Lucy is a calm, kind and fun Creative Arts Psychotherapist and offers a different unique way for children and young people to express themselves. She brings a wealth of experience having worked in mainstream and special educational schools, alternative education provisions, CAMHS and in private practice.  Lucy supports children and young people to find creative ways to communicate and to express themselves, which might include feelings or experiences they may find hard to put into words.

Lucy is committed to help understand and support children to give them the freedom to set their own pace to achieve happiness and empowerment. She supports children to find their own creative ways of working that is right for them. She gives them the opportunity to face their fears with bravery in a safe confidential space. Lucy also invites them to experience the freedom to laugh and to play alongside the work of the difficult issues they may be facing.

Lucy draws on her qualifications as a registered Dramatherapist and DDP Practitioner in Training and has a special focus on adoption and foster care issues derived from her own personal experiences. She supports and collaborates with children who have been fostered, adopted and are under special guardianship and their parents/carers individually and together.  Lucy specialises in working with children who are impacted by developmental trauma that is informed by the DDP model to enable children and their families to have the best possible relationship with each other.  She uses a therapeutic parenting approach to support children to work through painful and traumatic life events. Much like family therapy, the work focuses on enhancing and strengthening family connections and relationships. Lucy supports children to make sense of things that have happened in their past to allow them to move forward into the next chapter of their lives.

Lucy also supports parents and carers to feel more fulfilled in their parental role, and collaboratively they work together to improve the quality of their family’s interactions on a daily basis. She invites parents to be more empathic, attuned and playful in the sessions. Lucy is very passionate about her work and has extensive experience of the everyday challenges that adopted children and their families may face.

My personal value: celebrating diversity; creating equity; and promoting a culture of inclusiveness where everyone feels valued and supported to be themselves and to do their best work has been woven through all of my work practice.

Lucy loves going to the cinema, sea swimming, attempting to sing (behind closed doors only), cooking and most of all she loves being by the sea.

  • EMDR Part 3
    EMDR Europe, 11th and 12th of February 2022
  • EMDR Part 2
    EMDR Europe, 15 hours, 3rd and 4th of December 2021
  • EMDR Part 1
    EMDR Europe, 22 hours, September 11th 2021
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Level 2 
    The Centre for Emotional Development, Brighton, 2019
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Level 1
    The Centre for Emotional Development, Brighton, 2019
  • MA Dramatherapy
    Roehampton University, 2015
  • Advanced (Level 2) Child & Adolescent  EMDR training
    Child Trauma Therapy Centre, 30th November 2022 – 2nd December 2022
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Training
    Roshmi Lovatt, 28th January 2023
  • Working with children and young people: Accumulative trauma and EMDR
    EMDR Sussex, 6 hours, 18th September 2021
  • Mistakes of the Heart: Repairing therapeutic rupture
    Janina Fisher – PESI UK, 6.5 hours, 26th July 2021
  • Masterclass: A is for adoption – stories & experiences
    The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, 1 hour, 21st July 2021
  • Trauma and Attachment: Critical insights into the neurobiology of healing trauma and attachment during times of stress
    PESI UK, 2.5 hours, May 2021
  • Releasing Trauma: How our bodies play a part in releasing trauma, and how to go about helping the process with children and young people
    Webinar with Dan Hughes and Family Futures, May 2021
  • Trauma and Attachment: Critical insights into the neurobiology of healing trauma and attachment during times of stress
    PESI UK, 9 hours, 21st May 2021
  • The Power of the Senses; re-building sensory systems and supporting regulation in children impacted by early trauma
    Beacon House Online Training, 6 hours, May 2021
  • Compassionate inquiry master class: A powerful approach for healing and anxiety, addictions ADHD and more
    Gabor Mate, PESI UK, 8 hours, 14th April 2021
  • Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Dissociative Disorders (SCID-D)
    Remy Aquerone, The Pottergate Centre, 25th January 2021, 22nd February 2021 and 22nd March 2021
  • Developing attachments: Family Therapy examples part 3: Parents 
    Dan Hughes, 2 hours, December 2020
  • Dealing with distress: Working with suicide and self-harm
    Carolyn Spring, 6 hours, December 2020
  • Working with Dissociative Disorders in clinical practice – online training
    Carolyn Spring, 6 hours, December 2020
  • Child sexual abuse: Hope for healing – online training
    Carolyn Spring, 6 hours, November 2020
  • Developing attachments: Family therapy examples part 2: Children
    Dan Hughes, 2 hours, October 2020
  • Parent/carer seminar – how to support your dysregulated child
    Beacon House Online Training, 4 hours, September 2020
  • Supporting children return to the new normal in schools
    Beacon House Online Training, 3 hours, September 2020
  • Emotional regulation in children and young people
    Beacon House Online Training, 6 hours, September 2020
  • Developmental trauma for professionals
    Beacon House Online Training, 12 hours, August 2020
  • Trauma masterclass: The art of trauma treatment
    Dr Kathrin Stauffer, Kate Brown and Tony Buckley, June 2020
  • Developing attachments: Family therapy examples part 1: Adolescents
    Dan Hughes, 2 hours, May 2020
  • The healing power of imagination in impossible situations: Working with loss, grief and trauma with creative methods
    Professor Mooli Lahad, May 2020
  • Numbing the pain: Making the link between childhood trauma & addiction
    Christiane Sanderson, February 2020
  • Intimacy – The impact of attachment on adult relationships
    Lindy Cundy & Jenny Ridell, September 2019
  • The counsellors toolbox when working with shame: Exercises to break the silence of shame & build shame resilience
    Christiane Sanderson, April 2019
  • Speaking through the skin: Self harm & it’s meanings
    Anna Motz, July 2018
  • EMDR: The breakthrough therapy
    Siam Morgan, November 2018
  • Shame in the therapy hour
    Christiane Sanderson, November 2018
  • Working with ‘hard to reach’ individuals in counselling
    Dr Maggie Turp, November 2018
  • Working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse
    Christiane Sanderson, February 2018
  • Looked after children & attachment
    Karen Eastwood, January 2018
  • The British Association of Dramatherapists Conference
    September 2016
  • The British Association of Dramatherapists Conference
    September 2014
  • Arts therapies forensic conference
    June 2015