Alli is an integrative child and adolescent psychotherapist who aims to make the therapeutic process accessible and welcoming to all of the children, young people and families who work with her. Her approachable manner aims to convey to her clients that they are valued and are working together as a team to bring about positive change for the individual and their family.

She has extensive experience of working with individuals age-ranges and in a variety of settings. She worked as a School Counsellor and therapist in the USA, where she had the opportunity to be exposed to the work of Dan Hughes. She has a particular interest in working with his Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy approach to exploring children’s needs and emotions, and relationships within families. The use of PACE is key to her work, with “playfulness” often the route to gaining trust in order to initiate deep and meaningful exploration of feelings.

Most of her work over the past two years has focused on developmental trauma. The families who she supports have often experienced complex emotional, relational and developmental difficulties, often resulting in complex needs and risks. She is committed to working as part of a multidisciplinary team, because she believes that it acknowledges the multi-faceted influences upon a client’s life and provides the greatest support to families.

Alli’s interventions may involve working with parents/carers independently, individual children/ young people or shared therapy sessions between all members of the family. At Beacon House Alli specialises in working with children who are adopted or those cared for by a special guardian.

Alli’s style of working is client-led, with therapeutic offerings including, play, sand tray, art and clay therapies, according to the individual’s interests. She will also often include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy activities, which may involve agreed meaningful homework tasks for either the individual or the family to consider between sessions.

Alli is a registered member of the BACP (membership  number 00766436).

Alli practices as a clinical supervisor. She has an OCN Certificate in Counselling Supervision and provides regular supervision sessions to other therapists. She also works as a Counselling Tutor for Cara Counselling Training at Worthing College. She values the privilege of supporting adult learners in their professional training.

Alli enjoys swimming in the sea all year!! She loves walking up the Downs. Spending time with her family and close friends. She loves to travel and explore new countries, with a particular fascination for Italy.

  • Level 1 Dyadic Developmental Practice, Psychotherapy and Parenting DDP
    The Open University, 2000
  • Certificate in Counselling Supervision
    OCN, London, 2016
  • Masters of Education in School Counselling
    Rivier College, New Hampshire, USA, 2010
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education
    The Open University, 2000
  • B.Ed Honours Education
    Roehampton Institute, London, 1982
  • Train the Trainer
    BACP, Peter Pearce, July 2020
  • The Impact of Lockdown
    DDP, Dan Hughes, May 2020
  • Difficult or Traumatised? In Therapy & the Education System
    BACP, Deborah Spratling, April 2020
  • Body Psychotherapy for Therapists
    Time Brown, Cara Counselling Training, July 2020
  • Child Protection in Schools 2.0
    NSPCC, February 2020
  • Prevent for Practitioners – Preventing Radicalisation & Violent Extremism
    Education & Training Foundation, February 2020
  • Dyadic Developmental Practice, Psychotherapy and Parenting Level 1
    DDP, February 2020
  • Trauma Training for Therapists
    Vajralila, Traumatologist, November 2019
  • Safeguarding Young People & Vulnerable Young Adults
    Mind Ed., October 2019
  • Supporting Children who have Experienced Early Years’ Trauma & Broken Attachments on Childhood Development
    Bill Aston, BACP, September 2019
  • Working at Relational Depth
    Mick Cooper, Cara Counselling Training, May 2019
  • BACP & CPCAB Diversity Symposium
    May 2019
  • Suicide Alertness Training
    GrassRoots, December 2018
  • CPCAB Standardisation Training Day
    October 2018
  • NSPCC Child Protection in School
    October 2018
  • BACP Children & Young People Conference
    February 2018
  • Eating Disorders
    Alison Bickers, Cara Counselling Training, November 2017