.

Ruth has published an academic review paper on mental health assessment in children with experiences of Developmental Trauma which identified two key assessment tools which assess mental health in the context of attachment and trauma experiences. This has deepened her interest in understanding and working with this group of young people.

In her clinical work Ruth uses empathy and curiosity to seek to understand how children may be communicating their needs and emotions through their behaviour. Ruth believes in advocating for the child’s voice and seeks to help and support families caring for children with a range of complex needs. Ruth adopts a non-judgemental, open and curious approach in all aspects of her work and aims to create a safe, containing and warm atmosphere in her sessions. She uses playfulness and creativity in her therapeutic work with young people and children.

Ruth is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL33855) and is chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 338483).

Education and Qualifications

  • First Class Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology

    University of Southampton

  • Practitioner Doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychology

    University of Surrey (2013-2016)

  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy – Level A

    Surrey-Sussex IPT Centre (2016)

  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 Administration and Coding

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (2017)

  • Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised Administration and Coding

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (2017)

Professional Development

  • Clinical Psychology Supervisor Workshops Day 1 & 2

    University of Southampton (2017)

  • Complex Trauma Workshop with David Tricky (1 day)

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Sept 2014

  • Safeguarding Children Level 3 (1 day)

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, June 2017

  • CBT for Social Phobia with Lucy Willetts (1 day)

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust May 2017

Publications

  • Denton, R., Frogley, C., John, M., & Querstret, D. (2016). The assessment of developmental trauma in children and adolescents: A systematic review.

    Journal of Child Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry, 22, 260-287.

  • Stopa, L. Denton, R., Wingfield, M., Taylor, K. (2013). The fear of others: A qualitative analysis of interpersonal threat in social phobia and paranoia. 

    Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 41(2), 188-209.

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Mel Campbell

Paediatric Occupational Therapist

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Mel is an advanced sensory integration practitioner who specialises in working with children with sensory processing difficulties. Mel is passionate about working with children who have experienced or been exposed to early childhood trauma and integrates a wealth of experience in working with children and young people to help develop their skills and personal achievements in their personal wellbeing, functional skills, education and leisure.

Mel has a positive, enthusiastic approach and draws upon her years of experience of working with children and young people with ADHD, Autism, DCD, associated anxiety, sensory processing and motor difficulties along with children who have experienced trauma in their early years to provide an holistic, practical and flexible approach. Her treatment plans are unique to each individual and aim to help each child reach their unique potential.

Mel qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1991 and has worked in a variety of different health care and community based settings prior to specialising in working with children and young people. She has worked in a variety of mainstream and additional needs educational settings providing a range of specialised individual intervention, targeted and group work; as well as bespoke programmes and staff training.

Mel has recently completed her MSc and is currently studying the Sensory Attachment Intervention model. In addition, she is a mother to three children and an advanced yoga teacher and uses yoga to help the associated anxieties many children with complex needs encounter. She is the author of the ‘Yoga of Pregnancy’ book and created a Sensory Processing Yoga programme which is available on DVD.

Mel is registered and regulated by Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC); is a Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) and a Member of College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section – Independent Practise (COTSS-IP).

Education and Qualifications:

  • Sensory Attachment Intervention Module 1

    November 2017

  • MSc. in Occupational Therapy 2017

    Ulster University

  • Post graduate Diploma in Sensory Integration Therapy 2015

    Ulster University

  • Advanced Sensory Integration practitioner 2014

    Sensory Integration Network

  • Sensory Integration Module 4 – From planning to treatment 2014

    Sensory Integration Network UK

  • Sensory Integration Module 2/3 – Assessment to Practice 2013

    Sensory Integration Network UK

  • Sensory Integration Module 1 – Foundations and Neuroscience 2012

    Sensory Integration Network UK

  • PG Diploma COT

    Salford College of Technology 1991

Continuing Professional Development includes:

  • Attachment and Psychopathology

    Dr. P. Crittenden - December 2017

  • Feeding and Sensory Issues

    Training completed 2016

  • Handwriting without Tears

    Training completed 2015

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Dr E. Felicity Williams

Clinical Psychologist

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Felicity is a warm and approachable Clinical Psychologist, who specialises in working with children, young people and their families. She has over ten years’ experience of working in mental health services within the NHS.

Felicity has worked with children and their families across a range of settings, including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), paediatric psychology teams, schools and inpatient services. She has worked therapeutically with both individuals and groups, and has provided training in a number of therapeutic approaches.

Felicity is experienced in working with young people presenting with a wide variety of difficulties, including low mood, anxiety, and relationship issues. She is able to help with issues around toileting, sleep and behaviour. Felicity also enjoys working with parents and carers to further develop their understanding of a child’s difficulties and think together about ways of moving forward.

Felicity has a special interest in working with children and young people with chronic health conditions (including diabetes and asthma) and has worked in a number of hospital based paediatric psychology teams.

Felicity aims to provide a warm, non-judgemental space to support families with the difficulties they are facing. She adopts a flexible, collaborative way of working and draws on a range of different therapeutic approaches. These include CBT, narrative and solution-focused therapies. Felicity places huge value on the therapeutic relationship and strives to be respectful, curious and creative. She is always interested in exploring the resources and interests of children and their families, and in using these in working towards their chosen goals.

Felicity is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (membership number PYL23656) and is Chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 146892).

Education and Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych)

    University of East London (2005-2008)

  • BSc Hons in Psychology

    University of Newcastle (1998-2001)

Professional Development

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Adolescents

    Dr Russ Harris 2017

  • Paediatric Psychology Network UK National Conference

    British Psychological Society 2017

  • Working Together to Safeguard Children

    West Sussex County Council 2017

  • Motivational Interviewing

    British Psychological Society 2015

  • Introduction to Mindfulness

    Mindfulness Sussex 2015

  • The Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty and Consent

    Sussex Partnership Trust 2014

  • Anxiety Traps: CBT Antidotes

    Christine Padesky 2012

Publication

  • Williams, E. F., Gannon, K. & Soon, K. (2011). The experiences of young people with Epidermolysis Bullosa Simplex: A qualitative study.

    Journal of Health Psychology, 16 (5), 701-710.

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Dr Jon Chatfield

Clinical Psychologist

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Jon is a Clinical Psychologist with over a decade’s experience of working with people across the lifespan, in a range of inpatient and community settings; and specialising in working in adult mental health and forensic settings. Jon has experience in a variety of therapeutic approaches, but most commonly draws on Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and aspects of Schema-Focussed Therapy (SFT) in his everyday work. Jon has extensive experience working with common mood (e.g. depression) and anxiety (e.g. OCD, PTSD) disorders, and has a special interest in working with people who may attract a diagnosis of Personality Disorder.

Individualised psychological formulation is at the heart of Jon’s therapeutic work, created collaboratively with the person seeking therapy to ensure that they are meaningful and closely aligned to their experiences, values and goals. Jon emphasises the importance of the quality of the therapeutic relationship, and in creating a safe and creative environment in which psychological change can occur. Jon utilises a range of therapeutic tools, including diagrams, letters and creative activities, in order to match the individual needs and interests of each person he works with.

Jon also has experience of utilising a broad range of neuropsychological and risk assessments in a variety of settings, requiring him to produce and communicate high quality reports to clients, carers and other professionals. Jon has also worked extensively with staff teams both in the NHS and other organisations, to develop their capacity to work with people with a range of mental health difficulties.

Jon is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL30226).

Education and qualifications

  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Practitioner Training Course (2 years)

    Two year therapy training course, The Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT) – in progress, due to complete late 2017

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology

    Canterbury Christ Church University (2010-2013)

  • MSc Forensic Psychology

    University of Surrey (2007-2008) – Merit

  • BA (Hons) Social Psychology

    University of Sussex (2003-2006) – First Class Honours

Professional Development

  • Breaking Down the Wall – Schema Therapy in Forensic Settings

    One day workshop, Psych2Health in association with Schema Therapy Associates, 14th June 2017

  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy and Trauma

    Half-day CPD session, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, 2nd June 2017

  • Using imagery methods to enhance the effectiveness of CBT

    One-day CBT Masterclass, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, 23rd February 2015

  • Induction for New Supervisors’ Workshop

    Two days at Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University, 16th-17th July 2014

  • Introduction to Psychodynamic Concepts: A Workshop for Clinical Psychologists

    5 day workshop, The Tavistock Clinic, 8th-12th April 2013

  • Borderline Personality Disorder: A Brief Training in Mentalization Based Techniques

    Three half day workshops, Kent and Medway Partnership NHS Trust, Spring 2011

Publications

  • Stevens, P., Bali, K., & Chatfield, J. (2011).

    Resettlement of residents from approved premises: Results of a London Probation-NHS collaborative pilot project, Probation Journal, 58 (2), 155-166.

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Frankie McLean

Chartered Child and Family Clinical Psychologist

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Frankie has twenty years’ experience of working with children and their families/carers. She has extensive experience of working therapeutically in a range of NHS and Local Authority clinical settings including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services both in London and Sussex, as well as specialist services such as The Traumatic Stress Clinic (London) and SWIFT Specialist Family Service (East Sussex). Frankie’s style of working with children and families is eclectic and draws on a range of theories and therapeutic styles.

Frankie has 18 years’ experience of working as an expert witness to the Family Courts both as an Independent expert witness and as part of a multi-disciplinary team (The Traumatic Stress Clinic & SWIFT Specialist Family Service). Frankie specialises in working with families in crisis where there are complex and multiple difficulties; where children have been subject to trauma, abuse and neglect over a prolonged period. She also has extensive experience in assessing extremely vulnerable families and individuals including children and parents with special needs, parental mental health problems, domestic abuse and substance misuse. Frankie has many years’ experience of working with children in foster care and of supporting foster carers and wider family members caring for children unable to live with their parents.

In her role at Beacon House Frankie undertakes expert witness assessments for the Family Courts, and provides therapeutic services to children and their families who are suffering with difficulties such as anxiety, low mood and low self-esteem.

Frankie is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL30647) and is chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 167713).

Education and qualifications

  • Skills Development in Systemic Psychotherapy

    Institute of Family Therapy (IFT 1999)

  • Foundation Course in Systemic Psychotherapy

    Institute of Family Therapy (IFT 1998)

  • Excellence in report writing

    Bond Solon Expert witness training (1998)

  • Courtroom Skills

    Bond Solon Expert Witness training (1998)

  • MSc Clinical Psychology

    University College London (1992-1995)

  • BSc (Hon’s) Psychology

    Bristol University (1987-1990)

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Becky Hasnip

Drama Therapist

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Becky is a highly experienced clinician with over 18 years’ experience. She has worked with a wide variety of client groups, across the age spectrum, in different and complex settings including forensic mental health, personality disorder, looked after and adopted children, children with challenging behaviour, autism, learning disabilities and older adults; working with both individuals and groups.

Alongside her role with Beacon House, Becky works in a secure hospital with adult offenders whose psychological difficulties have brought them into contact with the Criminal Justice system. Prior to this, she worked for a National gender specific service in an enhanced medium secure unit for women. She has also worked for Roundabout – a large Dramatherapy charity in London, where she led on the setting up of services.

In addition to her work as a dramatherapist, Becky is an approved Creative Arts Supervisor and as such, supervises the practice of dramatherapists, dramatherapy trainees and other therapists.

Her current practice is with vulnerable and traumatised individuals. Becky’s focus at the start of any work therefore is the importance of building up the skills needed prior to any deeper self reflection. With this in mind, she uses the metaphor of going on a journey of self discovery, firstly needing to ensure you have packed the tools you will need along the way. Through the safety and containment of art forms such as stories, objects, role play and movement, Becky encourages individuals to express themselves in ways that are comfortable and feel appropriate. The creative methods then provide a point of reference for the therapy, offering enlightenment and reflection around key areas of a person’s life. This can provide individuals with a greater insight into themselves and to how they relate to the world. Becky is highly skilled at adapting this way of working to all ages and all abilities.

Dramatherapy focuses on the power of the imagination and play, and this is at the heart of Becky’s practice beginning with Winncott’s ‘potential space’. Becky’s clinical work is both attachment and Jungian informed, believing it is about working alongside each other in relationship that allows a sense of trust and safety to be achieved. She particularly works with the use of story and storytelling, allowing the power of the archetypal language to provide a platform for growth and development. She believes that when there is an opportunity to explore new ways of being and chances to ‘step into another person’s shoes’ then perspective taking and empathy can be achieved; allowing a greater ability to look inwards. Becky’s style is very adaptable and as such is person centered, non-judgmental and recovery focused. She uses her creative tool kit to adapt the therapy to suit each individual which in turn encourages adaptability within whomever she works with.

As a Sesame trained Drama and Movement therapist, Becky works very much with the language of the body; recognising that it is often through body work; using movement and sensory exploration that the most insight and integration can occur.

Becky is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (No: AS01401) and a Member of the British Association of Dramatherapists (No: 2834)

Education and Qualifications

  • Advanced Diploma in Creative Arts Supervision Training 2004-2005

    Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

  • Post graduate Diploma in Drama & Movement Therapy 1998-1999

    Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

  • BA (Hons) in Performing Arts 2:1 1993-1996

    Middlesex University

Professional Development

  • Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) Basic Training

    Anna Freud Centre

  • Boundaries, Borders, Loyalty and Betrayal

    British Association of Dramatherapists Conference

  • Communicube - Multi Purpose Communication Tool Training

    Dr. John Casson/ British Association of Dramatherapists

  • Cultivating the Field – Innovation, Performance and Risk in Dramatherapy

    British Association of Dramatherapists Conference

  • Working with Personality Disorder: Raising Awareness Level Knowledge and Understanding Framework (Trainer Level)

    Institute of Mental Health, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

  • Introduction to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

    West London Mental Health Trust

  • Distress Signature Tool (Trainer Level)

    Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trusts – Rampton Hospital

  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy and its uses in Arts Therapies Treatment

    Stella Compton Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation trust

  • The role of Art Therapy in helping offenders with Anger issues

    Arts Therapies Forensic Conference – Institute of Psychoanalysis

  • Every Picture tells a Story

    International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy

  • Working with Self Harm

    South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

  • Working with Women in Secure Settings

    Inequality Agenda

  • ‘Destructive Whirlwind’ or ‘Crying out for Care?’ BPD in the In-patient Setting

    Dr Kingsley Norton West London Mental Health Trust

  • Critical Incident Stress Management

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

  • Introduction to Restorative Justice Practice in Mental Health

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Risk Assessments Trained in

  • HCR-20 V3 Assessing Risk for Violence Version 3

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

  • SAPROF Structured Assessment of Protective Factors for violence risk

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

  • VRS - Violence Risk Scale

    West London Mental Health Trust

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Amanda Brannan

Therapeutic Social Worker

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Amanda is a Social Worker with thirteen years’ experience of working within the Local Authority. Amanda started her career working in the Contact and Assessment Team where she worked with children and their families who were subject to Child in Need and Child Protection planning. Amanda has extensive experience of undertaking multiple and complex assessments of children’s needs and parental capacity as well as experience in emergency protection work to ensure the immediate safety of children.

Amanda has ten years’ experience working within a specialist team for children on the edge of care, providing assessment and intervention work for parents /carers and younger age children. Within this team Amanda has undertaken a wide range of assessment work and delivered specialist intervention work to support parents and children experiencing multiple and complex difficulties.

Amanda held the post of Senior Practitioner and then Practice Manager within the same service where she supervised and lead a team of Social Workers and child and family workers in embedding and delivering high quality intervention work with children and their families experiencing issues such as complex trauma, attachment difficulties, domestic abuse, drug and alcohol misuse and mental ill health.

Amanda is committed to supporting other peoples practice and has eight years’ experience delivering high quality reflective supervision, guidance and training to others.

Amanda has been at the forefront of supporting services develop in the areas of parent and child relationship interventions and held the practice lead role for Child and Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT).

Amanda is an enthusiastic and dedicated practitioner who has a specific interest in working with complex trauma and attachment difficulties. She has attended a range of training courses focussing on attachment and trauma informed approaches. More recently Amanda has undertaken further specific training and is working toward being a fully accredited practitioner in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). DDP is an attachment focused therapy developed by Daniel Hughes and Arthur Becket-Weildman. It is an evidence-based treatment for complex trauma and attachment difficulties. DDP is a family focused approach that incorporates a focus on relationships, attunement, intersubjectivity and sensitive responsiveness.

In her role in Beacon House as Therapeutic Social Worker, Amanda offers parenting interventions that incorporate the principles of DDP while working toward her full accreditation. In addition to this, Amanda offers therapeutic parenting interventions to adopters and foster carers. With Amanda’s experience working with young children, she also offers parent consultations about effective and sensitive parenting approaches which can support more positive behaviour in the child, and a greater emotional connection.

Education and qualifications

  • BA (Hons) English

    Chichester University

  • Diploma in Social Work

    University of Chichester 2004

  • Post Qualifying Award Level 1

    University of Chichester 2005

  • Post Qualifying Child Care Award

    University of Chichester 2007

  • Child Care award

    Chichester University 2007

Continued professional development

  • Mentalisation Based Approaches

    Dr Laura France – 2017

  • Applying Attachment Theory and Research to Risk Assessments and Supporting Families

    Professor David Shemmings – 2017

  • Boarderline Personality Disorder and Treatment

    Dr Lyons – 2017

  • Parenting with PACE

    Dr Daniel Hughes – 2015

  • Just What We Need – Group intervention

    2016

  • Narrative Work – Beyond the Transcript

    Dr Lyons – 2015

  • Attachment Informed Observation

    Dr Lyons – 2015

  • Attachment Based Practice with Adults

    Rebecca Carr-Hopkins – In Trac Associate 2015

  • Developing and Enhancing Child and Parent Attachments

    Dr Lyons – 2014

  • Keeping Things Safe and Helpful

    Dr Lyons – 2014

  • Promoting Attachment

    Dr Lyons ad Dr Taylor - 2014

  • Parental Trauma and Mental Health

    Dr Lyons – 2014

  • Childhood Trauma

    Dr Lyons - 2014

  • Attachment and the Neuroscience of the Brain

    Dr Margot Sunderland - 2011

Assessment Tools

  • Attachment Informed Observation

    Dr Lyons - 2015

  • PAMs

    Parent Assessment Manual (Dr Sue McGaw 2012)

  • Signs of Safety

    (Dr Andrew Turnell 2012)

  • NIMT

    (Neglect Identification and measurement tool)

Specialist Training

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy

    Julie Hudson - 2017

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Evelyn Cohen

Occupational Therapist

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Evelyn is an Occupational Therapist with extensive experience working in a variety of settings with children, young people and adults. She has worked within the health service, social services, and has many years experience working within education. She has worked in mental health, physical disability and learning disability settings.

Evelyn has a special interest in working with children and young people who have sensory processing difficulties, and helping them to function in the world and feel less stressed, better regulated and more at ease and happy.

She is a trained Sensory Integration practitioner, having trained in the modular pathway with Ulster University and the Sensory Integration Network. This allows her to formally assess, plan therapy (individual or group), and work with clients, parents/carers and professionals, to develop personalised and meaningful therapy programmes and ‘Sensory Diets’.

Evelyn is undergoing further training in Sensory Attachment Intervention (SAI), which uses an understanding of Attachment along with a Sensory Integration approach, in order to enable sensory regulation in those who have experienced neglect or trauma.

She has a lot of experience working with challenging behaviour, and with people with a diagnosis of Autism. She is equipped to work with varying levels of ability at all ages.

Evelyn also has experience in carrying out assessments for SEN tribunals, particularly with young adults in further education.

She is a highly skilled and committed therapist, with a compassionate and holistic approach, keen to achieve the best outcomes for her clients and their quality of life.

Education and Qualifications

  • London School of Occupational Therapy - 1976

    Diploma in Occupational Therapy (1976)

  • North East London Polytechnic - 1986

    Bachelor of Science degree in Further Studies in Occupational Therapy (1986). First class Honours. (1985-1986)

  • University of Ulster – 2013 and 2014

    Sensory Integration Practitioner training Module1 of Masters degree (2013). Module 2&3 of Masters degree (2014). Passed both with distinction to be a Certified Sensory Integration Practitioner

Continuing Professional Development includes

  • AMPS trained (2001, Advanced AMPS 2002)
  • SI training Modules 1 (pediatrics), (2007) and Module1 (Adults), (2008)–course only - not assignment
  • Management Matters Training – (2011)
  • Autism training – (2011)
  • Therapy Outcome Measure Training (2011)
  • Assignment part of Module 1 SI practitioner training course (2013)
  • Modules 2&3 SI practitioner training course (2014)
  • Sensory Attachment Intervention Training (SAI) (2017)
  • Next: Crittenden ‘Attachment and Psychopathology’ (Dec 2017)
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Paul Grixti

Psychotherapist and Accredited EMDR Practitioner

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Born in London, Paul was primary carer to his own children, moving to Sussex to raise them. From managing the rivers in Britain’s most rugged landscapes to the lakes on its most beautiful country estates, he re-trained as a humanistic counsellor and is now practices as a BACP accredited and registered counsellor and psychotherapist specialising in the treatment of trauma in both adults and children. Paul provided counselling  and managed school services in many West Sussex primary, secondary and special schools; and colleges for 7 years. Many of these schools were located in recognised areas of poverty and therefore Paul developed skills and passion for working with children and families who are had multi-layers challenges and complex needs. Many children and young people using the service were in care, fostered or adopted. Paul managed the counselling service for some very large secondary schools and academies and an SEBD (Social, Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties) school, and worked peripatetically with many others, counselling children and parents and chairing multi-agency meetings. Paul’s services were invited in at more than one school as a part of their “special measures” recommended by Ofsted to improve standards. Paul also lectures and mentors undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral students and delivers trainings to children’s homes and other services.

For the past eight years, Paul has worked in private practice and currently works across the Chichester and Cuckfield Beacon House branches. Paul continues to work with adults and children of all ages, and also with couples and families. He skilfully works with individuals of all ages, to help understand and address a wide range of mental health problems, including PTSD, childhood abuse, anxiety, low mood, behavioural problems, relationship conflict and the challenges of parenting troubled children.

Paul’s approach is eclectic, integrating different theoretical approaches and therapy tools. He has found that Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and/or Brainspotting can be a very effective approach, and he takes pride in being creative with how he draws on these approaches so that it feels like a good ‘fit’ for the client.  Being person-centred, Paul looks to work collaboratively with the client and their world, for an effective outcome.

Education and qualifications

  • Doctorate in Psychotherapy (Professional Studies) Candidate

    The Metanoia Institute/Middlesex University - Current

  • Brainspotting (Level I & II)

    Brainspotting UK – 2016

  • EMDR Child & Adolescent (Level I & II)

    EMDR Europe– 2013 & 2015

  • EMDR Accreditation

    EMDR Association (UK & Ireland) - 2013

  • EMDR (Pts I-IV)

    EMDR Works Ltd – 2009/10

  • BACP Accreditation & Registration

    British Association for Counsellors & Psychotherapists - 2010

  • Diploma Counselling (Humanistic)

    University of Chichester – 2009

  • Certificate Counselling (Humanistic)

    University of Chichester – 2005/6

  • Further Counselling Skills

    Relate, Brighton – 2004

  • Counselling Skills

    Relate, Brighton – 2004

  • BSc (Hons) incl Psychology

    The Open University – 2002

Continued professional development

  • EMDR for Perinatal Trauma, OCD and Morbid Jealousy

    Near West EMDR Regional Group UK – 2015

  • Ethical Framework Consultation – Supervision & Line Management

    BACP – 2014

  • Ethical Framework Consultation – Core Duties

    BACP – 2014

  • Sussex EMDR Group Talks

    Dr Robin Logie, Sian Morgan & Maeve Crowley – 2013

  • Dyslexia Tutor & Mental Health Workshop

    Randstad – 2012

  • Adolescent Lives and Suicidal Feelings

    Jonathan Bradley (Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust) – 2011

  • Assessment of Clients for Counselling

    Paul Smith (Chichester Counselling Services) – 2011

  • Supporting Grieving Children

    Marie Price (St Wilfred’s Hospice) - 2007

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Dr Kim Merrick

Clinical Psychologist

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Kim is an approachable, compassionate and experienced clinical psychologist who specialises in working with children, young people and their families. She is trained to carry out comprehensive assessments and provide evidence based therapeutic interventions. Her work is grounded in an understanding of child development and attachment theory. She uses a variety of therapeutic approaches to suit her clients, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR), and narrative and solution focused therapies. With children Kim often uses creative play including the use of drawings, sand trays, puppets and role play.

Kim is able to help with a wide variety of issues, including anxiety, panic, OCD, low self-esteem and mood, self-harm, stress, difficulties with sleep, toileting difficulties and behaviour. She has a particular interest in helping children and young people who have experienced or witnessed something frightening or traumatic, sometimes this is known as PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), complex trauma or attachment/relational trauma.

 Kim also works with parents and carers to help them to improve their understanding of their child’s behaviour and supports them to build better, more reflective and sensitive relationships with their children.

In her NHS role Kim works in a specialist service for children and families affected by complex issues, including mental health difficulties, substance misuse, domestic abuse and sexual risk.

Kim has undertaken assessments of children’s needs and given evidence as a witness in family court proceedings.

Kim is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL28759) and chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 158680).

Education and Qualifications

  • ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule)

    A diagnostic assessment tool for parents/carers for assessment of young people who present as being on the autistic spectrum. Great Ormond Street Hospital (3 days) 2016

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) Parts 1 and 2

    Richman EMDR Training (4 days) 2015

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)

    Salomons, Canterbury Christ Church University, 2009 - 2012

  • BSc in Psychology

    The University of Reading, 2002 - 2005

Professional Development

  • Mentalization-Based Treatment for Parents: Reflective Parenting

    Anna Freud Centre (2 days) 2017

  • Trauma-focused CBT for children and young people with PTSD

    With Dr David Tricky, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (1 day) 2015

  • Cognitive Therapy for PTSD to multiple events: working out where to start

    With Dr Pippa Stallworthy, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (1 day) 2015

  • Facilitating Learning in Supervision

    Canterbury Christ Church University (1 day) 2015

  • Court Work Skills

    East Sussex County Council (1 day) 2015

  • Parenting Neuroscience Intervention Conference

    Anna Freud Centre (1 day) 2014

  • Therapeutic Communication to Improve Behaviours of Challenging Children and Teenagers

    With Dr Margot Sunderland, East Sussex Foster Care Association (1day) 2014

  • Introduction to Sand Therapy

    Centre for Emotional Development (1 day) 2014

  • Eating Disorder Training Day

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (1 day) 2013

  • Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving (a treatment programme for people with personality difficulties)

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (2 days) 2013

  • New Supervisors’ Workshop

    Canterbury Christ Church University (2 days) 2013

  • Gender Identity Disorder

    Centre for Emotional Development (evening lecture) 2013

  • Introduction to Non-Violent Resistance

    Centre for Emotional Development (1 day) 2013

  • Working with Disabled Children in a Child Protection Context – 1 day.

    East Sussex County Council (1 day) 2013

  • Family Partnership Model

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (10 weeks) 2013

  • Witness Familiarisation

    Bond Solon (1 day) 2012

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Hamish Hill

Clinical Psychologist

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Hamish is a Clinical Psychologist who has been working with parents, carers, children and young people since 2009. Prior to joining the team at Beacon House, he held positions within specialist child and adolescent teams in Australia and in the UK.

Hamish has worked with a wide range of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress reactions, OCD, neurodevelopmental conditions (ADHD and ASC), chronic pain, psychosis, and personality disorders. In addition to his roles within child and adolescent mental health services, Hamish has previously worked in adult mental health, an organisation supporting refugees and asylum seekers, a telephone crisis line and family support teams.

In working with families, Hamish first seeks to develop a shared understanding of the concerns they bring to therapy, as well as agreeing on the goals and tasks of the work. While he often offers a confidential therapeutic space for young people, Hamish sees his role as involving parents and other supportive adults wherever possible. In the context of a safe therapeutic relationship, children, young people and their families are able to reconnect with their own capacities and strengths, as well as make use of ideas, practices and skills from evidence-based treatments. Hamish’s aim is to help families create the conditions which allow children and young people to recover and thrive.

Hamish draws on a range of therapeutic models in his work with families, including Mentalization-Based Therapy, Attachment-Focussed Family Therapy, Trauma-Focussed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. He also has an interest in practices that integrate psychotherapy with contemporary knowledge about the brain.

Hamish has also been involved in teaching, research and publications related to the training and supervision of psychologists and psychological therapists. He is registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (registration number PYL33168).

Education and Training

  • Clinical Psychology Registrar Program

    2-year programme of post-qualification supervised practice and training leading to endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist, completed at St George Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency / St George CAMHS, Sydney, Australia, Jan 2014 – Jan 2016

  • Master of Clinical Psychology

    2-year clinical training program leading to registration as a practitioner psychologist; University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia, Feb 2012 – Dec 2013

  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Honours

    1-year research degree satisfying requirements to enter clinical psychology training; Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, Feb – Dec 2011

  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology

    3-year undergraduate psychology course; Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 2008-2010

  • Graduate Diploma of Counselling

    Counselling diploma completed at the Australian College of Applied Psychology, Sydney, Australia, 2007-2010

  • Bachelor of Arts (Languages): History and French Studies

    Sydney University, Sydney, Australia and University of Provence Aix-Marseille I, Aix-en-Provence, France, 2003-2007

Professional Development

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP Level 1)

    Dan Hughes, Penpont, UK, May 2017 (4 days)

  • Mentalization-Based Therapy for Adolescents (MBT-A)

    Peter Fonagy and Trudie Rossouw, Anna Freud National Centre For Children and Families, London, UK, April 2017 (3 days)

  • Trauma-Focussed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Young People

    David Trickey; Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, London, February 2017 (2 days)

  • Exploring Together training for school-based early intervention program

    South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, Sydney, June 2015 (3 days)

  • Circle of Security-Parenting training – attachment-focused reflective parenting model.

    Glenn Cooper, Sydney, Australia, February 2014 (4 days)

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Workshop

    Specialist Psychological Services, Wollongong, Australia, December 2013 (1 day)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) workshop

    Russ Harris, Sydney, Australia, June 2012 (2 days)

  • Training for the parenting program Confident Carers, Cooperative Kids

    Mark Donovan, Wollongong, Australia, April 2012 (2 days)

  • Working with Refugee Communities; From Horror to Hope – Domestic Violence in Refugee Communities.

    University of New South Wales Centre for Refugee Research, Sydney, Australia, February 2010 (2 days)

  • Lifeline telephone crisis counselling training including ASIST suicide intervention training

    Lifeline, Sydney, Australia, February 2009 (10 days)

Research and publications

  • Gonsalvez, C. J., Brockman, R. and Hill, H., Video feedback in CBT supervision: review and illustration of 2 two specific techniques. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist. (Published online Oct 2016). DOI:10.1017/S1754470X1500029X.
  • Hill, H. R. M., Crowe, T. P., Gonsalvez, C. J. (2015). Reflective dialogue in clinical supervision: A pilot study involving collaborative review of supervision videos. Psychotherapy Research, DOI: 10.1080/10503307.2014.996795
  • Hill, H. R. M. (2014). Transitions to systemic practice for a clinical psychology trainee. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, (35:3), 277-290. DOI: 10.1002/anzf.1064
  • Rosen, A., McGorry, P. D., Hill, H. R. M., Rosenberg, S. P. (2012). The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority and mental health services: It is not a case of “one size fits all”, Medical Journal of Australia, 196(11), 675-677. DOI: 10.5694/mja12.10564
  • Mental Health Coordinating Council (2012). Implementing supervision practices in mental health community managed organisations in NSW. Lilyfield: Author.
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Jane Chugg-White

Psychological Therapist

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Jane brings to the team over twenty years’ experience of working in private practice; inpatient and outpatient settings with a wide variety of mental health difficulties in adults and adolescents. She has extensive experience in working with psychological trauma; and has a particular expertise in childhood sexual abuse.

Jane is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT); an Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) trained therapist; and she is also trained to offer Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT); Humanistic Integrative Counselling, and Transpersonal Perspectives within Psychotherapy.

Alongside her role at Beacon House Jane works for the Priory Hospital, where she has been for the past eleven years. She works within their complex trauma programme and continues to work extensively with adult and adolescent inpatients and outpatients suffering with either Simple or Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; offering a range of treatments including group work. Jane also has extensive experience both within the Priory and in private practice of working with depression, low self-esteem, and anxiety related issues.

Before her work at the Priory Hospital, Jane spent eight years with the Rape Crisis Centre offering counselling to rape survivors. She co- wrote and delivered the training package for prospective volunteers and during her time within Rape Crisis she was part of an advisory body to the Metropolitan Police at New Scotland Yard on rape and sexual assaults. This was primarily focussed on improving the treatment and services for victims of these crimes. As part of her rape crisis work Jane also supervised volunteers within the charity she was working within, as well as volunteers working for a local domestic violence charity. Jane also sat on the local council domestic violence forum and additionally engaged in related media work including writing several articles for magazines and related Television and Radio work.

From Rape Crisis she worked within the NHS as project co-ordinator for a pilot project to both raise awareness of domestic violence, and to introduce routine screening for domestic violence in A & E and Maternity Departments.

Jane has additionally worked within Canterbury Christchurch University as a Senior Lecturer as part of their Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme and within this training she also worked as Lead examiner and Clinical Supervisor.

Jane is accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP; Membership No.080863) and an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. (BACP; Membership No.550270)

Education and Qualifications

  • Post Graduate Diploma (with Merit) in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

    Canterbury and Christchurch University (2008)

  • Certificate in DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy)

    Behavioural Tech LLC (2006 – 2007)

  • Fully qualified practitioner in EMDR, Levels 1, 2 and 3

    EMDR INSTITUTE, INC. (2005 – 2006)

  • Certificate in Multi-Cultural Counselling for women and girls who have experienced violence.

    Women and Girls’ Network (2003)

  • Certificate of attendance in training for the ‘Duluth Minnesota Model’

    In working with survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence (2000)

  • Volunteer Training with Addaction (Drug and Alcohol agency)

    Addaction Brighton (1999)

  • Certificate in Telephone helpline counselling for survivors of Rape and/or childhood sexual abuse

    Rape And Sexual Abuse Support Centre (1999)

  • Volunteer training with Child line

    Child line London HQ (1997)

  • Certificate in Face-to-Face counselling for survivors of Rape and/or childhood sexual abuse

    Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (1995)

  • Diploma Humanistic Integrative Counselling (3yrs)

    (1992 – 1995)

  • Certificate in Transpersonal Perspectives in Counselling (3yrs)

    Centre for Transpersonal Psychology (1992 – 1995)

Professional Development

  • Working with Shame and Self-Loathing

    Janina Fischer (2014)

  • Living and Working with Dissociation

    Positive Outcomes for Dissociation Survivors (2014)

  • Working with Relational Trauma

    PODS Positive Outcomes for Dissociation Survivors (2014)

  • Compassion Focussed Therapy

    Dr Chris Irons (2013)

  • Compassion Focussed Therapy with Early Trauma and Attachment

    Dr Deborah Lee (2012)

  • Working with Anxiety Traps

    Dr Christine Padesky (2012)

  • Trauma across the Lifespan

    BABCP Spring Conference (2012)

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