An attachment lens influences Jenny’s practice throughout – we all need to feel safe and understood in order to seek help to make changes. She is mindful that for children who have experienced developmental trauma, helping them to grow healthy attachment relationships can significantly improve their long-term physical and emotional health. However, this task of reparative therapeutic parenting is slow and challenging, as the child’s survival strategies are well-established due to a pervasive fear of trusting others. Through Jenny’s specialist training in dyadic developmental psychotherapy (DDP) and experience in using Theraplay techniques, she can be alongside parents, carers, children and young people in navigating these relational challenges.
Jenny prioritises the importance of forming genuine, trusting relationships with families. She offers an open and thoughtful space to help make sense of complex difficulties, sharing psychological ideas to help children and families consider whether the theory or models assist them to understand their own story or experience. Jenny is guided by the growing knowledge base around developmental trauma, impact upon the brain and body, attachment theory, resilience and mindfulness.
She has extensive experience of offering psychological consultation to a local authority children’s home for older young people. She has developed a highly flexible style of meeting the therapeutic needs of these young people e.g. direct sessions in or outside the home, joint with key workers, facilitated family sessions with birth parents or offered supervision to key residential staff who can then offer the mental health support to the young person directly. Jenny believes that providing emotional containment for care workers is key to establishing a safe and trauma-informed residential home.
Jenny’s other post-qualifying experience includes clinical lead for a Multi-Dimensional Treatment Foster Care project (an evidence based model for specialist therapeutic foster placements for young children in order to achieve permanency through adoption), training in Youth Mindfulness curriculum, 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.
Jenny is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL18942) and chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 78340).