Jane is an experienced therapist and educator. She is a therapeutic foster parent, qualified as a Therapeutic Life Story Work (TLSW) practitioner and trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) with Dr Daniel Hughes.

Jane previously worked as a college lecturer for 27 years, teaching (amongst other subjects) business management and travel & tourism, before finding her vocation in a pastoral care, safeguarding and intervention role within a specialist learning unit of the college for over a decade. Many of the young people Jane worked with had social, emotional, physical and learning difficulties.

After leaving this role, Jane combined her therapeutic tool kit and teaching skills to set up her own private practice in response to an increasing need for young people to find support with their attachment, emotional wellbeing and identity issues.

What Jane loves about Therapeutic Life Story Work is that it offers a practical and engaging approach which fully integrates the child in the process. It provides young people, and sometimes adults, with the opportunity to explore their history and develop understanding of their feelings, behaviours and cognitive processes.

The aim of Therapeutic Life Story Work is to enable rediscovery, reflection and an emotional repertoire to assist the client to unhinge from the destabilising effects of trauma and loss of the past. By having a comprehensive appreciation for what has gone before, one can make choices and changes to determine a positive way forward.

During her time in private practice Jane has delighted in researching, exploring and recording life stories with many people from as young as 7 years to 37 years old; each session is bespoke and as unique as the individual.

Jane offers group training, including the themes of therapeutic parenting, using PACE, introduction to DDP and playful interventions and story-telling with children. Audiences have included foster carers, adopters, social workers, local authority and education professionals. Jane also offers clinical supervision, support and guidance to new and established Therapeutic Life Story Work peers and trainees.

As a member of Therapeutic Life Story Work International (TLSWi) Jane attended the first international conference in Portugal in 2018 with peers from around the globe and more recently, in March 2020, a National Forum in Birmingham and during September 2020 an online skills day. Jane currently leads and facilitates the South/South East UK Support and Training Forum for therapeutic life story work professionals.

At Beacon House, Jane works as part of our multi-disciplinary team to offer therapeutic life story work and DDP. Jane highly values collaborative working and learning is something she is passionate about alongside holding the utmost respect for the work, values and commitment to young people held by all of the Beacon House Team.

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) 2
    November 2018
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) 1
    November 2017
  • Mental Health First Aid
    November 2017
  • Post Graduate Diploma – Therapeutic Life Story Work (Rose Model)
    July 2017
  • MA (Cert) in Education – Distinction
    July 2015
  • NCFE Level 2 Person Centred Counselling
    June 2014
  • Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills (QTLS)
    June 2014
  • BA(Hons) Professional Studies in Learning and Development – First class
    June 2013
  • British Sign Language (BSL) Level 1
    June 2008
  • Therapeutic Life Story Work
    South East Support and Training Forum, 2.5 hours, 2nd November 2020
  • Developmental Trauma for Professionals
    Beacon House, 12 hours online, October 2020
  • Emotional Regulation Training
    Beacon House, 6 hours online, October 2020
  • How to support your dysregulated child
    Beacon House, 3 hours online, October 2020
  • The new normal, supporting children in schools after Covid 19
    Beacon House, 3 hours online, October 2020
  • Therapeutic Life Story Work International Alumni Training Day
    5 hours, 19th September 2020
  • PACE Foundation Course in Child Exploitation
    1 day, 24th June 2020
  • Thrive
    6th March 2020, 6 x1 day sessions
  • Therapeutic Life Story Work International Alumni Training Day
    16th March 2020
  • Clinical Work with Children and Young People Who Are Violent and Self Harm
    Dr Ariel Nathanson, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist, 4th May 2019
  • Therapeutic Life Story Work forum training
    17th October 2019
  • Awakening Curiosity, Comfort and Joy; daily care and therapeutic interventions for the mistrustful child
    Workshop led by Dr Daniel Hughes, 29th January 2019
  • TLSW International Conference, Lisbon, Portugal
    3 days, May 2018
  • Prevent Training
    1 day, October 2017
  • Connect 5 uses the framework of the Five Ways to Wellbeing and the 5-area cognitive behavioral model and underpins the principle of ‘Making Every Contact Count’
    2 days, July 2017
  • Applying Abuse Focused Techniques used in Child Sexual Abuse Work
    24th July 2017
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training – ASIST
    2 days, July 2017
  • Safeguarding and Child Sexual Exploitation
    1 day, July 2016