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).

  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services
    The Learning Station, January 2020 – January 2021
  • Mentalization Based Treatment
    Anna Freud Centre, three days, June 2017
  • Advanced Attachment-Focussed EMDR for Complex Trauma
    Laurel Parnell, CCPE London, three days, 2015
  • Attachment and Psychopathology, a three day course on the Dynamic Maturational Model of attachment
    Tavistock Clinic, London, by Patricia Crittenden, 2014
  • Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) – Initial Training Course Attachment and Psychopathology, a three day course on the Dynamic Maturational Model of attachment
    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
  • Story Stem Attachment Assessment Profile Training
    The Anna Freud Centre, London, 2014
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) – Level 1
    An attachment-focussed therapy for traumatised children and their carers. Family Futures, 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
  • SCT & Trauma Workshop
    SCTRI Online, one hour, 21st October 2020
  • Drop In SCT Group
    Systems Centred Training UK, one hour, 16th October 2020
  • Foundations of Systems Centred Training & Large Groups
    Systems Centred Training UK, five days, 14th -18th September 2020
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead Refresher
    West Sussex Services for Schools, 3 hours, 23rd July 2020
  • Safeguarding Adults Training
    East Sussex Adult Social Care Training Team, 3 hours, 21st July 2020
  • Supporting children, young people and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic (webinar)
    NSPCC, June 2020
  • Beyond just survival: building attuned systems to work with emotional distress and traumatised states
    Systems Centred Training, 8th and 9th June 2020
  • The Neuroscience of Therapeutic Attachment
    Linda Graham, 2 hours, 29th January 2020
  • Safer recruitment training
    High Speed Training, November 2019
  • Preventing Radicalisation and Violent Extremism
    High Speed Training, 3 hours, November 2019
  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan
    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton, one day, May 2019
  • Designated Safeguarding Officer (Level 3)
    High Speed Training, April 2019
  • Advanced Workshop: DID, BPD and / or C-PTSD? Diagnostic Assessment and therapeutic Implications
    With Dr Suzette Boon, March 2019
  • An Introduction to Sensory Attachment Intervention with Éadaoin Bhreathnach
    1 Day Workshop, December 2018
  • The Art of Stress Management with Éadaoin Bhreathnach
    1 Day Workshop, December 2018
  • A Comprehensive, Mind-Body Approach to Treating Clients with Chronic, Repeated, and/or Developmental Trauma
    Webinar with Dr Arielle Schwartz, 29 November 2018
  • International Trauma Recovery Summit
    Belfast, 27th & 28th June 2018
  • Trauma and Attachment Congress
    New York 20th, 21st & 22nd October 2017
  • Dissociative Disorders, Phase Oriented Therapy for Complex Trauma-related Disorders
    Dr Suzette Boon, London, 2017, two days
  • Assessment of Dissociative Symptoms and Disorders
    Dr Suzette Boom, NScience, one day, October 2016
  • Dan Hughes Masterclass
    Centre for Emotional Development, October 2016
  • The EMDR Toolbox: Methods for Treating Complex PTSD & Dissociative Personality Structure
    Jim Knipe, London, one day, 2016
  • Tansdiagnostic approach to treating complex trauma
    Dr Tim Dalgleish, London, one day, April 2016
  • Working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse
    London, one day, March 2016
  • Protecting Babies: Dilemmas, risks and supporting change
    Tavistock Centre, one day, January 2015
  • Unleash Your EMDR with Dr Laurel Parnell 
    EMDR UK & Ireland, three days, September 2015
  • 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 Éadaoin Bhreathnach, two days, 2015
  • Therapeutic Techniques for Communicating with Children who are Fostered & Adopted
    Family Futures, one day, June 2015
  • Signs of Safety
    A solution-focussed and safety-oriented approach to child protection risk assessment & intervention, 2014
  • Attachment & Psychopathology 
    Tavistock Centre, November 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
  • Trauma & Dissociation with Valerie Sinason
    AGIP (Association for group and individual psychotherapy), November 2012
  • 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
  • 2 Day Induction for New Supervisors Workshop for the Clinical Psychology Training Programme
    Salomons, Canterbury, two days, January 2009
  • Solution Focussed Therapy with families and individuals
    Brief, London, 2007 and 2008
  • Playful Approaches to the Serious Problems of Children, Their Families & Communities with David Epston
    Brighthelm Centre, October 2008
  • What is a Good Question? An Intensive Workshop Exploring the Craft of Narrative Enquiry with David Epston
    Brighthelm Centre, October 2008