The Team

Office Team

Karen Greaney

Finance Officer

Lyn Marsh

Team Secretary

Rebecca Robertson

Referrals Coordinator

Sam Lee

Accounts Assistant

Jo Glenn

Receptionist

Jane Watson

Team Secretary

Ann Cooksley

Referrals Coordinator

Leadership Team

Dr Shoshanah Lyons

Clinical Psychologist │ Clinical Director

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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).

Education and Qualifications

  • Mentalization Based Treatment

    Anna Freud Centre, June 2017 (three days)

  • Advanced Attachment-Focussed EMDR for Complex Trauma

    Laurel Parnell, CCPE London (3 days, 2015)

  • Attachment and Psychopathology

    A three day course on the Dynamic Maturational Model of attachment at the Tavistock Clinic, London, by Patricia Crittenden (2014)

  • Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) – Initial Training Course

    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)

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) – Level 1

    An attachment-focussed therapy for traumatised children and their carers. Family Futures, London (2013)

  • Story Stem Attachment Assessment Profile Training

    The Anna Freud Centre, 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)

Professional Development

  • 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)

  • Dan Hughes Masterclass

    Centre for Emotional Development, October 2016

  • The EMDR Toolbox: Methods for Treating Complex PTSD & Dissociative Personality Structure

    Jim Knipe, London 2016 (two days)

  • Tansdiagnostic approach to treating complex trauma

    Dr Tim Dalgleish, London (1 day), April 2016

  • Working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse

    London (1 day), March 2016

  • 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 Eadouin Bhreathnach, (two days, 2015)

  • Signs of Safety

    A solution-focussed and safety-oriented approach to child protection risk assessment & intervention (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)

  • 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)

  • Solution Focussed Therapy with families and individuals

    Brief, London, 2007 and 2008

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Jayne Hemming

Service Manager

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Jayne has been a qualified social worker for more than 25 years. Her practice experience in this role covers children in need, children looked after and working with foster carers and adopters. However her specialist area of work for more than 5 years was as a duty and assessment social worker and particularly the investigation of child protection concerns.

Jayne has been a manager in a range of children’s services settings across the past 20 years including duty and assessment teams, a domestic abuse project, family centres, children’s centres, early years settings and early help initiatives. Her role for the past 4 years has been to develop, manage and lead a local authority therapeutic intervention service which works with parents and carers of children primarily under the age of 12 years. Offering a range of interventions to parents/carers and children who have social care child in need, child protection and court based care plans; the interventions were underpinned by an approach to working with children and their families which was child focused, based in attachment theory and fully considered parental and child relationship trauma, neuro-science/brain development and child development.

Whilst working with families Jayne has developed an increasing sense of the importance of considering and responding to adult mental health needs. She recognises the great benefits of providing joined up and effectively coordinated services for adults to the benefit of whole family networks. Similarly, Jayne is ever mindful of the impact of trauma on adults and has a real interest in supporting adults to find trauma services and therapies that will provides them with meaningful opportunities to repair and heal.

Jayne has a strong commitment to safeguarding and child protection and in her role as Service Manager at Beacon House she is the safeguarding lead and designated child protection officer for the organisation.

Jayne works with families in an open and honest manner and believes in a holistic and multi-agency shared approach to supporting children and their family network to build resilience and address identified difficulties. Jayne believes that the starting point for change is the premise that parents and carers want good outcomes for their children, know their children best and have resources and capacity to address issues if they are given timely support to reflect on how things might be different, what this would look like and what might achieve these aims.

In her role as Service Manager at Beacon House, Jayne works closely with the Clinical Director, Dr Lyons, to coordinate new referrals; oversee and bring together the day to day running of the Beacon House service; coordinate and contribute to the duty cover in respect of urgent enquires and complaints; liaise with members of child networks as a central representative of Beacon House; oversee the running of the Beacon House office; administrative team and premises and support the Beacon House staff team to maintain its provision of high quality and responsive attachment and trauma based interventions.

Jayne is responsible for and passionate about providing a nurturing environment for the users of Beacon House services. With this in mind she aims to maintain premises, facilities and a team response that is always pleasant and welcoming.

Jayne is a social worker registered with the Health Care and Professions Council number – SW79245 and a member of the British Association of Social Workers.

Education and Qualifications

  • BA Honours Degree – Social Administration

    Brighton University – 1986

  • Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW) and Diploma in Applied Social Studies

    Southampton University – 1989

  • Practice Teachers Award

    Southampton University – 1995

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Social Services Management

    Brighton University – 2000

  • WSCC – various supervision, safeguarding/child protection and practice oversight courses

    2000 – 2010

  • WSCC - various internal training in Signs of Safety

    2013 – 2016

  • 2 day Foundation course on Attachment Theory

    Rebecca Carr-Hopkins – 2014

  • WSCC – various internal training courses on working with Attachment and Trauma

    Dr Shoshanah Lyons – 2014 – 2016

  • 3 day – Attachment based Practice with Adults

    Rebecca Carr-Hopkins – 2015

Professional Development

  • Managing Safely (4 days)

    IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health), 27th – 30th August 2019

  • Designated Safeguarding Officer (Level 3)

    High Speed Training, July 2019

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)

  • Level One DDP (4 days)

    Julie Hudson, Family Futures. January 2017

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Dr Kathryn Whyte

Clinical Psychologist | Child & Family Clinical Lead for Chichester

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Kathryn is a senior Chartered Clinical Psychologist, with 15 years of specialist CAMHS practice. She has extensive experience working with children and young people who have lived through developmental trauma (and who are looked after (CLA) or adopted from care). Alongside working therapeutically with families, one of the aspects of professional practice that Kathryn particularly enjoys and values is developing and delivering therapeutic groups, trainings, conferences and workshops for parents/carers, social workers, teachers and youth workers.

As a Clinical Psychologist Kathryn has been trained in a number of different therapy models. As a child and family practitioner specializing in work with children who have experienced developmental trauma, her focus is often on relationships and attachments as a source of support and resilience for children, young people and families. There is very strong evidence to suggest that growing or strengthening healthy attachment relationships can make a significant difference to children’s thoughts, feelings, behaviour and long term emotional and physical health.

As a child and family psychologist, a parent and school governor, Kathryn knows that children need to feel safe, understood and accepted to start to make changes when things are difficult. Her approach is to be curious about all parts of a child’s life and to accept their interests and passions alongside the things that they, or other people, are finding difficult.

Kathryn’s specialist, post-qualifying experience includes dyadic developmental psychotherapy (DDP), solution focused therapy, sensory attachment interventions, 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.

Kathryn’s assessments and therapeutic work will always include listening to everyone in the child’s family and network to understand a child’s needs; a focus on relationships across home, school and communities as the milieu for change; thinking about mind, body and brain and an emphasis on restoring strength and stability in the context of what is already going well. In the room with children Kathryn is as likely to play a game, sing a song or draw alongside them as sit and take notes – her priority is to make a relationship that will be the context for change.

Kathryn is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL22226) and chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 84300).

Education and Qualifications

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Levels 1,2,3 (Adults with Child components)

    Richman EMDR Training (8 days, 2013 & 2014)

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Level 2

    Dan Hughes & Kim Golding (4 days, 2012)

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Level 1 (revised and updated)

    Dan Hughes (4 days, 2011)

  • The Attachment Style Interview (ASI) Administration/Accreditation training

    Lifespan Research Group (2006, 4 days)

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Level 1

    Dan Hughes (4 days, 2001)

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (ClinPsyD)

    University of Birmingham (1998- 2001)

  • BSc. Combined Studies: Psychology with Languages

    Manchester Metropolitan University (1993-1996)

Professional Development

  • Designated Safeguarding Officer (Level 3)

    High Speed Training, July 2019

  • Mentalization Based Therapy for Families

    The Anna Freud Centre, London May-July 2019 (3 ½ days)

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)

  • The Art of Stress Management with Éadaoin Bhreathnach

    1 Day Workshop, December 2018

  • Safeguarding Children Safeguarding Adolescents

    West Sussex, 2018

  • Sussex LSCB Safeguarding Adolescents Conference

    26/11/2018

  • International Trauma Recovery Summit, Belfast

    27th & 28th June 2018

  • Multi-agency Safeguarding Training (introduction to the MASH)

    WSCC (1 day, 2015)

  • Level 3 safeguarding for CAMHS (CSE focus)

    SPFT (1 day, 2015)

  • Signs of Safety

    A solution-focussed and safety-oriented approach to child protection risk assessment & intervention (1 day, 2014)

  • Clinical risk assessment for CAMHS

    SPFT (1 day, 2014)

  • Level 3 safeguarding for CAMHS (FII focus)

    SPFT (1 day, 2013)

  • Using the ACC in Clinical Practice

    Michael Tarren-Sweeney (2011, 2 days)

  • Sensory Attachment Interventions Introductory level

    Eadaoin Bhreathnach (2009, 2 Days)

  • Matching Adopters to Children

    WSCC Adoption Team February 2006 (2 days)

  • Solution focused brief therapy Level 1

    Brief Therapy Practice (2003, 4 days)

  • Working Effectively with Children and Young People: combining collaborative child focused family therapy and solution focused approaches.

    Institute if Family Therapy (Matthew Selekman and Jim Wilson) (2002, 3 days)

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Dr Laura France

Clinical Psychologist | Adult & YOS Clinical Lead

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Dr Laura France is the Clinical Lead for Adult Services at Beacon House. She also leads the Beacon House provision to the Youth Offending Service across West Sussex. Laura works across the Cuckfield and Chichester clinic sites, in addition to providing outreach services to Residential Care settings for young people in care.

Laura brings to Beacon House ten years’ experience of working in the NHS, the past seven of which have been based in the forensic specialty. In addition to her work for Beacon House, Laura consults to the National Probation Service as part of the National Offender Personality Disorder Pathway.

Laura works with adolescents (13+, and with specialist expertise in care-leavers) and adults. Her main area of expertise is trauma, which includes ‘Developmental Trauma’ in adolescents, and ‘Personality Disorder’ and ‘Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder’ in adults. Laura’s work is divided in to two main categories:

Adolescents and adults in psychological distress:

  • Diagnostic assessment for Personality Disorder.
  • Therapeutic needs assessment and therapeutic intervention for individuals with a diagnosis of Personality Disorder.
  • Assessment and intervention for attachment trauma and developmental trauma in adolescents.
  • Assessment an intervention for Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in adults.

Individuals expressing risky or offending behaviours:

  • Forensic Risk Assessment and Management for adolescents (13+) and adults with psychological disturbance, including violent and sexually violent behaviours.
  • Assessment and therapeutic intervention for high risk behaviours associated with psychological disturbance in adolescents (13+) and adults.
  • Assessment of risk in parents with and the likelihood of harm to children, specifically, mothers with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder, and fathers with criminal convictions.
  • Consultation to Multi-Agency Networks supporting adolescent (13+) and adult offenders – complex cases.
  • Expert Witness services to the Criminal and Family Courts; and to Oral Parole Board Hearings.

Laura’s therapeutic approach is rooted in a detailed understanding of the attachment experiences of the individual. Her treatment model is integrative; primarily Mentalization-Based Therapy, drawing upon Cognitive-Behavioural principles where indicated, and including Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing for the treatment of trauma.

The Recovery Model is at the centre of all of Laura’s work, meaning that her focus is on integrating psychological difficulties in to the individual’s life narrative, and moving forwards towards a life that is safe, and truly meaningful and fulfilling to the individual.

Laura is registered Health and Care Professions Council (No: PYL26452) and is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (No: 162930).

Professional Development

  • Criminal Exploitation and Gangs

    Sussex Police & St Giles Trust, Monday 30th September 2019

  • Advanced Safeguarding Children

    High Speed Training, June 2019

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)

  • Advanced Workshop: DID, BPD and / or C-PTSD? Diagnostic Assessment and therapeutic Implications

    With Dr Suzette Boon, March 2019

  • EMDR Europe Accredited Training

    Dr Manda Holmshaw, EMDR Extra 2017

  • Attachment and Psychopathology

    Patricia Crittenden, The Tavistock Centre London 2nd December 2016 – 4th December 2016

  • EMDR Europe Accredited Training

    Dr Manda Holmshaw, EMDR Extra 21st February 2017 – 23rd February 2017

  • Attachment and Psychopathology

    Patricia Crittenden, The Tavistock Centre London 2nd December 2016 – 4th December 2016

  • Mentalization-Based Treatment: Basic Training

    The Anna Freud Centre / University College London 11th April 2016 – 13th April 2016

  • Multi-Agency Approaches in the Management of Personality Disordered Offenders

    British Psychological Society, Faculty of Forensic Clinical Psychology October 2015

  • Antisocial: Understanding the development and maintenance of antisocial behaviour

    The Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences at King’s College London June 2014

  • Critical Incident Stress Management

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust December 2013

  • HCR-V3

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust July/August 2013

  • Back to the Future: Psychoanalytic Understanding of the Impact of Traumatic Experience

    The Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust July 2013

  • CBT for Psychosis

    Manchester University, Professor Tony Morrison July 2013

  • Psychodynamic Work with Personality Disorder

    The Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust July 2011

  • Arson: Theory, Assessment and Intervention

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust April 2011

  • Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)

    Ministry of Justice National Offender Management Service April 2011

  • Forensic and Clinical Aspects of Adult Autism

    St Andrews Healthcare March 2011

  • The VRS: Evidence-based, standardised risk assessment, risk reduction and outcome measurement

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust November 2011

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Ruth Stephens

Paediatric Occupational Therapy Clinical Lead

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Ruth Stephens is an innovative and pioneering Occupational Therapist who leads our specialist OT team. After specialising in working with children since 2004, Ruth now focuses on working with adopted children who have sensory processing and attachment difficulties, providing therapy and support to them and their families.

Ruth has undertaken extensive training courses on Sensory Integration and been trained in the Sensory Attachment Intervention model which focuses on the link between sensory processing and attachment with child and primary care-givers. Her special interest is in working with adopted and looked after children who have difficulties with regulating their sensory and emotional state, believing that sensory processing underpins many other necessary life skills. She has also been trained to level 1 in “Theraplay” ® as well as holding certificates in counselling skills. As an adoptive parent herself and prior to that a foster carer, Ruth brings insight into living with a child who has attachment difficulties. She also has specialist training in working with other important aspects of daily life for children such as feeding and handwriting difficulties.

Ruth has a wide and varied experience working with children at both mainstream and special schools who have sensory processing issues, co-ordination difficulties, as well as ADHD and Autism. She is equipped to work with all ages and varying levels of ability, providing assessment and on-going individual and group therapy and values working in a multi- disciplinary team. Ruth has wide experience in carrying out assessments for SEN tribunals.

Ruth has worked at a well-known children’s practice in central London and has also worked as an OT at Child Development Centres in Crawley and West Kent as well as a number of special schools. Prior to Managing the OT service at Beacon House, Ruth has developed and run her own company: Optima therapy, which provided a service to several local special schools, mainstream schools, adoption agencies and individuals. Ruth has helped with and taken a team to assist a charity which provides support and special education to an orphan care project in Romania

Ruth has been practicing as an HCPC registered OT since qualifying in 1985, initially working with adults in almost all specialties of Occupational Therapy besides having a break to raise her family.

Education and qualifications:

  • Sensory Attachment Intervention Module two

    Working towards SAI Accreditation - 2017

  • Sensory Integration Module 3

    Western Psychological Services - 2015

  • Theraplay ® Level 1

    Post Adoption Centre - 2014

  • Sensory Integration Module 2

    Western Psychological Services - 2014

  • Sensory Integration Module 1

    University of Ulster: 30 Masters Credits - 2013

  • Sensory Attachment Intervention Module 1

    2013

  • Certificate in Counselling skills

    Open College Network - 2008

  • Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapy

    Nothumbria University - 1985

Continuing Professional Development includes:

  • Advanced Safeguarding Training

    High Speed Training, June 2019

  • The Meaning of the Child Interview training 2019

    Roehampton University, Dr Ben Grey & Juliet Kesteven

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)

  • Safeguarding Children

    WS Safeguarding Children Board

  • International Trauma Recovery Summit

    Belfast, 27th & 28th June 2018

  • SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory)

    Feeding approach - 2016

  • Attachment and Psychopathology

    Dr P Crittenden - 3 day training - 2016

  • Just Right State Course

    Sensory Attachment Intervention - 2015

  • Handwriting Without Tears

    2014

  • Treatment of children with handwriting difficulties

    Sidney Chu - 2010

  • Jump Ahead training - a specialist school based therapy led intervention programme for children with DCD

    West Sussex County Council - 2006

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Dr Jenny Mount

Clinical Psychologist | Child & Family Clinical Lead for Cuckfield

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Jenny is a Clinical Psychologist with 14 years’ experience of working in a specialist child and adolescent mental health team for children who are looked after, placed in residential care or adopted. She has extensive experience of working with social services to support foster carers, adoptive parents, social workers and schools to provide trauma-informed care across home and school.

Jenny is passionate about improving the emotional, social and educational outcomes for children and young people. She seeks to listen carefully to everyone in the family and network, including the child or young person, to gain as thorough as possible an understanding of the strengths and challenges in the child’s life at that time.

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).

Education & professional qualifications

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Levels 1,2,3 (Adults with Child components)

    Richman EMDR training (8 days), 2017

  • Youth Mindfulness Kids Programme

    Teacher training course (5 days), 2017

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Level 1 (revised and updated)

    Dan Hughes (4 days), 2011

  • Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care Prevention (MTFC-p)

    Oregon USA (5 days), 2007

  • Attachment Style Interview for Adoption and Fostering training (ASI-AF)

    Lifespan Research Group (4 days), 2006

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Level 1

    Dan Hughes (4 days), 2005

  • Doctorate in Clinical and Community Psychology (DClin Psy)

    University of Exeter (3 years), 2002

  • Certificate in Family Therapy

    University of Bristol (1997-98)

  • BSc Honours degree in Psychology

    University of Bristol (1993-96)

Professional Development

  • Ana Gomez: The World of Stories and Symbols - an introduction to the EMDR Sandtray Protocol; Intergenerational Trauma

    An attachment based EMDR Programme to work with children and their parents (2019, 2 days)

  • Designated Safeguarding Officer (Level 3)

    High Speed Training (2019, 1 day)

  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (2018, 2 days)

  • EMDR Association UK and Ireland Annual Conference

    Ana Gomez: Complex Trauma presentations (2018, 1 day)

  • Safeguarding Children level 3 specialist

    SPFT (2018, 1 day)

  • Chelsea’s choice (a play tackling child sexual exploitation in schools)

    Alter Ego Creative Solutions Ltd (2017, 1 day)

  • Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

    Mindful Academy Eu - Claire Griffin (2017, 8 week)

  • Foundation level training in raising awareness of needs of Complex Trauma clients

    Maeve Crowley, SPFT (2016, 1 day)

  • A solution-focussed and safety-oriented approach to child protection risk assessment & intervention

    Signs of Safety, (2016, 1 day)

  • Dan Hughes Masterclass

    Centre for Emotional Development (2016, 1 day)

  • Trauma-focussed CBT

    Variety of lead professionals nationally working with adults, unaccompanied refugees and children including Nick Lake, Deborah Lee and David Tricky, SPFT (2014, 5 days)

  • Full Facilitator Systems Training for Emotion Predictability Problem Solving (STEPPS)

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (2014, 4 days)

  • A Logical Way of Being: Dissociative Disorders and Complex Trauma

    First Person Plural, Brighton (2013, 1 day)

  • Outcomes conference of UK pilot sites of MTFC-P

    Amsterdam (2009, 3 days)

  • Contact in Permanence Conference

    West Sussex County Council (2008, 1 day)

  • AIM level 1 - identifying and assessing harmful sexualised behaviour in children

    West Sussex County Council (2007, 1 day)

  • The Burden of Shame and Guilt

    Centre for Child Mental health (2007, 1 day)

  • Outcome measures for LAC linked to CORC

    National Specialist interest group for Clinical Psychologists working in LAC (2007, 1 day)

  • Advanced Supervisors Workshop, Clinical Formulation – Child and Family

    University of Surrey (2006, 2 days)

  • Jim Wilson - family therapy and narrative approaches

    University of Southampton (2005, 1 day)

  • Domestic Violence Study Day

    East Sussex NHS Trust (2004, 1 day)

  • Clinical psychology supervisors training

    South Thames course (2004, 2 days)

  • Introduction to Psychodynamic Concepts: A workshop for Clinical Psychologists

    Tavistock Clinic, London (2002, 5 days)

Publications

  • Mount, J, Lister, A. and Bennun, I. (2004) Identifying the mental health needs of looked after young people

    Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 9 (3): 363-382

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Clinical Team

Dr Holly Tonge

Clinical Psychologist

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Holly is a warm and dedicated Clinical Psychologist who brings to Beacon House over ten year’s experience of working in mental health services across the life span. Holly seeks to work collaboratively with individuals and families to understand their psychological needs and support them to bring about positive change.

Holly has spent a significant proportion of her career working with children, young people and their families in various settings including general Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHSs), a community learning disability team, an adolescent inpatient unit, the National and Specialist CAMHS Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) clinic, and a children’s ward of a specialist hospital providing reconstructive surgery and burns care.

During her time at the OCD clinic, Holly provided training to fellow mental health professionals and collaborated with the national charity, OCD Action, to develop information packs for schools, parents and young people. She also contributed to regular webinars that aimed to provide information and support to parents.

Holly also values the opportunity to work with adults and has previously done so in a number of contexts including a general Assessment and Treatment Service, a memory clinic and a trauma service.

Holly is particularly interested in supporting individuals with various anxiety problems such as:

• OCD
• social anxiety
• health anxiety
• phobias
• panic

In addition, she has a special interest in working with children and adults who have suffered trauma.

Holly has been trained in a range of assessment and therapeutic techniques, however her primary approaches include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and EMDR (Eye Movement Densitisation and Reprocessing).

Holly is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL23966) and chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 138524).

Education and Qualifications

  • Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM)

    Dawn Harris Epione Training & Consultancy, June 2019

  • EMDR with children and adolescents Part 2

    with Joanne Morris-Smith, May 2016

  • EMDR with children and adolescents, Part 1

    Dr Kamala-Maria Mueller, January 2016

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)

    University of Oxford (2006-2009)

  • MSc in Occupational Psychology

    University of Sheffield (2000-2001)

  • BSc Hons in Psychology

    University of Sheffield (1996-1999)

Professional Development

  • Advanced Safeguarding Training

    High Speed Training, July 2019

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)

  • EMDR Parts 1-4

    EMDR Works (January-July 2015)

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

    Psychology Sussex (2012)

  • CBT for treatment resistant OCD

    Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (2012)

  • Psychological interventions for tic disorders

    Great Ormond Street Hospital and Tourettes Action (2011)

  • CBT for complex cases

    Michael Rutter Centre, Maudsley Hospital (2011)

  • CBT for Depression in Young People

    Maudsley Hospital (2010)

  • Introduction to Psychodynamic Approaches

    Tavistock (2009)

Publications

  • Jassi, A., Kolvenbach, S., Heyman, I., Macleod, T, Rose, J. & Diamond, H. (2015).

    Increasing knowledge about obsessive compulsive disorder and support for parents and schools: Evaluation of initiatives. Health Education Journal, 1-10.

  • Krebs G., Isomura K., Lang K., Jassi A., Heyman I., Diamond H., Advani J., Turner C., Mataix-Cols D. (2015).

    How resistant is 'treatment-resistant' obsessive-compulsive disorder in youth? British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 54(1), 63-75.

  • Diamond, H., Llewelyn, S., Relf, M., Bruce, C. (2010)

    Helpful Aspects of Bereavement Support for Adults Following an Expected Death: Volunteers’ and Bereaved People's Perspectives. Death Studies, 36(6), 541-564.

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Candia Slaughter

Paediatric Occupational Therapist

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Candia is an experienced Occupational Therapist specialising in working with children and young people. She has focused her work with clients from extremely challenging backgrounds, who have experienced trauma or neglect, often coupled with additional needs, neurological differences, sensory processing difficulties or learning disabilities. Her prior experience is in the charitable sector; offering therapy in mainstream schools, alternative education units and dedicated centres for vulnerable children and young people.

Candia supports children and young people to achieve their daily and life goals through achievable steps and thought through goals. She works with clients to understand their self-care, leisure and education/work/play strengths and needs, aiming to increase their self-esteem, self-efficacy and simply their enjoyment of the world. She does this work with a deep understanding of the effects of trauma and attachment issues on the everyday life of children and young people.

She also focuses on her clients sensory processing needs. Often the children and young people who has experience trauma are stuck in the freeze, or ‘fight or flight’ mode with adrenalin coursing through them, Candia has experience of addressing their sensory needs to offer regulation and increased stability. She is currently studying Sensory Attachment Intervention, an integrative approach focusing on modulating the body senses that have been aroused through trauma and neglect.

Candia’s other area of experience is working with children and young adults on the Autistic Spectrum. She has recently trained in LEGO®-based therapy, a specialist training for health professionals to support those on the Autistic Spectrum.

Member of:
Registered and regulated by Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Member of British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT) and College of Occupational Therapists (COT)
Member of College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section – Independent Practise (COTSS-IP)

Education and Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Communication Studies with Sociology

    Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge 1997-2000

  • PGdip Occupational Therapy

    University of Brighton 2007-2009

  • MSc Health through Occupation

    University of Brighton 2008-2009

Continued Professional Development

  • Sensory Integration Module 1

    (current)

  • Attachment and Psychopathology, Dr Patricia Crittenden The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

    December 2017

  • Sensory Attachment Intervention (SAI) Level 1

    Completed courses in 2017, working towards final accreditation

  • LEGO®-based therapy – improving social communication skills

    Bricks for Autism, endorsed by Cambridge University Autism Research Centre, 2016

  • Train the Trainer

    Accenture 2012

  • Violence and abuse in relationships

    Respect and Kids Company 2012

  • What Matters to every child

    Kids Company 2011

  • Working with those affected by ADHD

    Kids Company, The Studio and Kings College 2011

  • Professional Placement Educators Preparatory course

    University of Brighton 2010

  • Somatic Experiences Techniques

    RAPt 2010

  • Child Protection Awareness; Child Protection Skills; protecting children: developing basic awareness.

    AKAMAS 2009/2010

  • Health and wellbeing in Education, NEC

    Sterling Events 2009

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Dr Alison Murfett

Counselling Psychologist

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Alison brings to the Beacon House team twenty years’ experience of working therapeutically with children, families and adults in a wide range of settings. She describes herself as an integrative psychologist and she draws on a variety of therapy approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy; humanistic and psychodynamic ways of thinking and also systemic family approaches. Alison always develops a treatment plan in collaboration with the client, depending on what would work best for that individual.

For the last 15 years Alison has worked in specialist NHS services. Alongside her role at Beacon House she works part time as a Highly Specialist Counselling Psychologist in Specialist CAMHS, a service for children and adolescents who have complex emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties. In this role she offers assessment and therapy; and consultations to GP’s, Psychiatrists and other members of the team. Within her NHS role Alison also supervises Doctoral Level Clinical and Counselling Psychologists and other professionals such as Social Workers and Counsellors.

Alison has worked in private practice alongside her NHS role for the past eight years. She has extensive experience treating difficulties such as emotional and behavioural problems in children; anxiety, panic and OCD in children and adults and personal development in adults. She has a particular interest in working with individuals who have suffered trauma in their past, and are experiencing PTSD or more complex, long-standing trauma reactions. Alison is very experienced in working with adults who have been abused as children, or who have suffered events such as sexual assault.

Alison has undertaken extensive professional development and additional specialist training since her core training in 2001, with a particular passion for offering cognitive behavioural therapy in creative and dynamic ways to clients of all ages and with a range of emotional difficulties.

Alison is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (membership number 081648); a registered member of the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL17963); and a member of the BABCP. She is also a BABCP supervisor of accredited CBT therapists.

Education and Qualifications

  • Currently Training: Part 1 of the Animal Assisted Play Therapy Course

    International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy™

  • EMDR Levels 1,2,3 and 4

    Sian Morgan in Brighton – training ended in April 2018

  • Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology PsychD

    University of Surrey (1998- 2001)

  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)

    Sussex University (1996-1997)

  • Certificate in Counselling Theory and Practice

    Central School of Counselling and Therapy, Oxford (1992 – 1994)

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology and Education

    Oxford Brookes University (1991-1994)

Professional Development

  • Animal Assisted Play Therapy® Level 1: Theory, Research, & Practice

    International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy™, 29-30 September; 1-2 October 2019

  • Introduction to Animal Assisted Play Therapy®

    International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy™, 29-30 September; 1-2 October 2019

  • Canine Communication for Animal Assisted Play Therapy®

    International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy™, 29-30 September; 1-2 October 2019

  • The World of Stories & Symbols. An introduction to EMDR Sandtray Protocol with Ana M Gomez

    Child Humanitarian Intervention Learning & Development, May 17th 2019 (6 hours)

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)

  • International Trauma Recovery Summit, Belfast

    27th & 28th June 2018

  • Using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with young people who have experienced complex trauma/PTSD

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (one day, 2014)

  • Safeguarding Children – Level 3 training

    Sussex Partnership Trust (one day, 2014)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for the treatment and prevention of Anxiety in Young people

    Professor Stallard, University of Sussex (one day, 2014)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for anxiety in children and young people

    Anna Freud Centre, London (one day, 2012)

  • Modifying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for children on the Autistic Spectrum

    BABCP, London, (one day, 2011)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Supervision/Training for clinicians working with children

    BABCP/ACAMH, London (Two days, 2010)

  • Cognitive Analytical Therapy at Initial Assessment of Self Harm

    ACAMH, London (one day, 2009)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Children and Adolescents

    BABCP/ACAMH, London, (one day, 2009)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with children and Families

    ACAMH, London (one day, 2007)

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Sara Hunnable

Therapeutic Social Worker

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Sara is a qualified Social Worker with ten years’ experience working within the Local Authority. For the past two years she has worked as an Independent Social Worker specialising in parent-child relationship work using the CARE-Index.

During her time as a Local Authority social worker Sara has worked in both assessment and intervention teams holding cases for children in need, child protection, children in care and complex cases within care proceedings. Sara also has experience of working with children in long-term foster placements and children being placed with adoptive families. Sara has work closely with birth parents, foster cares and prospective adopters and has a strong commitment to achieving the best outcome for children in all the work that she does. Sara has worked with children affected by domestic abuse, drugs and alcohol, severe neglect and physical, emotional and sexual abuse.

In the latter years of her work with the Local Authority Sara was a Senior Social Work Practitioner within a specialist attachment team providing assessment and intervention work for parents / carers and younger age children. Within this work she undertook a wide range of assessment work including complex assessments for court and intervention work ranging from early intervention to complex child protection cases. Whilst in this role, Sara attended extensive in house training delivered by a Clinical Psychologist in the areas of complex trauma, attachment, and mental health in children and parents.

Sara is passionate about working with the parent-child relationship and has been responsible for facilitating, overseeing and giving training on parent- child relationship intervention work. Wanting to develop her skills and knowledge in this area, Sara undertook the CARE-Index training in 2014 then the advanced level training in 2015. The CARE-Index is a robust and comprehensive 9-day training on how to identify patterns of attachment and risk between a parent and their infant. Sara achieved a level 1 reliability and has been working as an independent Social Worker undertaking primarily court based assessments using the CARE-Index to assess child parent relationships.

Sara has recently completed the Theraplay institute training in Theraplay and MIM, level 1. In her role as Therapeutic Social Worker at Beacon House Sara offers Theraplay as part of her journey towards full accreditation; and she also offers therapeutic parenting interventions to adopters and foster carers. With Sara’s experience in young children, she also offers parents consultations about effective and sensitive parenting approaches which can support more positive behaviour in the child, and a greater emotional connection.

Education and qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology

    University of Lincolnshire and Humberside 1993-1996

  • Diploma in Social Work

    Stockport Collage 2004

  • Post Qualifying Award Level 1

    University of Chichester 2006

  • Post Qualifying Child Care Award

    University of Chichester 2008

Continued professional development

  • Advanced Safeguarding Training

    High Speed Training, July 2019

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)

  • Theraplay Basic Training

    September 2016, Viv Norris

  • The Meaning of the Child interview

    University of Roehampton - Ben Grey & Juliet Kesteven 2016

  • The Theraplay Institute accredited Theraplay and MIM Level 1 2016
  • Attachment and Psychopathology

    Pat Crittenden – Tavistock and Portman December 2015

  • Advance CARE-Index Training

    Pat Crittenden 2015

  • B.A.S.E Baby Watching Group Leader Training

    Dr Karl-Heinz Brisch 2015

  • CARE-Index Level 1

    Rebecca Carr- Hopkins 2014

Assessment Tools

  • CARE

    Index (Crittenden 2010)

  • PAM

    PParent Assessment Manual (Dr Sue McGaw 2012)

  • The Signs of Safety

    (Dr Andrew Turnell 2012)

  • Graded Care Profile
  • NIMT

    (Neglect Identification and measurement tool)

Specialist Training

  • 1001 Days Of Connection

    Parent and Baby Mental Health Seminar 2014

  • Attachment Theory

    Rebecca – Carr Hopkins 2014

  • Neglect and its Neglect

    Graham Music –WSCC LSCB Conference 2013

  • Neglect

    Effective Intervention and ways forward – Margot Sunderland WSCC LSCB Conference 2013

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Roy Fears

Drama, movement and EMDR therapist

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Since qualifying Roy has always been drawn to working with people with varying degrees of trauma and complex trauma. Today he still works in an NHS setting which offers a service unique in the UK for 11-18 year olds with complex needs at risk of placement breakdown. Here he learned the importance of joined-up working methodologies and inter-subjective thinking as not only a container for the young person, but the whole family. This holistic approach to treatment and care is exactly what brought him to Beacon House.

As a Drama and Movement Therapist Roy’s work is underpinned and informed by the ‘Hero’ archetype and the journey each hero must take; so whether we are the toddler crawling away from the mother and looking over our shoulder, Perseus slaying Medusa or Little Red Riding Hood leaping from the belly of the Big Bad Wolf – every Hero’s journey is about taking a risk, overcoming an obstacle and returning transformed. Dramatherapy allows this journey to happen in every session; obliquely through an enactment, or more directly by listening, talking and being present. Just walking across the threshold of the consulting room is the beginning of a hero’s journey and the transformation and healing starts right there.

Roy is also an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Practitioner* (EMDR). This is a very specific trauma treatment that is used in PTS, PTSD, phobias and complex trauma. Roy has been successful in interweaving EMDR within the Dramatherapy process and also as a stand-alone intervention in the treatment of complex trauma and personality disorder.
Roy is a great believer in ‘Help for the Helper’ and’ Care for the Carer’ and it was this philosophy and early training with Babette Rothschild that led him to consolidate his learning and become a Clinical Supervisor. For many years now Roy has applied and developed his learning to consult to teams in Care Homes and Organisations all over the south, as well as developing parents and carers groups within the NHS.

In his spare time Roy commits to the ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ paradigm by attending Pilates classes and daily swims. He is a passionate cook and enjoys all aspects live performance and Art. Happiness is a walk along Brighton Beach with his dog Nancy.

*Roy is fully trained in EMDR and is currently undergoing registered practitioner status.

Education and Qualifications

  • MA Drama and Movement Therapy (Sesame)

    CCSD/London University (2004)

  • PG Cert’, Clinical Supervision – Integrative and Psychoanalytic Approaches

    Surrey University (2010)

  • BA Theatre Arts

    Bretton Hall College of the University of Leeds (1996)

Professional Development

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)

  • Dealing with Distress: Working with Self-Harm and Suicide

    Saturday June 30th 2018, PODS (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors) with Caroline Spring

  • Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice

    Saturday April 28th 2018, PODS (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors) with Caroline Spring

  • Safeguarding Children

    Surrey & Borders NHS Trust,2017

  • Trauma and Attachment Congress

    New York 20th, 21st & 22nd October 2017

  • International Trauma Recovery Summit

    Belfast, 27th & 28th June 2018

  • DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) Level 1

    APT Training, Surrey 2016

  • EMDR Levels 1, 2 & 3

    Alexandra Richman, London 2015/2016

  • Safe Trauma Therapy “Putting on the Brakes”

    Babette Rothschild. Chiron Centre London (2006).

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Jo Charlton

Educational Psychologist

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Jo Charlton is a Chartered Educational Psychologist with 20 years’ experience. Her early working career started in a multiagency team working with looked after children with physical and learning disabilities. She then worked as a Nursery and Primary school teacher in the East End of London. Jo completed her Educational Psychology Training at Sheffield University where she continued to develop her interest in early child development, trauma and the relationship between these, cognition, and learning.

Fundamental to Jo’s practice is the view that the child is central to the process, and that understanding their views and their family’s views are key to planning a successful way forward. Jo’s work within Educational Psychology Services has focused on the development of good consultation and shared problem-solving approaches with parents, carers and school staff. Jo has helped to develop and provide a wide variety of training, consultation and direct work with carers, families and staff to develop and sustain this shared approach to meeting the emotional, social and learning needs of children.

In her practice, Jo draws from a range of psychological and developmental learning theories to inform her work and to explore what might be happening for a child within the context of school and home. She likes to use dynamic and interactive assessment approaches with children and young people to gain an in depth understanding of how the child goes about their learning and what might help them to become more engaged and resilient learners.

More recently, Jo’s work has focused on developing nurture provision within schools, which aim to support children with a range of needs – and particularly those with a background of attachment, trauma and loss. This has involved using therapeutic approaches and group intervention, as well as providing a range of training and different levels of support for parents, carers and for staff working directly with these children.

Jo specializes in working with traumatised children and particularly children who have been adopted or cared for by special guardians. Having done DDP training (levels 1 and 2), Jo offers therapeutic parenting interventions informed by PACE. This way of working enables parents/carers of traumatised children to meet the child’s underlying unmet emotional needs rather than responding only to the outward behaviour.

Jo can offer supervision and support for staff and work discussion groups where staff teams can develop their capacity and confidence to use their own skills to support each other and the children with whom they are working. Jo provides training for educational settings addressing a variety of issues which relate to a child’s social and emotional development and their learning. Key issues that can be addressed include attachment, nurture, bereavement and loss, metacognition and learning, anxiety, autism, child development, using simple mindfulness techniques with children. She can also offer support to families focusing on a range of areas.

Jo is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL03643) and chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 080786). She is a member of the Association of Educational Psychologists.

Education and Qualifications

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)

    Levels 1 and 2 (2017)

  • MSc Educational Psychology

    Sheffield University (1997)

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education

    Froebel College: Roehampton Institute of Higher Education/University of Surrey (1987)

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology

    Goldsmiths College. University of London (1985)

Professional Development

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)

  • Safeguarding and Child Protection

    Cumner House School, 2019

  • Video Interaction Guidance Basic Training

    The Tavistock, May 2016

  • Dynamic assessment (refresher)

    Ruth Deutsch (4 days bespoke course for East Sussex Educational Psychology Service 2015)

  • Working with children, families and youth: 20 skills to build resilience

    Michael Ungar. Resilience Forum Brighton University (Study morning 2015)

  • Working memory

    Susan Gathercole PATOSS East Sussex (Study morning 2015)

  • Trauma Aftercare

    CCP Training and Development (2 days, 2014)

  • Mindfulness based approaches for working with children and young people

    Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology UCL (8 days 2013)

  • Safeguarding children. Refresher e-learning course

    East Sussex Children Services 2014

  • Life Story Work with Troubled Children and Teenagers

    Richard Rose: Conference day. (Centre for Child Mental Health 2014)

  • Autistic Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) – 2

    Training East Sussex Educational Psychology Team (2 days, 2013)

  • The Theory and Practice of Nurture Groups

    Nurture Group Network (5 days +assignment 2013)

  • Management of Actual and Potential Aggression

    Positive Options (2012)

  • Supporting Positive Interventions in Education and Risk Assessment

    Challenging Behaviour Network (2 days, 2012)

  • Social and Emotional Difficulties Experienced by Children in Care

    The Centre for Emotional Development (Conference day 2012)

  • Behavioural Risk Assessment Licensed Trainers Certificate

    Challenging Behaviour Network (2010)

  • Cognitive–Behavioural Therapy and Training

    Primary Certificate Course. Centre for Stress Management (2008)

  • Frightened to love: Working with Attachment issues and Disorders

    Centre for Child Mental Health (Conference 2007)

  • Child Protection

    East Sussex County Council 2007

  • Enabling children to speak about feelings through the arts

    Centre for Child Mental Health (2 days 2006)

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Terri Fresko

Systemic Psychotherapist

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Terri’s first professional training was in Dance Movement Therapy (now known as Dance Movement Psychotherapy) in the first training of its kind in the UK. After graduating, she worked privately, teaching, supervising clinical work and dissertations until 1991, when she joined an arts therapies department in a large psychiatric hospital. She has many years of experience of in-patient, day patient and outpatient settings, working with people with severe mental illness such as in eating disorders, postnatal breakdown, long-term mental illness, the deaf as well as forensic patients. Terri is very interested in the way trauma and emotions are stored in our bodies. She believes that there is huge psychotherapeutic potential in using movement and other creative endeavours.

At a professional development course, Terri was introduced to the idea of working with client together with their family in order to help people manage illness and distress. This was a very helpful new perspective for her, as illness often affects family members profoundly, not just the sufferer. She decided to take the plunge and complete the post-graduate training of 3 years, after which she worked in a family therapy clinic with families where an adult member was suffering from mental distress. In the last 11 years, Terri has been working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Her experience in that time includes being part of a paediatric liaison team at a large London Hospital, where a large proportion of her caseload consisted of working with young people presenting to hospital with self-harm. Additionally, she worked in two Multi-Dimensional Treatment Foster Care teams. Here she gained valuable experience of working in multi-agency contexts which enriched her own practice. In the last 6 years, Terri has been working with primary school-aged children at risk of exclusion from mainstream education, and their families.

Terri has been supervising and consulting with professionals for many years. In all her work, her stance is to have a collaborative approach where people feel empowered and more effective in the roles they take on.
Terri is a member of the Association for Family Therapy (AFT) and is registered with the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP).

Education And Qualifications

  • Post-graduate Diploma in Family Therapy & Systemic Practice

    Prudence Skynner Clinic, 2002

  • Introductory Course in Group Analysis

    Institute of Group Analysis, 1995

  • M.A. In Dance Movement Therapy

    Laban Centre / Hahnemann University, 1987

  • B.Sc in Psychology and Computer Science

    Keele University, 1981

Professional Development

  • Working with Complex Trauma, Dissociation and Failures of Integration in Children & Adolescents

    Ana M Gomez, Child Humanitarian Intervention Learning & Development (May 2019)

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)

  • Safeguarding Children

    2019

  • Resilience in the face of Trauma

    Prof Mooli Lahad, Brighton Therapy Partnership.- 16 March 2019

  • Integration of Mind, Brain & Body in the Treatment of Trauma

    Bessel van der Kolk, 22 September 2018

  • An Integrated Systemic Approach to working with Trauma – Jeremy Woodcock

    February 2017

  • Solution-Focussed Conflict Resolution

    Barry Winbolt - July 2017

  • Attachment Narrative Therapy

    Arlene Vetere - November 2017

  • EMDR Initial training

    Level One, September 2017

  • Complex Neglect

    Diane Apatoff, February 2016

  • Do (race) and (culture) matter or do they matter more?

    Inga-Britt Krause, February 2016

  • Annual Conference of Association for Family Therapy

    September 2015

  • Tales and Transformations

    Janine Roberts, April 2015

  • Responding to the Clinical Needs of Sexual Minority Youth

    Damian McCann, March 2015

  • Understanding PTSD from an Attachment Perspective

    Felicity de Zulueta, March 2014

  • Engaging with Change: Functional Family Therapy

    Brighton, February 2014

  • When anger endangers relationships: self-harm as a systemic solution

    David Pocock, November 2013

  • Achieving clinical excellence

    Scott Miller, May 2012

  • Death Talk: Working with people in illness and dying

    Glenda Fredman, November 2011

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Jonathan Goldsmith

Drama and EMDR Therapist

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Jonathan is a very experienced therapist and has worked in the NHS for over 20 years in a range of inpatient and community settings. These included adult drug and alcohol rehabilitation, child and adolescent psychiatry and services for people with a learning disability. Jonathan has a lot of experience working with children and young people who are in the care of the Local Authority and children who are adopted. He has also worked with families as they develop to include a fostered or adopted child. He recognizes that all parties, including the therapist, needs to be open to learning about the challenges of change.

Jonathan’s first professional training was in Drama therapy. He is particularly interested in what it means to play -noting that to be playful concerns relationships and is a physical as well as cognitive and emotional experience. Crucially play starts early in an infant’s life. The capacity to play, explore and be curious promotes learning and self confidence. However, it can be understandably undermined by trauma and other life experiences, and this can limit a person’s development. Jonathan’s subsequent training has focused upon understanding better the impact of trauma including the intergenerational effects upon any an individual and their family.

Jonathan has completed trainings in Family therapy and most recently has trained in two specialist approaches to trauma called sensori motor psychotherapy and EMDR. Jonathan is passionate about understanding individuals’ needs and patterns through an attachment lens, and he is starting a course regarding attachment theory & practice at the John Bowlby Centre in the Autumn 2016.

Jonathan is interested in sport and the performing arts. He studies QI Qong and Tai Chi as he is interested in approaching psychological and emotional issues in terms of how the body experiences distress. Jonathon is very skilled at applying a range of therapy techniques with children and teenagers; and also with adults. He is able to adapt therapy to suit the communication and ‘cognitive’ needs of a child and his dynamic and creative approach creates a playful yet gently challenging therapeutic environment for his clients to explore their feelings and their future.

Education And Qualifications

  • EMDR with Children & Adolescents Level 1

    Joanne Morris Smith, London, 2015

  • EMDR Level 2

    Alexandra Richman, London, 2015

  • EMDR Level 1

    Alexandra Richman, London, 2015

  • The Treatment of Trauma

    2013

  • Sensori Motor Psychotherapy Level 2

    Lincoln, UK, 2012

  • Sensori Motor Psychotherapy Level 1

    Lincoln, UK, 2010

  • Systemic Practice with Families and Couples Postgraduate Diploma

    Institute of Family Therapy, London, 2007

  • Systemic Practice with Families and Couples Advanced Certificate

    Institute of Family Therapy, London, 2006

  • Jungian Sandplay

    British & Irish Sandplay Society, 2004

  • Therapeutic Communication with Children

    University of East London & the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust, 2004

  • Supervisors Training Course

    British Association of Drama Therapists, 2001

  • Drama Therapy Postgraduate Diploma

    University of Herfordshire, 1993

Professional Development

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)

  • Heart Math Coaching
  • Trauma, Dissociation & Recovery

    Conference, 2015

  • British Association of Drama Therapists

    Conference, 2014

  • Transforming Shame & Self Loathing

    Janina Fisher, London, Conference, 2014

  • Trauma & Attachment

    Kim Golding & Graham Music, Conference, 2014

  • Neuroscience of Affect Attachment & Social Cognition

    Anna Freud Centre, London, Conference, 2013

  • New Paradigms in Psychotherapy Technique

    Confer-London, Conference, 2009

  • Psychological Trauma & the Child

    Confer-London, Conference, 2008

  • Thought in Motion: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Mind & Body

    Tavistock Clinic, London, Conference, 2008

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Kate Levy

Specialist Education Advisor

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Kate is an Educational Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience. She began her career as a primary school teacher working in Inner London Primary Schools. Kate completed her Educational Psychology Training at the Tavistock Clinic where she developed a particular interest in psychodynamic theory and the emotional aspects of teaching and learning.

Kate initially worked within an Educational Psychology and Child Guidance Service in Enfield. Here she was able to develop her skills within schools and working therapeutically with young children and families within the clinic.
Kate worked as Consultant Educational Psychologist within the assessment team at the Anna Freud Clinic for a number of years, where she also ran a therapeutic mother and toddler group in an area of need within the community. Throughout her career, Kate has undertaken assessments of children with complex needs and has particular interests in autism, attachment and nurture.

As part of a local authority Educational Psychology Service, Kate developed and worked within an early intervention team for pre-school children with social, emotional and behavioural needs and their families. This role involved working extensively with families, schools, children’s centres and pre-school settings. Kate provided training, consultation and direct work with families, carers and staff to develop a shared understanding of how to manage and meet the social, emotional and learning needs of young children.

Alongside her local authority work, Kate also works part-time within an Independent School where she is involved in developing pastoral care systems across the school, providing advice, support and training for teaching and non-teaching staff and undertaking assessments and individual therapeutic work with children and their parents.

Working as an Educational Psychologist, Kate offers a unique perspective which involves facilitating a shared understanding of the child’s social, emotional and educational needs across a range of complex environments at school and home. Exploring and developing the relationships which children have with their families and with other children, teachers and support staff is central to this work. Kate views her role as an advocate for the child. As such, she provides advice and support in relation to adjusting educational and home environments in order to promote well-being and positive educational outcomes for children.

Kate specializes in working with traumatised children and particularly children who have been adopted or cared for by special guardians. Having done DDP training (levels 1 and 2), Kate offers therapeutic parenting interventions informed by PACE. This way of working enables parents/carers of traumatised children to meet the child’s underlying unmet emotional needs rather than responding only to the outward behaviour.

Kate offers supervision and support for staff and work discussion groups where staff teams can develop their capacity and confidence to use their own skills to support each other and the children with whom they are working.

Kate provides training and consultation for educational settings addressing a variety of issues which impact on a child’s social and emotional development and therefore their learning. Key issues which can be addressed include: attachment, nurture, bereavement and loss, divorce, domestic violence and responses to illness in the family. She can also offer support to families and schools focussing on a range of areas including parenting, school refusal, anxiety, developmental difficulties, and transitions.

Kate is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL00923) and chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 187964 ) She is a member of the Association of Educational Psychologists.

Education and Qualifications

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)

    Levels 1 and 2 (2017)

  • MSc Educational Psychology

    Tavistock Clinic/Brunel University (1993)

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education Frobel College

    Roehampton Institute of Higher Education/University of Surrey (1988)

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology

    University of Warwick (1987)

Professional Development

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)

  • International Trauma Recovery Summit

    Belfast, 27th & 28th June 2018

  • Video Interaction Guidance Basic Training

    The Tavistock, May 2016

  • Trauma Aftercare

    CCP Training and Development (Two days, 2014)

  • Autistic Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) – 2

    Training East Sussex Educational Psychology Team (two days, 2013)

  • The Theory and Practice of Nurture Groups

    Nurture Group Network (5 days, 2013)

  • Sensory Processing, Trauma and Attachment Training

    Eadouin Bhreathnach East Sussex (2 days, 2012)

  • Management of Actual and Potential Aggression

    Positive Options (2012)

  • Autistic Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) training

    Spectrum Specialist Consultancy (5 days, 2012)

  • Supporting Positive Interventions in Education and Risk Assessment

    Challenging Behaviour Network (two days, 2012)

  • Child Sexual Abuse Conference

    East Sussex Local Safeguarding Children Board (2011)

  • Behavioural Risk Assessment Licensed Trainers Certificate

    Challenging Behaviour Network (2010, 2011) Solihull Approach Foundation Course (2009)

  • The Incredible Years

    Parent Group Lead Training (2005)

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Kate Pelissier

Consultant Systemic Family Psychotherapist

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Kate is a systemic psychotherapist who has been employed by both the NHS and social care and brings to the team over 28 years of significant and comprehensive experience of supporting children, young people, their families and significant carers to identify ways through their emotional, psychological and mental health needs to make sense of their world and develop a sense of resilience that promotes a healthy transition into adulthood.

Drawing on both her social work experience and informed by substantive family therapy experience, Kate routinely works with children, young people and families affected by anxiety, parental separation/divorce, loss and bereavement, communication difficulties, depression, trauma, sexual exploitation, deliberate self-harm, suicidal ideation, developmental trauma and eating disorders.

Kate has an interest and brings to the team demonstrable clinical experience of working with children and young people who present with gender identity discomfort and gender variance. Kate has recently contributed to a gender identity online training module aimed at teachers and health professionals. Kate is a strong advocate and educator when working with sexual orientation and young people who identify as lesbian, gay and or bisexual. She enjoys working with same sex couples and families.

In addition to her therapeutic work Kate is an accomplished and popular supervisor, trainer, lecturer and tutor in the field of systemic psychotherapy. She values encouraging trainees and professionals to use their knowledge base and skills through the lenses of systemic thinking to enhance practice and bring every family member’s voice to the fore.

In addition to her clinical and supervisory work, Kate taught on the Post- Graduate Diploma in Applied Systemic Theory at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust for 20 years. She is currently a visiting lecturer at Surrey University.

Born in Lyon, France, with the UK as home, where she has raised her family and worked for over 30 years, Kate also offers French speakers the opportunity to engage in therapeutic work or supervision in their first language.

Kate is registered with UKCP (registration number: 00111043)

Education and Qualifications

  • Certificate in non-violent resistance(NVR) training (2015)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management (Health and Social Care)

    Salomon’s University of Canterbury (October 2002)

  • United Kingdom Certification in Psychotherapy

    Association of Family Therapy (September 2001)

  • Masters in Systemic Psychotherapy (with distinction)

    University of East London/Tavistock clinic (July 1999)

  • Advanced Award in Social Work

    Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work (September 1999)

  • Diploma in systemic therapy

    University of East London/Tavistock Clinic (June 1996)

  • Bachelor in Social Sciences

    Open University (July 1995)

  • Certified Qualification in Social Work

    Kingston University (January 1991)

Professional development

  • Systemic mirroring-shame in relationships with Dr Uri Weinblatt

    30th April & 1st May 2019

  • Advanced Safeguarding Training

    High Speed Training, April 2019

  • Transforming Systems

    Taiwo Afuape, 23/11/18

  • International Trauma Recovery Summit

    Belfast, 27th & 28th June 2018

  • Emerging leader clinical network NHS south coast

    August 2012

  • AFT registration as an approved Family Therapy Supervisor

    October 2011

  • Part I in Narrative Systemic Practice

    January 2005

  • Tavistock Centre. Accreditation in Family Therapy Supervision

    January 2005

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Dr. Laara Jupp

Clinical Psychologist

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Laara is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist working full time for Beacon House. She brings to the team a wealth of experience working with children who are looked after; and children and families who are receiving input from the Local Authority.

Laara has accumulated over 10 years’ experience working in the field of Clinical Psychology and 6 years working for a Specialist CAMH Service. In her previous role within the NHS (based within a Local Authority) and now in Beacon House – Laara offers psychological assessments, therapeutic interventions and consultation on issues relating to child care proceedings, child development, attachment and trauma, mental health, sibling attachments, contact with birth family and permanency and matching. She is able to work directly with parents, adoptive parents, foster carers, children being placed for adoption and children and young people in care. She also works closely with contact supervisors to facilitate child centered and safe family contact and support parents in their relationships with children.

For the last 4 years Laara has provided regular consultancy, reflective supervision and training to a number of independent children’s homes. She provides assessment and intervention for complex and traumatised adolescents who are experiencing high levels of emotional distress. She has a lot of experience assessing self-injury, suicidality and other serious mental health presentations; and a long standing interest in using participatory approaches to engaging and working with young girls at risk of sexual exploitation and hard to reach young people.

Laara is committed to working in collaboration with families and young people. She values learning from the families and young people she meets and shares psychological theory and ways of working with them so that they can think together about how they would like to work towards change and understanding. Laara draws upon developmental theory, family therapy, narrative therapy, community psychology, cognitive behavioural therapy and psychodynamic and solution focused approaches depending on what is most useful to a person in times of distress.

Education and Qualifications

  • Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM)

    Dawn Harris Epione Training & Consultancy, June 2019

  • Currently Training: Part 1 of the Animal Assisted Play Therapy Course

    International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy

  • EMDR Levels One, Two and Three

    Sandra Richman, 2016 – 2017

  • Expert Witness: Essential Knowledge, Report writing

    British Psychological Society (2015)

  • Adolescent Based Mentalisation Based Treatment (AMBIT)

    Anna Freud Centre (2014)

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Level 1 and Level 2

    Family Futures (2013)

  • Clinical Reliability Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)

    BeginningwithA, Autism Consultancy and Training (2010)

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)

    University of Exeter (2006-2009)

  • BSc Psychology,

    University of East London (2003-2006)

Professional development

  • Advanced Safeguarding Training

    High Speed Training, July 2019

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)

  • Trauma and Attachment Congress

    New York 20th, 21st & 22nd October 2017

  • Video Interaction Guidance Basic Training

    The Tavistock, May 2016

  • The Prevalence, Nature and Severity of Mental Health Difficulties experienced by Looked After Children and those Adopted from Care – Michael Tarren-Sweeney

    BAAF, 2 days (2013)

  • Signs of Safety & Wellbeing multi-agency partner training

    Wandsworth Safeguarding Board, 2 days (2013)

  • Clinical Risk Assessment, Risk Assessment Training and Education (RATE)

    South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (2013)

  • Safeguarding Children and Young People for Lead Professionals (Level 3)

    Wandsworth Safeguarding Board (2013)

  • Advanced Supervisors Workshop, Supervising Narrative Approaches to working with Children/Families,

    University of Surrey (2012)

  • Advanced Supervisors Workshop, Clinical Formulation – Child and Family

    University of Surrey (2012)

  • Safeguarding Children, Level 3, Domestic Violence, the impact on the child

    2011

  • Serious Case Review, Learning the Lessons, British Society for the Study and Prevention of child abuse and neglect

    (BASPCAM) (2011)

  • Personality Disorder and Parenting,

    Anna Freud Centre, (2009)

  • Introduction to Psychodynamic Concepts: A workshop for Clinical Psychologists,

    Tavistock Clinic, London, 5 days, (2009)

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Dr Victoria Thornton

Clinical Psychologist

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Victoria has thirteen years’ experience working with children, young people and their families in a range of settings including children’s hospitals, mental health clinics, learning disability services and child protection services. Victoria draws on a range of psychological models and approaches in her therapeutic work to help her clients understand their current difficulties and work towards their preferred future.

Victoria’s main areas of interest are overcoming trauma and building resilience; supporting positive communication and relationships within families and working with Autistic Spectrum Conditions.

Victoria values the opportunity to offer training and consultation to the network of professionals around children and young people. She is particularly experienced in advising colleagues in education on how best to support the emotional and developmental needs of children in school.

Victoria has training and extensive experience in using a range of psychological assessment measures, including psychometric assessment of cognitive functioning, projective assessment of emotions and diagnostic assessment for Autistic Spectrum Conditions.

Victoria is particularly interested in the use of creative play and drawing based methods to assess and work with young and traumatised children. As well as using these approaches in her clinical work, Victoria has published research using creative projective assessments to understand and support the emotional needs of young children who have experienced trauma. Victoria has been invited to present her research both locally and nationally.

In addition to her therapeutic work, since 2009 Victoria has also been instructed as an independent Expert Witness to the Family Courts, in care proceedings, private law proceedings and compensation claims.

Victoria is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL21884) and chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 85070).

Education and qualifications

  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule

    A face-to face diagnostic assessment for children and young people who present as being on the autistic spectrum. Great Ormond Street Hospital, 4 day course, May 2014)

  • Attachment and Psychopathology

    Patricia Crittenden at the Tavistock Clinic. 3 day course, November 2013

  • Story Stem Assessment Profile

    The Anna Freud Centre, London, 2005

  • Clinical Psychology Doctorate (DClinPsy)

    Canterbury Christchurch University (2002-2005)

  • BA (Hon’s) in Psychology

    University of Sheffield (1995-1998)

Professional development

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)

  • EMDR Training, Part 2

    September 2015

  • Yoga for Developmental Disabilities

    September 2015

  • EMDR training, Part 1

    September 2014

  • Why Neglect Matters – Improving practice for children in public care

    British Association for Adoption and Fostering, September 2010

  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse and the Effects on Parenting

    NAGALRO, May 2010

  • Child Abuse: Neuroscience and Intervention

    NSPCC with The Anna Freud Centre, October 2009

  • BPS, Faculty for Children and Young People, National Conference, presenting on the emotional impact of domestic violence on young children

    Royal Holloway, London, September 2009

  • Disorganised Attachment and ADHD

    The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 2008

Publications

  • Thornton, V. (2014).

    Understanding the emotional impact of domestic violence on young children. Educational and Child Psychology, 31(1), 90-100.

  • Thornton V, Williamson R, Cooke B.

    A mindfulness- based group for young people with learning disabilities: A pilot study. Br J Learn Disabil. 2017;45:259–265.

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Emma Burrows

Integrative Psychotherapist

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Emma is a warm, creative and engaging psychotherapist who has been working with children, families, individuals and groups for 17yrs.  She enjoys working in an integrative way; a way that she strongly believes allows her to be flexible in her approach and best meet the needs of her clients.  Emma is as happy to play as to talk.  She obtained her Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2003. Becoming a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) in 2004 and she retains that level of membership.

Emma has a vast experience of working with children who have experienced trauma and developmental trauma.  As a psychotherapist she has worked in therapeutic residential children’s homes, within domestic abuse recovery projects, as a school’s counsellor in primary and senior settings, as part local authority fostering, adoption and post order teams as well as in private practice.

Emma has experience in working with bereavement and traumatic death, she currently also works with Winston’s Wish, a children’s bereavement support service.  Emma has experience designing and delivering bereavement training to schools and other professionals.

As an adoptive parent of two children herself, Emma has experience of the everyday challenges that families may face. Emma is passionate about working to provide support that benefits the whole family.  More recently Emma is pursuing training in Attachment Focused Family Therapy and has recently completed DDP Levels 1 and 2 training.

Having worked alongside trauma for many years, Emma believes that self-care is extremely important.  She enjoys making the most of living in Sussex between the hills and the sea. Spending time with friends and family and being out running with her dogs are a few favourites.

Qualifications

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) – Level 1. An attachment-focussed therapy for traumatised children and their carers

    Psychology Associates, 2019

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) – Level 2. An attachment-focussed therapy for traumatised children and their carers.

    The Centre for Emotional Development Brighton, 2019

  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (Psychology & Practice).

    Northbrook College Sussex, 2003

  • RSA Counselling Skills in The Workplace

    Northbrook College Sussex, 2001

  • Theraplay Level 1.

    Theraplay Institute via West Sussex Post Adoption Team, 2008

  • B.A (Hons) Social Policy and Administration

    University of Brighton, 1997

Professional Development

  • Child Protection Level 2

    (5 hrs) 2019

  • Broken lives, broken brains, broken hearts – Find joy in healing the residue of trauma

    Judy Crane, 2019

  • Working with grief and trauma from within a trauma informed perspective

    Beacon House (3 days) 2019

  • The Body Keeps the Score; Christiane Sanderson discusses how to respond more effectively to survivors of childhood sexual abuse and complex trauma

    2018.

  • Overcoming blocked care and blocked trust

    Dan Hughes, Online seminar, 2018

  • Creative Ways of Working With bereaved 11-18-year Olds.

    Suzannah Phillps, 2013

  • WSCC various trainings in Signs of Safety

    2006 -2012

  • The Neuroscience of Adoption and Fostering:

    Margot Sunderland, 2007

  • Working with attachment & trauma within schools; Inside I’m Hurting

    Louise Michelle Bomber, 2005

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Carla Lauren

Occupational Therapist

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Carla is a children’s occupational therapist and sensory integration practitioner. She specialises in working with children who have neurodevelopment disorders and developmental trauma.

Initially Carla trained as a massage and aromatherapist and went on to work as part of a team offering mindfulness based stress management retreats for carers and parents of children with disabilities. This experience highlighted the key relationship we have between the body and mind, and taught Carla to recognise that taking care of parents and carers promotes the well being of the whole family.

Carla further explored the connection between mind and body through studying occupational therapy at the University of Brighton, where the focus was on using creative activities such as pottery, gardening and dance to promote health and well being. Carla was introduced to the concept of occupational science, which focussed on the barriers people face to participating in meaningful occupations and how we can remove these on an individual and societal level. As a student Carla worked with charities to support children and young people to access opportunities they may not otherwise have been able to. She thoroughly enjoyed taking groups on holiday in the UK and abroad and setting up a community radio show to help people get their voices heard, as well as running a weekly local disco for young people with learning disabilities to meet up and dance.

Since graduating, Carla has worked within the NHS and both specialist and mainstream schools supporting children with Autism, ADHD, DCD and Developmental Trauma. This developed Carla’s passion for working with those with hidden difficulties, who so often face a double disadvantage of having their difficulties missed or mis-diagnosed.

Carla has gone onto qualify as a Sensory Integration Practitioner and is currently completing her Sensory Attachment Training with Eadaoin Bhreathnach. She has a particular passion for working with children who have experienced early trauma and attachment disruption, and is highly committed to working within a multi-disciplinary team to create hope and change for vulnerable families. Her role in Beacon House enables her to use Sensory Integration and Sensory Attachment Intervention to repair the impact of developmental trauma on children and their families.

Carla enjoys spending time in nature and has worked with children and families providing therapy in woodlands, on beaches and also through an allotment group. The natural environment and opportunities provided by these settings allowed them to relax and feel connected with themselves and a rich sensory world allowing opportunities for play and exploration which could be recreated for free when they left.

Carla enjoys, kayaking, camping and dancing with her community dance group in Brighton.

Carla is registered with HCPC and is a member of The British Association of Occupational Therapists; The Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section and The Sensory Integration Network

Education and Qualifications

  • Level 1 Theraplay and Marschak Interaction Method Training Course

    The Theraplay Institute 2018

  • Sensory Integration Modules 2 and 3: From assessment to interpretation, block one

    The Sensory Integration Network, 2017

  • Level 1 Sensory Attachment Intervention

    Eadaoin Bhreathnach, 2016

  • Sensory Integration Module 1: Foundations and Neuroscience

    The Sensory Integration Network, 2015

  • BSc Occupational Therapy. First Class Honours

    University of Brighton, Eastbourne, East Sussex, 2014

  • Level 3 Diploma Holistic therapies

    City College Brighton and Hove, 2008

Continued Professional Development

  • Attachment and Psychopathology; Patricia Crittenden

    Family relations Institute, 2018

  • Integrating Sensory Regulation Approaches with Theraplay and DDP

    The Family Place, 2018

  • Complex Trauma in Children. Translation into practice when supporting adoptive, foster and path permanent placement families

    PAC-UK and Sensory Integration network, 2017

  • Goal Attainment Scaling for Therapists

    Kings College London, 2016

  • The Alert Programme for Sensory Regulation

    Sensory Integration Network, 2014

  • Handwriting for Occupational Therapists, An Evidence Based Approach to Assessment and Intervention

    NCORE: Sydney Chu, 2014

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Dr Vikki Kelly

Clinical Psychologist

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Vikki is a Clinical Psychologist who combines her role at Beacon House with her NHS role in paediatrics at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, where she is clinical lead for trauma overseeing and delivering trauma provision to children, young people, parents and staff. She has over 13 years’ experience of working therapeutically with adults, adolescents, children and families, both in the NHS and private practice.

Vikki takes an integrative approach to work using models such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Systemic Therapy (Narrative & Solution Focused) Compassion Focused Therapy, Clinical Hypnosis, Ego State Therapy, Play Therapyand Brief Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Vikki however, has a particular interest in working with PTSD and other types of trauma using specialist trauma focused interventions in the form of Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR)and Brainspotting. At Beacon House Vikki works with individuals of all ages; and with a wide range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, self-harming and trauma.

Being a psychologist is a role that she cherishes and she feels extremely privileged to have been invited into the lives of all those she has worked with. Vikki’s clinical training has given her expertise in Paediatrics, Child & Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS)and Adult Mental Health (community and inpatient). 

Vikki loves working with adults but also has a passion for helping children and young people overcome their anxieties. Especially those experiencing emotional, psychological and/or behavioural difficulties related to physical or medical conditions or health problems. Vikki has extensive experience working with children in medical settings having worked at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Trust in London since 2010. Her role has involved the provision of psychological assessment and intervention for specialties such as respiratory, renal, cardiology, infectious diseases, gastroenterology, endocrinology and paediatric intensive care.

During her career she has worked for a number of NHS Trusts in London, Surrey and Kent. Alongside this she also worked at the Priory Hospital, Hayes Grove, as lead psychologist for their Adult Asperger Unit treating those with comorbid mental health issues. Previously held posts include researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry and Kings Centre for Military Health Research. She also has close links with the Salomons Clinical Psychology Doctoral Course where she helps facilitate their Diversity in Practice teaching.

Vikki is registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (PYL26164) and the British Psychological Society (469900)

Education & Qualifications

  • Brainspotting Training (Phase 3)

    (Brainspotting Training UK, London 2019)

  • Brainspotting with Children

    (Brainspotting Training UK, London 2018)

  • Brainspotting Training (Phase 2)

    (Brainspotting Training UK, London 2016)

  • Brainspotting Training (Phase 1)

    (Brainspotting Training UK, London 2016)

  • EMDR with Children & Adolescents Following Medical Procedures

    (EMDR Child & Adolescent Committee, Birmingham 2018)

  • EMDR Advanced Skills & Child & Adolescent Training (Level 2)

    (Morris-Smith, London 2016)

  • EMDR Advanced Skills & Child & Adolescent Training (Level 1)

    (Morris-Smith, London 2012)

  • EMDR Training (Part 3)

    (Richman EMDR Training, London 2012)

  • EMDR Training (Part 2)

    (Richman EMDR Training, London 2012)

  • EMDR Training (Part 1)

    (Richman EMDR Training, London 2011)

  • Practitioner Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis

    (Brief Strategic Therapy & Clinical Hypnosis Foundation 2006-2007)

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology

    (Southampton Institute 1995-1998)

  • MSc Occupational & Organisational Psychology

    (University of Surrey 2000-2001)

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

    (Salomons, Canterbury Christchurch University 2007-2010)

Publications

  • Kelly, V., Holttum S., Shepherd, M., & Evans, C. (2012). A discourse analysis of power in relation to PSYCHLOPS (Psychological Outcomes Profile) in the context of CBT for psychosis.

    Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 12, (4) 247-256.

  • Bryant, J., Kelly, V., & Zegarra, A. (2010). Developing and delivering a psychotherapeutic group on an acute psychiatric ward.

    PSIGE Newsletter, 111, 32-37.

  • Brown, G., Harris, T., Kendrick, T., Chatwin, J., Craig, T., Kelly, V., Mander, H., Ring, A., Wallace, V., & Uher, R. (2009). Antidepressants, social adversity and outcome of depression in general practice.

    Journal of Affective Disorders, 54, 254-258.

  • Kendrick, T., Chatwin, J., Dowrick, C., Tylee, A., Morriss, R., Peveler, R., Leese, M., McCrone, P., Harris, T., Moore, M., Byng, R., Brown, G., Barthel, S., Mander, H., Ring, A., Kelly, V., Liljankoski, V., Gabbay, M., Craig, T., & Mann, A. (2009). RCT to determine the clinical and cost-effectiveness of SSRIs plus supportive care, versus supportive care alone, for mild to moderate depression with somatic symptoms in primary care: the THREAD (THREshold for AntiDepressant response) study.

    Health Technology Assessment, 13, 1-73.

  • Thomas, S., Dandeker, C., Greenberg, N., Kelly, V., & Wessely, S. (2006). Serving in Bosnia made me appreciate living in Bristol: Stressful experiences, attitudes, and psychological needs of members of the United Kingdom armed forces.

    Military Medicine, 171, 376-380.

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Lucinda Weis

Dramatherapist

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Lucinda has worked as a dramatherapist for 15 years and initially worked with a range of adults and children with moderate and profound learning difficulties and older people. Her experience of adopting a 17 month old child has drawn her increasingly towards work with children with developmental trauma and attachment insecurity, anxiety, autism and ADHD and social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. She has worked with children and young people, and their families across East Sussex. Clients have included local authority adoption team, schools and private clients.

Lucinda is profoundly interested in the attachment bond between children and their care givers, and the variety of ways that children develop to fight for (often quite literally) the security that every human being intrinsically seeks. As well as helping children who have had traumatic early life experiences to acknowledge and make sense of the fear, hurt and anger rooted in their past – Lucinda is also passionate about developing the skills of parents/care givers and the other adults in the child’s support network to meet the needs of the children in their care.

Another strand of her work is providing reflective supervision to school staff who manage vulnerable children on a day to day basis. Lucinda’s experience as mother to a birth and an adopted son provide ongoing learning which she brings to her professional role.

Lucinda also runs creative workshops using story, the body and art activities as a playful and fun way for adults and children to explore and make sense of themselves and the world around them.
At home, Lucinda is head of the household (at least according to Daisy, the family’s Shih Tzu) and loves walking in the beautiful woods around her home – a change from tree-less Shetland where she lived for 6 years. She also likes being sporty, baking cakes and puddings, and getting crafty, with needlefelting a specialty.

Education and Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Dramatherapy

    University of Surrey, Roehampton, 2005

Professional Development

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan Seminar

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton, ½ half-day, May 2019

  • Dramatherapy With Children Who Have Experienced Domestic Abuse Workshop

    British Association of Dramatherapists Training

  • Annual Conference, September 2016

    British Association of Dramatherapists

  • British Association of Dramatherapists

    Annual Conference, September 2014

  • A Safe Space, A Nurturing Community: Helping Services to Help Vulnerable and Traumatised Children Workshop

    Kate Cairns Associates, June 2014

  • The Challenge of Change: Resilience Training Programme

    November 2014

  • Annual Conference, September 2013

    British Association of Dramatherapists

  • Supporting Children and Young People to Build Healthy Attachments Workshop

    Holly van Gulden, June 2011

  • Annual Conference, September 2010

    British Association of Dramatherapists

  • The Playful Attachment Workshop

    Sue Jennings, May 2008

  • Annual Conference, September 2007

    British Association of Dramatherapists

  • Attachment Theory and Playtherapy: Linking Theory with Practice Workshop

    British Association of Dramatherapists, December 2005

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Nicola Dyson

Systemic Psychotherapist

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Nicola has worked with children and their families for many years, originally as a nurse, then as a school nurse for two secondary schools and six primary schools in Guildford. It was during this time that she became particularly interested in helping children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, and she set up counselling sessions for students within the secondary schools and began training teachers and running parenting sessions to increase awareness and understanding of children’s emotional needs. More recently Nicola has used the recent findings of neuroscience in her work with families and how the gut, heart and brain are connected.

In 2002 Nicola began training as a Systemic Family Psychotherapist at The Institute of Family Therapy where she completed the Diploma and at The Tavistock Clinic where she completed the Masters. She first joined the Family Therapy Team in CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) at Frimley Children’s Centre, and then moved from the school health service to work in CAMHS where a post that was created for her as a Child Mental Health Therapist.

During her years in CAMHS Nicola worked with children and adolescents with many issues, including anxiety and phobias, depression, suicidal Ideation & self-harm and on call for self-harm assessments at the hospital. Nicola has also worked with young people with gender identity issue, an area where thinking has changed significantly in the last 10 years.

Nicola uses family therapy and EMDR to help children and families post adoption and whilst fostered and across culture. She is experienced in working with children with Developmental Disorders, and has a passion for working with children and families who have experienced trauma.

Nicola gained extensive experience in using EMDR whilst in CAMHS and uses it frequently for many different situations including traumas that can be severe, complex or a single incident, phobias, nightmares and resilience building. Nicola finds that children are relaxed with EMDR as it can be playful, non invasive and doesn’t necessarily involve lots of ‘talking about things’ which children sometimes can’t or don’t want to engage with.

Whilst at CAMHS Nicola trained to teach Mindfulness at The Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre and uses this both in her own life and in her work.

Other therapies and schools of thought that influence Nicola’s practice are Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Parent and Child Attachment Game using video.

Nicola provides supervision and teaching of systemic and EMDR therapy. She is registered with the UKCP, AFT and EMDR UK and Ireland Association.

Nicola has had her own practice in Jersey in the last three years and now works in Chichester at Beacon House.

Education and Qualifications

  • EMDR Registered Practitioner

    EMDR UK & Europe Association 2013

  • EMDR Child & Adolescent Training

    Joanne Morris-Smith, 2013

  • EMDR Training

    EMDR Works 2012

  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

    The Oxford Therapy Centre 2009

  • MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy

    The Tavistock Clinic London 2005-2007

  • Diploma in Family Therapy

    Institute of Family Therapy London 2002-2004

  • Registered General Nurse

    The Middlesex Hospital London, 1980

Professional Development

  • Systemic Supervision

    Barry Mason 2019

  • The Cyclical Nature of Trauma

    Zoe Lodrick 2018

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Tallulah

Therapy Dog in Training

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We are delighted to have a Therapy Dog in Training here at Beacon House. Tallulah, a five-generation pedigree miniature poodle, has been with our team for six months and is settling in nicely to her working life!

Her owner is one of our Clinical Psychologists, Dr Laara Jupp, and Tallulah is currently being socialised into our busy clinic environment and is building relationships with a small number of therapists who will, in time, be able to invite Tallulah into therapy sessions with them and their clients. 

Tallulah, like most Miniature Poodles, has a loving, mischievous, playful, lively and intelligent personality. She loves to be the centre of attention, and is showing us that she is intuitive, sensitive and quick to learn. Although Tallulah can be a little reserved at first with strangers, she is full of beans and naturally wants to bond with everyone.

The sensitive, gentle and playful temperament of Miniature Poodles means they are often recommended for use as therapy dogs and Tallulah particularly loves being around children. Tallulah has a hypo allergic coat and leaves no hairs behind her, so she is unlikely to trigger allergies.

Tallulah is currently working through the Kennel Club ‘good citizen’ dog training which begins with puppy, through to bronze, silver and gold.  She is also learning how to perform tricks and will over the next two years be trained to be a full and playful partner in therapy.  Her owner, Laara, and another member of the team are both embarking on the full Animal Assisted Psychotherapy training, which we are really looking forward to using with children and adults alike.

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Dr Kim Reid

Counselling Psychologist

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Kim in a Counselling Psychologist with many years of experience of working in the NHS and privately. Kim has worked across a range of different settings and has experience of working with people with mood disorders, complex trauma, childhood trauma, interpersonal difficulties and ‘personality disorder’. Kim has a special interest in working with adults with interpersonal difficulties linked to childhood trauma. Kim is an accredited schema therapist and has experience of offering schema therapy individually as well as in a group setting. She draws extensively on schema therapy in her work. She does however work integratively and flexibly to match the needs of the client and as well as schema therapy, draws on cognitive behavioural therapy, compassion focussed therapy, narrative exposure therapy and psychodynamic therapy.

Kim places significant value on the therapeutic relationship and works to build a trusting and collaborative relationship to provide a safe place to explore and understand difficulties. Depending on what brings someone to therapy, Kim may help a client work towards achievable goals to help make ‘here and now’ changes. Or, the therapy may be about working through issues from the past to enable the client to consider a different way of moving forward. Ultimately, Kim wants to help her clients to free themselves from unhelpful patterns that keep them stuck and to make different choices moving forward.

Kim is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) – PYL29581; The British Psychological Society (BPS) – 213456; The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) – 140602 and The International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) – UK000892.

Education and qualifications

  • Advanced Accreditation – Group Schema Therapy

    Schema Therapy Institute, Midwest (2016 – 2017)

  • Advanced Accreditation – Individual Schema Therapy

    Schema Therapy Associates (2014 – 2017)

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

    Institute of Psychiatry (2012 – 2013)

  • Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology

    University of East London (2007 – 2011)

  • Graduate Conversion Psychology

    University of East London (2005 – 2006)

  • Undergraduate & Master’s Degree in Human Sciences and Homeopathy

    Technikon Natal, South Africa (1995 –2001)

Professional Development

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)

  • Advanced Certification Group Schema Training – The Child Modes

    ISST Summer School, Joan Farrell and Ida Shaw (2017)

  • Schema Therapy for Narcissism

    ISST Summer School, Wendy Behary (2017)

  • Fine Tuning Imagery Re-scripting

    ISST Summer School, Remco van der Wijngaart and Chris Hayes (2017)

  • Advanced Certification Group Schema Therapy

    Joan Farrell and Ida Shaw (2016)

  • Schema Therapy Skills & Working with Avoidance & Overcompensation

    Schema Therapy Associates (2015)

  • Compassion Focussed Therapy for Depression

    Paul Gilbert (2015)

  • Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET)

    Kerry Young (2015)

  • Advanced Schema Therapy Skills & Working with Borderline Personality Disorder

    Schema Therapy Associates (2015)

  • Schema Therapy for Complex Cases

    Schema Therapy Associates (2014)

  • ACT made simple

    Russ Harris (2014)

  • CBT supervision

    Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, Helen Kennerly (2014)

  • CBT Boot camp

    Christine Padesky (2009)

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Dr Daniel Donkor

Adult Clinical Psychologist

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Daniel is a Clinical Psychologist and works in our team with adults who are experiencing a range of mental health difficulties, including anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD and low self-esteem. Prior to joining Beacon House, Daniel worked in NHS and charitable specialist services for individuals with drug and alcohol addictions and multiple complex mental health needs. Daniel continues to work in addiction services in the charitable sector alongside his role in our team.

Daniel has a special interest in working with adults who experience co-occurring mental health difficulties alongside substance use; and he is always curious and keen to take a trauma informed approach to understanding the needs individuals who are struggling. Daniel is conscious of the impact that mental health difficulties can have on an individual’s wider social network, and he will involve family and significant others where appropriate, within his clinical work.

In addition, as a Clinical Psychologist, Daniel is experienced in providing specialist consultancy, support, supervision, and training to professional staff teams around themes of mental health and substance misuse.

Daniel has a warm, empathetic and gentle therapeutic style, which facilitates him in building strong therapeutic relationships with the people that he works with. Daniel holds the individual at the heart of his clinical practice and works in a collaborative way to develop a shared understanding of the issue. He believes that the individual is the expert of their own experience and that everyone has the potential to make change with the right support.

Daniel likes to work in an integrative and client-focussed way, as he understands that there is no therapy approach which fits all individuals. His work is underpinned by a number of psychological models and theories, including, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), community psychology, systemic approaches and motivational interviewing.

Daniel is registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (membership number PYL04589) and is a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (membership number 151804).

Education and Qualifications

  • Advanced Motivational Interviewing

    6 day workshop, PMason Consultancy, 2014

  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

    11 day workshop, Avon and Wiltshire Partnership NHS Trust, 2011

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)

    University of Exeter, 2008

  • Psychology (BSc),

    University of Coventry, 2002

Professional development

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)

  • Safeguarding Children Level 3

    Tailormade Training Solutions, 2018

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Clinical Psychology

    Division of Clinical Psychology, 2017

  • Critical Thinking in Risk Assessment

    Croydon Safeguarding Children Board, 2017

  • Behavioural Couples Therapy

    2 day workshop, APT Training, 2014

  • Clinical Supervision

    Avon and Wiltshire Partnership NHS Trust, 2012

  • Cognitive Behavioural Approaches for Working with People with Psychosis

    3 day workshop, Avon and Wiltshire Partnership NHS Trust, 2012

Publications

  • Using the Behavior Change Technique Taxonomy v1 to conceptualize the clinical content of Breaking Free Online: a computer-assisted therapy program for substance use disorders. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 11(1), 26

    Dugdale, S., Ward, J., Hernen, J., Elison, S., Davies, G., & Donkor, D. (2016c)

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Dr Helen Williams

Clinical Psychologist

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Helen is a child and adolescent Clinical Psychologist, who has experience of working with NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Specialist NHS Children in Care teams.  Helen also has experience working within residential children’s homes, a specialist school for children and young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties, and a forensic inpatient service for children and young people.

Helen has a special interest in working with children who have experienced developmental trauma, and those who care for and support them.  She believes that relationships are the vehicle by which positive and meaningful change can occur through giving children experiences of safety, comfort, joy, and new ways of experiencing themselves and others.

Helen believes that the foundation for effective psychological work is a strong therapeutic relationship and she has a professional style which is warm, empathic, playful, and curious. She believes that the wishes and needs of children should be at the core of all therapeutic work and is adaptive and flexible in sessions to meet children where they are at, aiming to create a therapeutic relationship within which they can feel safe, secure, valued, and accepted. Helen hopes to support children and their families to enhance their wellbeing, build resilience, and ultimately thrive.

As a Clinical Psychologist Helen also has experience in providing specialist consultancy, support, supervision, and training to those caring for and supporting children who have been fostered, adopted, or who live in residential children’s homes.  Helen’s assessments focus on working collaboratively with children and the network around them to listen to and make sense of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviour in the context of their early and current life experiences.  She focuses on developing a shared and helpful understanding of the impact of these experiences across a range of areas such as the child’s emotional wellbeing, patterns of relating, and daily functioning.

Helen is an integrative practitioner, drawing from a variety of theoretical frameworks to ensure that interventions are individualised and anchored in the needs of children and families.  The core models Helen draws upon are attachment theory and attachment-based interventions such as Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and Therapeutic Parenting, as well as and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and ideas from Systemic Therapy.  Therapy with Helen can look different depending on the needs and wishes of young people and their families – from chatting while playing, to more structured and focussed conversations.

Helen is registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (Membership No. PYL33952) and is a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (Membership No. 264245).

Education and Qualifications

  • Dyadic Developmental Practice, Psychotherapy & Parenting – Level Two

    4-day workshop, The Centre for Emotional Development, Brighton, 2018

  • Dyadic Developmental Practice, Psychotherapy & Parenting – Level One

    4-day workshop, The Centre for Emotional Development, Brighton, 2017

  • Level A in Video Enhanced Reflection on Practice

    Association for Video Interaction Guidance UK, Southampton, 2012

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych)

    University of Southampton, 2016

  • Batchelor’s Degree in Psychology (BSc)

    University of Leeds, 2002

Professional Development

  • Why wait until adulthood? Using the power of Compassion Focused Therapy with Children, Young People and Families (with Dr Mary Whelford)

    The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) 2nd May 2019

  • Harmful Sexual Behaviour Training

    2-day workshop, Sussex Foundation NHS Trust & Hampshire Youth Offending Team, Southampton, 2018

  • Attachment-Based Practice for Health and Social Care Professionals

    2-day workshop, Independent Social Work Matters Ltd., Portsmouth, 2017

  • Safeguarding Children

    The Serendipity Centre Ltd, 2017

  • Changing Children’s Lives Through Conversations That Matter: Practical Skills in Working in an Attachment-Informed Way

    Dan Hughes, Margot Sunderland, Dr Nick Barnes, The Centre for Child Mental Health, London, 2015

  • Mentalisation-Based Family Therapy

    2-day workshop, Solent NHS Trust, Southampton, 2014

  • Systemic Approaches to Trauma and Resilience over the Life Cycle

    1-day workshop, Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice, Southampton, 2011

  • Clinical Psychologists Working with Adolescents & Families in Forensic Settings - Perspectives from Working in the Community

    1-day workshop, British Psychological Society – Division of Clinical Psychology Faculty for Children and Young People, London, 2011

  • The Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth (SAVRY)

    1-day workshop, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton, 2011

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy – The Treatment of Children with Trauma-Attachment Problems and Their Families

    1-day workshop, Dan Hughes, Psychology Associates, Exeter, 2011

  • CBT Boot Camp: Building Core Clinical Competencies

    2-day workshop, Christine Padesky, Institute of Education, London, 2010

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Inbar Sagiv

Integrative Psychotherapist

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Inbar has been working with children, young people and families in therapeutic and/or safeguarding capacities since 1998. Inbar also specializes in working with adults who have traumatic experiences, either as child or as an adult.

As a Social Worker and a Psychotherapist, Inbar has extensive experience working with a wide spectrum of difficulties from situational emotional distress to complex developmental trauma, including more specialized areas like adoption, fostering and mental health. Inbar also works with adult survivors of childhood trauma and childhood adverse experiences. Over the years she has worked in different settings including child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), primary and secondary schools, children’s homes, front line children services, charities and private practice.

Inbar has a special interest in promoting and advocating for an understanding of the impact of developmental and complex trauma, loss and childhood adversities on people across all ages. As well as working directly with clients, she has been working in partnership with parents, carers and professionals (e.g. school staff and social workers) to identify the signs of trauma and empower them to be part of the healing process. Inbar aims to provide an inclusive and holistic assessment and a way of working that offers relevant choices of support according to the identified needs. She is trained in a variety of modalities for both assessing and recovering from trauma.

Throughout her clinical journey Inbar has developed a compassionate and therapeutic approach, which rests a lot of importance on the client’s relationships, particularly with important attachment figures in their life. She always aims to facilitate a safe, nurturing therapeutic environment which helps the individual to repair, connect, reflect and thrive. She offers creative methods (such as use of the arts, play, images and metaphors); EMDR and also more traditional talking therapy. Inbar always tailors the therapy to the individual’s needs, as she values the uniqueness of each client she supports.

Inbar is a UKCP registered Integrative Child Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor working with trainee and qualified psychotherapists and counsellors, and HCPC registered Social Worker.

Education and Qualifications

  • EMDR Part 3

    May 2019, Sian Morgan, HAP UK

  • EMDR Part 2

    Feb 2019, Sian Morgan, HAP UK

  • EMDR Part 1

    Nov 2018, Sian Morgan, HAP UK

  • Diploma in Supervision with Soul

    Re-Vision Centre for Integrative Psychosynthesis – leads to registration as a supervisor with the UKCP, 2016-18

  • The Empowerment Model in Therapy with Female Survivors of Sexual Violence

    Open College Network (OCN) and RACSAS (Rape and Sexual Crisis South London), 2015, 8 days

  • M.A. Integrative Child Psychotherapy

    The Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE) and accredited by London Metropolitan University, 2001-2005

  • Certificate in the Therapeutic and Educational Applications of the Arts

    The Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE), 2001

  • B.A. Social Work

    Tel Aviv University (Israel), 1999

Professional Development

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton, one day, May 2019)

  • Resilience in the face of trauma

    Prof Mooli Lahad, 1 day, Brighton Therapy Partnership, March 2019

  • Webinar: Attachment, Enactment and the psychology of the therapist

    Dr David Wallin, Feb 2019

  • Online courses with PESI: Complex Trauma and Shame: Somatic Interventions with Janina Fisher Ph.D., Pat Ogdan on How to Work with Trauma That’s Trapped in the Body and Internal Family Systems (IFS) with Dr Richard Schwartz and Frank Anderson

    2017-ongoing

  • ‘Being with’ rather than ‘doing to’: How to Manage Power, Control, Boundary and Attachment Dynamics when Working with Survivors of Complex Trauma

    Christian Sanderson (One in Four), 12/17, one day

  • Working Relationally with Attachment and Traumatic Bonding

    Christian Sanderson (One in Four), 11/17

  • Masterclass with Dr Stephen Porges: Child Trauma: Connectedness, Emotional Regulation and The Polyvagal Theory

    Centre for child Mental Health, 05/17, one day

  • Boundaries for therapists

    Equine therapy, 04/17

  • When Psychotherapy is Harmful

    Dr Phil Mollon, Brighton Therapy Partnership, 06/17, one day

  • Safeguarding Young People and Vulnerable Young Adults

    MindEd e-learning, 12/16

  • Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder

    Remi Aquarone RASCAS, 10/16, one day

  • Sexual Violence and Young People

    RASASC - 2/16, one day

  • Impact of parental mental health and trauma on children

    Surrey County Council - 11/15, one day

  • ‘The Creative Supervisor’

    CASCADE supervision training - 09/15, one day

  • Working with children who have been affected by domestic abuse

    Surrey County Council - 02/15, two days

  • Mindfulness

    CAMHS - 02/15, one day

  • Trafficking and Sexual exploitation

    RASASC - 01/15, half a day

  • Safeguarding refresher

    Surrey County Council - 01/15, half a day

  • Working with Deliberate self Harm

    City Lit - 06/14, one day

  • Supervision for Social Care staff working with children

    Surrey county council - 03/14-05/14, 4 days

  • Trauma and the Trauma Symptom Checklist assessment tool

    Surrey county council - 03/13 and refresher 10/14, 2 days

  • When Parent-Child Relationship Hurt: Practical Strategies to support Parents and Carers

    at the Centre for Child Mental Health - 10/13, one day

  • Couples relationship and the impact on children

    Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships - 06/13, one day

  • Pillars of parenting – a practice model for children in public care

    Halliwell Homes - 03/13, one day

  • Assessment of Neglect

    Surrey county council - 01/11, one day

  • Child Protection Multi disciplinary approach

    Surrey county council - 11/10, one day

  • Making a S47 Enquiry

    Surrey county council - 12/09, 4 days

  • Working with Dissociative Disorders from an attachment-based perspective (clinical applications)

    at the Centre for Attachment-Base Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy - 05/07 – 07/07, 10 days

  • Childhood Origins of Sadism

    at the Centre for Child Mental Health - 06/06, one day

  • Awakening Attachment needs in troubled children and Adults

    at the Centre for Child Mental Health - 05/06, one day

  • Depression and Anxiety in Children and Young People: Prevention and Cure

    at the Centre for Child Mental Health - 03/06, one day

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Adam Mellor

Art Psychotherapist

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Adam is an art psychotherapist with over 15 years’ experience working for young people and their families within NHS settings, social care and schools. He works with our team for three days a week in our art therapy studio.

The seed to pursue a career in art therapy began for Adam when working within a specialist school for Looked After Children who presented with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. He was there employed as an art teacher, however, the communication in the art work; the particular relationship the children attached to the art making process; the art work and to the relationship with Adam himself – peaked his interest into training in art psychotherapy.

While training, Adam continued to work closely with young people who have experienced attachment disruptions, loss and trauma and who were within the social care system. He has continued to have a special interest in working with children from such complex and vulnerable family backgrounds. His key interest of work is in trauma, in particular, developmental trauma and attachment.

Adam offers individual and group art therapy to help the client through a process of change, healing and to be able to better understand their internal world to help them better manage and enjoy their external world experience, including relationships with others.

Adam also works directly with children and their parent/carer together using art-based activities in Dyadic Art Therapy sessions. This therapy is very effective to help the child and their parent/carer who are experiencing particular difficulties in understanding, communicating and enjoying each other as the process works on strengthening the dyad’s emotional bond. As well as dyadic art therapy, Adam is trained in EMDR and uses this approach to work individually with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, and also dyadically with children and their parents.

Adam lives with his family and various animals in Worthing. He enjoys cooking, cycling and continues to find time to practise his own art making process and from time to time he exhibits his work.

Education and Qualifications

  • EMDR Training Level 1, Parts 1 – 4

    (November 2018 – May 2019), Sian Morgan

  • Children’s Accelerated Trauma Treatment

    (2012), Carly Raby through BAAT

  • MA Art Psychotherapy

    Goldsmith University, London

  • BA Fine Art Painting

    Northbrook, West Sussex

Professional Development

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)

  • Safeguarding Children

    Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, 2019

  • Dyadic Art Therapy Training

    British Association of Art Therapies, 2017

  • Children’s Accelerated Trauma Treatment

    British Association of Art Therapies, 2011

  • Art Psychotherapy Supervision Training

    British Association of Art Therapies, 2009

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Anna Scarpellino

Child Psychotherapist

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Anna is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist with thirty years of extensive experience working with children, families, foster carers and adoptive parents. She worked in a residential children’s home and family centre before qualifying as a social worker. This brought her into close contact with the reality that trauma has on children and their families, and how prolifically it is transmitted from one generation to another. She undertook Court directed assessments of children, families and sibling groups, as well as work to reunite children with their parents or to support their transition to adoption.

Following her psychotherapy training Anna has worked in specialist CAMHS teams, providing treatment for children and young people manifesting the most complex social and mental health issues: self-harming, depression, anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders. She works in our Chichester clinic where she also specialises in supporting complexly traumatised families, alongside her CAMHS role.

Anna has a deep interest in developmental trauma, not only how it impacts on children and their life chances, but also the people who care for them. She is passionate about parent-child work. She is especially interested in parental mental health and working therapeutically with parents who carry unresolved childhood trauma into adulthood and the parenting of their children. She works also with substitute carers who may be subjected to secondary trauma as a consequence of caring for children with disordered attachments, and whose distress emerges in challenging behaviour.

Anna is also interested in group work and devising and providing attachment based trainings to different audiences using the PACE model.

Education and qualifications

  • MA in Couples Psychotherapy.

    Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, (Sept 2013 - Dec 2017.)

  • MA in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.

    Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, (Sept 2009 – Sept 2013.)

  • MA in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies.

    Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, (Sep 2006 - July (2009.)

  • Post Qualifying Award in Child Care.

    Portsmouth University, (2004.)

  • Social Work Diploma

    DipSW -Southampton Solent University, (1999.)

  • In Service Training in Social Care NVQ 3

    Eastleigh College, (1993.)

Professional Development

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)

  • Safeguarding Children

    Sussex Partnership NHS Trust

  • Child Attachment Interview Training.

    Anna Freud Centre, (2008.)

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Levels 1, 2 & 3.

    Family Futures, London, (2003-2005.)

  • ASI – Attachment Style Interview for Adoption/Foster Carers.

    London Uni. (2005.)

  • Attachment: Therapeutic Applications Across the Lifespan.

    Faculté de Médecine, University de Paris Descart, (2005.)

  • Adult Attachment & Psychopathology.

    Dr P Crittenden – Reading University, (2004.)

  • Children in Transition: Framework for Assessment & Communication with Children.

    Tavistock Clinic, (2001 - 2002.)

  • Foundation Course on Preparation for Adoption.

    Portsmouth City Council, (2002.)

  • Foundation in Group Analysis – 1 year.

    Institute of Group Analysis, (1995)

  • Foundation - Systemic Family Therapy–1 year.

    Hampshire Association of Family Therapy (1994)

  • RSA Counselling Skills

    Southampton Technical College, (1990.)

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Helen Townsend

Creative Advisor, Therapeutic Life Story Worker

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As an artist, author and adoptive parent – Helen is our Media and Events Co-ordinator and also offers a highly valued peer support service to other adoptive parents who are undergoing an intervention programme with our team. Inspired by her own family’s journey through Developmental Trauma, Helen is trained in the Richard Rose model of Therapeutic Life Story work which is a direct, sequential piece of work. As Richard Rose explains “children and young people can hear difficult things if those speaking with them are confident, caring and informed”. Helen feels privileged to work with traumatised children and their parents/carers and stand alongside them in their journey of discovering their life stories.

Author of ‘Before I Arrive’ – a handbook for adopters’ friends and families, Helen uses her skills as an illustrator and writer, in partnership with her lived experience as an adoptive parent, to convert complex therapeutic concepts into understandable and practical resources. Many of the resources that Helen has co-created with the Service’s clinical director, Dr Shoshanah Lyons, are down-loadable on our website for parents/carers and professionals to access.

Helen believes learning, development and education are key aspects of supporting families impacted by trauma. She takes pride in her role as training co-ordinator for Beacon House; and she over-sees the running of our new and innovative Training Centre in the Beacon House “Studio”. She enjoys offering training herself on creative communication and life story work; as well as co-training with colleagues in the team on topics related to developmental trauma.

Passionate about supporting families to regulate their young people, Helen is also the creator of Inner World Work (www.innerworldwork.co.uk) where all her resources are available to be downloaded for free.

Education and Qualifications

  • Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Life Story Work

    The Institute for Arts in Therapy & Education, London. December 2018

  • Counselling - CPCAB Level 2 Award

    Northbrook College, Worthing. September 2012 - July 2013

Professional Development

  • Angry About Everything: How to connect with the vulnerable young person underneath

    Centre for Child Mental Health, July 2019

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)

  • Advanced Safeguarding Training

    High Speed Training, April 2019

  • Therapeutic Life Story Work CPD Day: Emotional Regulation

    March 2019, Dr Shoshanah Lyons, Clinical Psychologist

  • Sensory Play

    Feb 2019, Ruth Stephens, Occupational Therapist

  • 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

  • International Trauma Recovery Summit, Belfast

    27th & 28th June 2018

  • Trauma & Hope

    Beacon House, 2017

  • Dan Hughes Masterclass

    Centre for Emotional Development, October 2016

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Dr. Helena Willson-Maunders

Clinical Psychologist

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Helena qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2005, and since then has worked in a number of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in the Midlands and South of England, including the States of Jersey. She was the lead for the health visitors and school nurses’ consultation service in Solihull CAMHS, and has taught the Solihull Approach (an integrative psychological model incorporating child development theory, psychoanalytic concepts and behaviour management) to health, social care and educational professionals around the UK. Her doctoral thesis and subsequent publication was in the field of early child intervention, and this focus has influenced her current clinical practice. Helena has worked with children with a variety of presentations, including anxiety, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma and depression, and finds that an understanding of the child’s early developmental history is often important component of their personal journey.

Helena also has extensive experience working with children on the autistic spectrum. She has worked within CAMHS as part of the diagnostic team, and within a school setting working directly with children who have a received a diagnosis. Currently Helena splits her time between working within a special school in Surrey – providing intervention work for children with an autism spectrum condition, and training and consultation to their teaching and care staff. Whilst not all children on the autism spectrum experience mental health difficulties, a significant number will exhibit symptoms of anxiety and depression in response to coping with the demands of daily living; many of these children can benefit from help with aspects such as emotional literacy and regulation in order to teach them learn to manage those overwhelming emotions and improve their quality of life.

Regardless of the child’s presenting difficulties, they can expect therapy sessions to be a safe, non-judgemental experience, which allows the child and his or her family to explore and better understand their needs.

Helena is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (membership number PYL22525) and is chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 092555).

Education and qualifications

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych)

    Universities of Coventry and Warwick (2002-2005)

  • BSc (hons) in Psychology

    University of Leicester (1992-1995)

Professional Development

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)

  • Safeguarding Adults, children & YA

    Priory Academy, 2019

  • Working with people with autism who present with eating disorders and working with ARFID (Avoidant Restrictive Feeding Intake Disorder)

    2 day workshop in March 2019

  • Treatment of neuro-developmental disorders (ASD and ADHD) through a behaviour modification approach to CBT

    1 day workshop in October 2017

  • British Psychological Society, 1 day workshop, October 2017

    Treatment of neuro-developmental disorders (ASD and ADHD) through a behaviour modification approach to CBT

  • Understanding trauma

    Solihull Approach, 1 day workshop, May 2017

  • Tackling anxiety in autism

    City University London, 1 day course, April 2017

Publication

  • Maunders, H., Giles, D., & Douglas, H. (2007). Mothers’ perceptions of community health professional support.

    Community Practitioner, 80 (4), 24-29.

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Mia Phillips

Psychotherapist

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Mia believes that change can happen through effective therapy and that it is possible, no matter what our circumstances, learn how to make the changes we need and to let go of the distress of our past.

She came to this work as a mature woman, wife and mother, having already met with many of life’s challenges and joys. These experiences influence the way she works, giving her an understanding of how great our individual potential can be and how fear, in all its different forms, can block or hide its growth and development. She learnt that compassion for oneself is a major foundation stone in building a happy life.

Mia’s personal knowledge of being in therapy also contributes to what she brings as a therapist; an understanding of what it feels like to be a client and how difficult that can be sometimes. She firmly believes that effective therapy helped her to gain more purpose and meaning in her life and, as a result of her positive experiences, went on to train in EMDR Therapy.

She has an interest and passion for early years’ development and its impact on adult lives.

After finishing her languages degree in Arabic and French, Mia worked in the commercial sector for over 20 years before beginning to train in mental health.

She worked within a GP setting for 12 years, 4 of which included the management of the counselling service.

She also provided Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) counselling for 6 years until 2016. She now work part time for Beacon House and part time in her own practice.

Mia often uses EMDR Therapy in her work. This therapy is a highly researched and evidence based treatment. that is strongly informed by the advances in neuroscience and is recommended by the World Health Organisation and NHS NICE Guidelines.

It is used for so many of the issues that people bring to therapy including childhood and adult trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), phobias, complex mourning, addictions, OCD, depression, birth and pregnancy trauma.

She obtained her Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling at Guildford College, becoming an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) in 2010 and she retains that level of membership.

Mia went on to train in in 2008 and refreshed that training in 2012. Through formal and rigorous full assessment of her work with clients, she was awarded Europe Accredited EMDR Practitioner status in 2016.

Mia found her Diploma in Supervision, which she achieved in 2013, invaluable when working with student and experienced therapists.

To continue giving her best to clients, Mia is committed to CPD, learning new skills, keeping her knowledge fresh and up to date, and being open to new ways of working and thinking. She receives regular clinical consultancy to ensure her work remains effective and ethical.

Education and Qualifications:

  • EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner

    2016, EMDR Europe

  • Diploma in Clinical Supervision

    2013, Surrey Counselling Training

  • EMDR Parts 1-3

    2008 Dr R Mitchell, Dr D Blore, London

  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy training

    2007 Brief Centre, London

  • Adv Diploma Humanistic Counselling

    2004-2006 Guildford College

  • BA Hons Arabic & French

    University of Westminster

Professional Development (CPD)

  • Advanced Safeguarding Training

    High Speed Training, August 2019

  • BACP Private Practice Conference

    2017, London

  • EMDR & Mindfulness

    2017, Dr Jamie Marich, London

  • Brainspotting Therapy

    2017, Dr M Grixti, Brighton

  • Trauma & Hope

    2017, Beacon House, Sussex

  • EMDR & the Transpersonal

    2017, M Brayne, Ipwsich

  • Feeling State Addiction Protocol Workshop

    Certificate of Completion 2017, Dr R Miller, London

  • Trauma & The Avoidant Client

    2016

  • The Psychic Impact of War & Terrorism on our Mental Health

    2016, Dr N Altman, Dr F Davoine, Prof Andrew Samuels et al, Tavistock Centre London

  • Shamanic Approaches in Modern Psychotherapy Conference

    2016, Dr C Mackinnon, London

  • Attachment, Dependency & Collaboration in Therapy for Complex Developmental Trauma Disorders

    2015, Dr K Steele, webinar

  • Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery

    2015, PODS, London

  • Working With Emergency Services

    2015 – Dr R Solomon, Brighton

  • Traumatic Stress – Therapeutic Implications of Neuroscience Research

    2015, Dr V van der Kolk, London

  • Grief and Loss

    2015 – Dr R Solomon, Brighton

  • Compassion Focused Therapy

    2015, Dr C Irons, Hove

  • PTSD & Complex PTSD from an Attachment Perspective

    2015, Dr F Zulueta, London

  • Working with Relational Trauma

    2014, PODS, Crawley, Sussex

  • Transforming Shame & Self Loathing

    2014, Dr J Fisher, London

  • EMDR Europe Conferences

    2013-2015, 2017

  • Working with the Traumatised Body

    2013, PODS, Huntingdon

  • Armed Forces Mental Health Champions Training: 2013

    Sussex Partnership/Army, Brighton

  • Attachment & Trauma

    2013, EMDR Association UK & Ireland, Newcastle

  • Working with the Traumatised Body: A Neurobiological Approach

    2013, Dr J Christie-Sands, Worthing, Sussex

  • Attachment Focused EMDR

    2013, Dr L Parnell, London

  • EMDR & Veterans: 2013

    EMDR UK & Ireland, York

  • EMDR Refresher Training

    2012, Sandi Richman, London

  • Positive Parenting Facilitator Training

    2011, Care for the Family, Surrey

  • EMDR UK & Ireland Conferences

    2010-2017

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Vallie Beagle

Psychotherapist

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Since completing her Psychodynamic training 20 years ago, Vallie has had a keen interest in working with trauma, especially childhood trauma. She is interested in the clinical implications of the Neuroscience in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which is providing important new insights into the processing of intense emotion in the aftermath of trauma.

Vallie has recently retired from the NHS where she was providing leadership, supervision and training to a group of counsellors and psychotherapists. She is an integrative psychotherapist and uses techniques from a wide range of theories in order to meet the need of the client. Since training as an Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist she has specialised in working with complex trauma.

Therapy with Vallie involves exploring the traces left behind by traumatic past experiences without spending too much time revisiting the original trauma. Psychoeducation on the working of the autonomic nervous system and its fight/flight/freeze responses and memory formation is an important aspect of the work. Individuals are encouraged to view current distressing difficulties as reminders / triggers left behind from unprocessed traumatic past experiences and to find different ways to deal with the imprints of their trauma on body, mind and soul.

An aspect of the work involves thinking about early attachment style patterns and Vallie will encourage the adult part of her clients to sooth their inner child. Once a trusting relationship has been established and trauma survivors feel safe and able to tolerate intense emotions, processing using bilateral stimulation to activate both the emotional and rational brain takes place.

Through her EMDR practice Vallie became acquainted with and inspired by a new psychotherapeutic model called Internal Family Systems Theory (IFS). It provides a new startling view of the human psyche and stipulates that every human being within has an internal family consisting of ‘parts’ that have a role to play in our lives. Some parts are open, friendly, others hold unresolved fear or shame from our childhood, some are performers; others solitary thinkers whilst others are carers for people and so on.

Internal Family Systems Theory suggests no matter how flawed someone perceives themselves to be, somewhere within there is a healthy functioning ’ Self’ our spiritual centre that is relaxed, open, and accepting of oneself and others. In order to achieve self-acceptance and inner peace, clients are encouraged to get to know, befriend and respect all their parts in the truest sense. She uses aspect of IFS in her practice with most trauma survivors aiming to help them make sense of their internal conflicts, improve their capacity to relate to others and form more a meaningful relationship with themselves.

Working with ‘parts’ looms largely in the field of Neuropsychology and Vallie is a fully qualified Internal Family Systems Therapist.

Vallie’s UKCP registration Number is 07159460

Education and Qualifications:

  • EMDR Accreditation

    awarded in January 2017

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing EMDR

    Richmond EMDR training London 2013

  • Interpersonal Psychotherapist IPT

    Surrey University 2012

  • Certificate in clinical Supervision

    Sussex Partnership 2009

  • Masters in Time Sensitive Psychotherapy

    Sussex University 2002

  • Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling

    Chichester Counselling Service 2000

Continual Professional Development

  • 15 days IFS training

    2018, 125 hrs

  • Child Protection Training

    NHS Worthing

  • Kent EMDR Conference

    September 2017

  • EMDR Europe Conference Barcelona

    July 2017

  • Designed & delivered a Supervision Training Course

    April - December 2017

  • Introduction to Internal Family Systems Theory

    March 2017

  • Sexuality in the modern word

    November 2016 Sussex Community Foundation Trust

  • International EMDR Conference DeHague

    June 2016

  • National EMDR Conference Liverpool

    March 2016

  • Neuroscience

    February 2016 Sussex Community Foundation Trust

  • Working with the Body

    October 2015 Sussex Community Foundation Trust

  • International EMDR Conference Milan

    July 2015

  • Beyond Words : The Art of Therapy

    June 2015 Sussex Community Foundation Trust

  • Traumatic Stress Seminar with Bessel van der Kolk

    May 2015 London

  • The Menopause Transition

    July 2014 Sussex Community Foundation Trust

  • International EMDR Conference Europe Edinburgh

    June 2014

  • Recognising and Assessing forms of Mental Health Disturbances

    February 2014 Sussex Community Foundation Trust

  • Group Process Skills

    September 2013 Sussex Community Foundation Trust

  • Attachment Focused EMDR Laurel Parnell

    September 2013

  • Suicide Awareness Training

    July 2013 Sussex Community Foundation Trust

  • CBT for Survivors of Childhood Trauma

    November 2012

  • Working with Complex Trauma

    November 2012

  • CBT Mood Management Group Facilitation

    July 2012

  • Working with Older Adults

    March 2012

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Dr Ruth Denton

Clinical Psychologist

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Ruth is a specialist child and adolescent Clinical Psychologist who works at Beacon House alongside her NHS CAMHS role. Within CAMHS and Beacon House, Ruth specialises in working with children and young people presenting with anxiety difficulties, low mood, OCD, trauma, and emotional dysregulation difficulties. Ruth also works as part of a systemic family therapy team and feels it is important to include families in all aspects of her clinical practice. Alongside her therapeutic work Ruth enjoys offering consultation and training to parents/carers, professionals, teachers and other members of a child’s network. Ruth integrates a range of therapeutic models in her clinical work and values developing a child/family-centred formulation to reflect on when determining psychological intervention. She is also trained in administering specialist neurodevelopmental assessments of children thought to be on the Autistic Spectrum.

Ruth has a specialist interest in working with children who have experienced Developmental Trauma and has worked in a range of NHS and local authority services before and during her clinical training. She has developed skills in therapeutic assessment and interventions using attachment, trauma and DDP-informed approaches.

Ruth has published an academic review paper on mental health assessment in children with experiences of Developmental Trauma which identified two key assessment tools which assess mental health in the context of attachment and trauma experiences. This has deepened her interest in understanding and working with this group of young people.

In her clinical work Ruth uses empathy and curiosity to seek to understand how children may be communicating their needs and emotions through their behaviour. Ruth believes in advocating for the child’s voice and seeks to help and support families caring for children with a range of complex needs. Ruth adopts a non-judgemental, open and curious approach in all aspects of her work and aims to create a safe, containing and warm atmosphere in her sessions. She uses playfulness and creativity in her therapeutic work with young people and children.

Ruth is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL33855) and is chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 338483).

Education and Qualifications

  • First Class Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology

    University of Southampton

  • Practitioner Doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychology

    University of Surrey (2013-2016)

  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy – Level A

    Surrey-Sussex IPT Centre (2016)

  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 Administration and Coding

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (2017)

  • Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised Administration and Coding

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (2017)

Professional Development

  • Safeguarding Children

    Avon & Wilts NHS Partnership Trust

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Level 2

    4 day workshop, Psychology Associates, Devon, Oct 2018

  • International Trauma Recovery Summit, Belfast

    27th & 28th June 2018

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Level 1

    4 day workshop, Psychology Associates, Devon, Feb 2018

  • Clinical Psychology Supervisor Workshops Day 1 & 2

    University of Southampton (2017)

  • Complex Trauma Workshop with David Tricky (1 day)

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Sept 2014

  • Safeguarding Children Level 3 (1 day)

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, June 2017

  • CBT for Social Phobia with Lucy Willetts (1 day)

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust May 2017

Publications

  • Denton, R., Frogley, C., John, M., & Querstret, D. (2016). The assessment of developmental trauma in children and adolescents: A systematic review.

    Journal of Child Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry, 22, 260-287.

  • Stopa, L. Denton, R., Wingfield, M., Taylor, K. (2013). The fear of others: A qualitative analysis of interpersonal threat in social phobia and paranoia. 

    Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 41(2), 188-209.

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Mel Campbell

Paediatric Occupational Therapist

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Mel is an advanced sensory integration practitioner who holds a Masters in Sensory Integration. She specialises in working with children with sensory processing difficulties. Mel is passionate about working with children who have experienced or been exposed to early childhood trauma and integrates a wealth of experience in working with children and young people to help develop their skills and personal achievements in their personal wellbeing, functional skills, education and leisure.

Mel has a positive, enthusiastic approach and draws upon her years of experience of working with children and young people with ADHD, Autism, DCD, associated anxiety, sensory processing and motor difficulties along with children who have experienced trauma in their early years to provide a holistic, practical and flexible approach. Her treatment plans are unique to each individual and aim to help each child reach their unique potential.

Mel qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1991 and has worked in a variety of different health care and community based settings prior to specialising in working with children and young people. She has worked in a variety of mainstream and additional needs educational settings providing a range of specialised individual intervention, targeted and group work; as well as bespoke programmes and staff training.

Mel is currently working towards her certification Level 1 in Sensory Attachment. In addition, she is a mother to three children and an advanced yoga teacher and uses yoga to help the associated anxieties many children with complex needs encounter. She is the author of the ‘Yoga of Pregnancy’ book and created a Sensory Processing Yoga programme which is available on DVD.

Mel is registered and regulated by Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC); is a Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) and a Member of College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section – Independent Practise (COTSS-IP).

Education and Qualifications:

  • Sensory Attachment Intervention Module 1

    November 2017

  • MSc. in Sensory Integration, 2017

    Ulster University

  • Post graduate Diploma in Sensory Integration Therapy 2015

    Ulster University

  • Advanced Sensory Integration practitioner 2014

    Sensory Integration Network

  • Sensory Integration Module 4 – From planning to treatment 2014

    Sensory Integration Network UK

  • Sensory Integration Module 2/3 – Assessment to Practice 2013

    Sensory Integration Network UK

  • Sensory Integration Module 1 – Foundations and Neuroscience 2012

    Sensory Integration Network UK

  • PG Diploma COT

    Salford College of Technology 1991

Continuing Professional Development includes:

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)

  • International Trauma Recovery Summit, Belfast

    27th & 28th June 2018

  • Safeguarding Children

    Windlesham School, 2018

  • Just Right State Programme

    2018

  • Clinical Interpretation & Report Writing

    2018

  • Attachment and Psychopathology

    Dr. P. Crittenden - December 2017

  • Feeding and Sensory Issues

    Training completed 2016

  • Handwriting without Tears

    Training completed 2015

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Dr E. Felicity Williams

Clinical Psychologist

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Felicity is a warm and approachable Clinical Psychologist, who specialises in working with children, young people and their families. She has over ten years’ experience of working in mental health services within the NHS.

Felicity has worked with children and their families across a range of settings, including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), paediatric psychology teams, schools and inpatient services. She has worked therapeutically with both individuals and groups, and has provided training in a number of therapeutic approaches.

Felicity is experienced in working with young people presenting with a wide variety of difficulties, including low mood, anxiety, and relationship issues. She is able to help with issues around toileting, sleep and behaviour. Felicity also enjoys working with parents and carers to further develop their understanding of a child’s difficulties and think together about ways of moving forward.

Felicity has a special interest in working with children and young people with chronic health conditions (including diabetes and asthma) and has worked in a number of hospital based paediatric psychology teams.

Felicity aims to provide a warm, non-judgemental space to support families with the difficulties they are facing. She adopts a flexible, collaborative way of working and draws on a range of different therapeutic approaches. These include CBT, narrative and solution-focused therapies. Felicity places huge value on the therapeutic relationship and strives to be respectful, curious and creative. She is always interested in exploring the resources and interests of children and their families, and in using these in working towards their chosen goals.

Felicity is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (membership number PYL23656) and is Chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 146892).

Education and Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych)

    University of East London (2005-2008)

  • BSc Hons in Psychology

    University of Newcastle (1998-2001)

Professional Development

  • Sensory Processing Yoga, Mel Campbell

    Beacon House June 2019

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)

  • What you need to know about autism with Tony Attwood

    Sheffield, 15/05/19

  • Developmental Trauma in Children & Families with Dr Shoshanah Lyons

    Beacon House, April 2019

  • Child Bereavement Conference

    University of Chichester, 20/10/17

  • Traumatic Dissociation – how to assess and treatment plan for dissociative clients with Maeve Crowley

    Beacon House, 09/09/17

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Adolescents

    Dr Russ Harris 2017

  • Paediatric Psychology Network UK National Conference

    British Psychological Society 2017

  • Working Together to Safeguard Children

    West Sussex County Council 2017

  • Motivational Interviewing

    British Psychological Society 2015

  • Introduction to Mindfulness

    Mindfulness Sussex 2015

  • The Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty and Consent

    Sussex Partnership Trust 2014

  • Anxiety Traps: CBT Antidotes

    Christine Padesky 2012

Publication

  • Williams, E. F., Gannon, K. & Soon, K. (2011). The experiences of young people with Epidermolysis Bullosa Simplex: A qualitative study.

    Journal of Health Psychology, 16 (5), 701-710.

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Dr Jon Chatfield

Clinical Psychologist

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Jon is a Clinical Psychologist with over a decade’s experience of working with people across the lifespan, in a range of inpatient and community settings; and specialising in working in adult mental health and forensic settings. Jon has experience in a variety of therapeutic approaches, but most commonly draws on Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and aspects of Schema-Focussed Therapy (SFT) in his everyday work. Jon has extensive experience working with clients with interpersonal difficulties and common mood and anxiety disorders, and has a special interest in working with complex and attachment trauma, which would often include people who may have attracted a diagnosis of personality disorder at some point in their lives.

Individualised psychological formulation is at the heart of Jon’s therapeutic work, created collaboratively with the person seeking therapy to ensure that they are meaningful and closely aligned to their experiences, values and goals. Jon emphasises the importance of the quality of the therapeutic relationship, and in creating a safe and creative environment in which psychological change can occur. Jon utilises a range of therapeutic tools, including diagrams, letters and creative activities, in order to match the individual needs and interests of each person he works with.

Jon also has experience of utilising a broad range of neuropsychological and risk assessments in a variety of settings, requiring him to produce and communicate high quality reports to clients, carers and other professionals. Jon has also worked extensively with staff teams both in the NHS and other organisations, to develop their capacity to work with people with a range of mental health difficulties.

Jon is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL30226).

Education and qualifications

  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) Standard Accredited Training (In progress)

    Eight day training course, accredited by EMDR Europe Association, Parts 1-2 complete, Parts 3-4 in progress, due for completion May 2019

  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Practitioner Training

    Two year therapy training course, accredited by the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (2016-2018)

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology

    Canterbury Christ Church University (2010-2013)

  • MSc Forensic Psychology

    University of Surrey (2007-2008) – Merit

  • BA (Hons) Social Psychology

    University of Sussex (2003-2006) – First Class Honours

Professional Development

  • Safeguarding Children

    NHS Mylearning, 2017

  • Breaking Down the Wall – Schema Therapy in Forensic Settings

    One day workshop, Psych2Health in association with Schema Therapy Associates, 14th June 2017

  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy and Trauma

    Half-day CPD session, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, 2nd June 2017

  • Using imagery methods to enhance the effectiveness of CBT

    One-day CBT Masterclass, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, 23rd February 2015

  • Induction for New Supervisors’ Workshop

    Two days at Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University, 16th-17th July 2014

  • Introduction to Psychodynamic Concepts: A Workshop for Clinical Psychologists

    5 day workshop, The Tavistock Clinic, 8th-12th April 2013

  • Borderline Personality Disorder: A Brief Training in Mentalization Based Techniques

    Three half day workshops, Kent and Medway Partnership NHS Trust, Spring 2011

Publications

  • Stevens, P., Bali, K., & Chatfield, J. (2011).

    Resettlement of residents from approved premises: Results of a London Probation-NHS collaborative pilot project, Probation Journal, 58 (2), 155-166.

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Frankie McLean

Chartered Child and Family Clinical Psychologist

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Frankie has twenty years’ experience of working with children and their families/carers. She has extensive experience of working therapeutically in a range of NHS and Local Authority clinical settings including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services both in London and Sussex, as well as specialist services such as The Traumatic Stress Clinic (London) and SWIFT Specialist Family Service (East Sussex). Frankie’s style of working with children and families is eclectic and draws on a range of theories and therapeutic styles.

Frankie has 18 years’ experience of working as an expert witness to the Family Courts both as an Independent expert witness and as part of a multi-disciplinary team (The Traumatic Stress Clinic & SWIFT Specialist Family Service). Frankie specialises in working with families in crisis where there are complex and multiple difficulties; where children have been subject to trauma, abuse and neglect over a prolonged period. She also has extensive experience in assessing extremely vulnerable families and individuals including children and parents with special needs, parental mental health problems, domestic abuse and substance misuse. Frankie has many years’ experience of working with children in foster care and of supporting foster carers and wider family members caring for children unable to live with their parents.

In her role at Beacon House Frankie undertakes expert witness assessments for the Family Courts, and provides therapeutic services to children and their families who are suffering with difficulties such as anxiety, low mood and low self-esteem.

Frankie is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL30647) and is chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 167713).

Education and qualifications

  • Level 1 EMDR Children & Adolescents

    University of London (2 days April 2018)

  • Mentalization-Based Treatment for Families (MBT-F)

    Anna Freud Centre Part 1 (2 days June 2017) Part 2 (2 days September 2017)

  • Video Interaction Guidance (VIG)

    SWIFT Specialist Family Service In-House training (2015) Transition to Stage 2 (April 2017)

  • Child Attachment Interview (CAI)

    Structured Assessment of Attachment (8-16 years) Anna Freud Centre (4 days March 2017)

  • Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) for Parents Reflective Parenting

    Anna Freud Centre (2 days February 2017)

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing)

    Richman training Parts 1, 2 & 3 (September 2015 – April 2017)

  • Story Stem Attachment Profile (SSAP)

    Structured Assessment of Attachment (4-8 year olds) Anna Freud Centre (September 2015; Accreditation January 2016)

  • MSc Clinical Psychology

    University College London (1992-1995)

  • BSc (Hon’s) Psychology

    Bristol University (1987-1990)

Professional Development

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)

  • International Trauma Recovery Summit

    Belfast, 27th & 28th June 2018

  • Trauma-focused CBT for children and young people with PTSD

    Dr David Trickey, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (1 day 2015)

  • Cognitive Therapy for PTSD to multiple events: working out where to start

    Dr Pippa Stallworthy, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (1 day 2015)

  • Parenting Neuroscience Intervention Conference

    Anna Freud Centre (1 day 2014)

  • Skills Development in Systemic Psychotherapy

    Institute of Family Therapy (IFT 1999)

  • Foundation Course in Systemic Psychotherapy

    Institute of Family Therapy (IFT 1999)

  • Excellence in report writing

    Bond Solon Expert witness training (1998)

  • Courtroom Skills

    Bond Solon Expert witness training (1998)

  • Solution Focussed Therapy with families

    London, 1997

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Becky Hasnip

Drama Therapist

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Becky is a highly experienced clinician with over 18 years’ experience. She has worked with a wide variety of client groups, across the age spectrum, in different and complex settings including forensic mental health, personality disorder, looked after and adopted children, children with challenging behaviour, autism, learning disabilities and older adults; working with both individuals and groups.

Alongside her role with Beacon House, Becky works in a secure hospital with adult offenders whose psychological difficulties have brought them into contact with the Criminal Justice system. Prior to this, she worked for a National gender specific service in an enhanced medium secure unit for women. She has also worked for Roundabout – a large Dramatherapy charity in London, where she led on the setting up of services.

In addition to her work as a dramatherapist, Becky is an approved Creative Arts Supervisor and as such, supervises the practice of dramatherapists, dramatherapy trainees and other therapists.

Her current practice is with vulnerable and traumatised individuals. Becky’s focus at the start of any work therefore is the importance of building up the skills needed prior to any deeper self reflection. With this in mind, she uses the metaphor of going on a journey of self discovery, firstly needing to ensure you have packed the tools you will need along the way. Through the safety and containment of art forms such as stories, objects, role play and movement, Becky encourages individuals to express themselves in ways that are comfortable and feel appropriate. The creative methods then provide a point of reference for the therapy, offering enlightenment and reflection around key areas of a person’s life. This can provide individuals with a greater insight into themselves and to how they relate to the world. Becky is highly skilled at adapting this way of working to all ages and all abilities.

Dramatherapy focuses on the power of the imagination and play, and this is at the heart of Becky’s practice beginning with Winncott’s ‘potential space’. Becky’s clinical work is both attachment and Jungian informed, believing it is about working alongside each other in relationship that allows a sense of trust and safety to be achieved. She particularly works with the use of story and storytelling, allowing the power of the archetypal language to provide a platform for growth and development. She believes that when there is an opportunity to explore new ways of being and chances to ‘step into another person’s shoes’ then perspective taking and empathy can be achieved; allowing a greater ability to look inwards. Becky’s style is very adaptable and as such is person centered, non-judgmental and recovery focused. She uses her creative tool kit to adapt the therapy to suit each individual which in turn encourages adaptability within whomever she works with.

As a Sesame trained Drama and Movement therapist, Becky works very much with the language of the body; recognising that it is often through body work; using movement and sensory exploration that the most insight and integration can occur.

Becky is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (No: AS01401) and a Member of the British Association of Dramatherapists (No: 2834)

Education and Qualifications

  • Advanced Diploma in Creative Arts Supervision Training 2004-2005

    Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

  • Post graduate Diploma in Drama & Movement Therapy 1998-1999

    Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

  • BA (Hons) in Performing Arts 2:1 1993-1996

    Middlesex University

Professional Development

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)

  • Safeguarding Children

    NHS England, 2018

  • Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) Basic Training

    Anna Freud Centre, 2016

  • Critical Incident Stress Management

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, 2016

  • Cultivating the Field – Innovation, Performance and Risk in Dramatherapy

    British Association of Dramatherapists Conference, 2015

  • Working with Self Harm

    South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, 2015

  • Communicube - Multi Purpose Communication Tool Training

    Dr. John Casson/ British Association of Dramatherapists, 2014

  • Boundaries, Borders, Loyalty and Betrayal

    British Association of Dramatherapists Conference, 2014

  • Introduction to Restorative Justice Practice in Mental Health

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, 2014

  • ‘Destructive Whirlwind’ or ‘Crying out for Care?’ BPD in the In-patient Setting

    Dr Kingsley Norton West London Mental Health Trust, 2011

  • Distress Signature Tool (Trainer Level)

    Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trusts – Rampton Hospital, 2011

  • The role of Art Therapy in helping offenders with Anger issues

    Arts Therapies Forensic Conference – Institute of Psychoanalysis, 2010

  • Working with Personality Disorder: Raising Awareness Level Knowledge and Understanding Framework (Trainer Level)

    Institute of Mental Health, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, 2010

  • Every Picture tells a Story

    International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy, 2009

  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy and its uses in Arts Therapies Treatment

    Stella Compton Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation trust, 2009

  • Introduction to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

    West London Mental Health Trust, 2008

  • Working with Women in Secure Settings

    Inequality Agenda, 2008

Risk Assessments Trained in

  • HCR-20 V3 Assessing Risk for Violence Version 3

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

  • SAPROF Structured Assessment of Protective Factors for violence risk

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

  • VRS - Violence Risk Scale

    West London Mental Health Trust

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Amanda Brannan

Therapeutic Social Worker

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Amanda is a Social Worker with thirteen years’ experience of working within the Local Authority. Amanda started her career working in the Contact and Assessment Team where she worked with children and their families who were subject to Child in Need and Child Protection planning. Amanda has extensive experience of undertaking multiple and complex assessments of children’s needs and parental capacity as well as experience in emergency protection work to ensure the immediate safety of children.

Amanda has ten years’ experience working within a specialist team for children on the edge of care, providing assessment and intervention work for parents /carers and younger age children. Within this team Amanda has undertaken a wide range of assessment work and delivered specialist intervention work to support parents and children experiencing multiple and complex difficulties.

Amanda held the post of Senior Practitioner and then Practice Manager within the same service where she supervised and lead a team of Social Workers and child and family workers in embedding and delivering high quality intervention work with children and their families experiencing issues such as complex trauma, attachment difficulties, domestic abuse, drug and alcohol misuse and mental ill health.

Amanda is committed to supporting other peoples practice and has eight years’ experience delivering high quality reflective supervision, guidance and training to others.

Amanda has been at the forefront of supporting services develop in the areas of parent and child relationship interventions and held the practice lead role for Child and Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT).

Amanda is an enthusiastic and dedicated practitioner who has a specific interest in working with complex trauma and attachment difficulties. She has attended a range of training courses focussing on attachment and trauma informed approaches. More recently Amanda has undertaken further specific training and is working toward being a fully accredited practitioner in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). DDP is an attachment focused therapy developed by Daniel Hughes and Arthur Becket-Weildman. It is an evidence-based treatment for complex trauma and attachment difficulties. DDP is a family focused approach that incorporates a focus on relationships, attunement, intersubjectivity and sensitive responsiveness.

In her role in Beacon House as Therapeutic Social Worker, Amanda offers parenting interventions that incorporate the principles of DDP while working toward her full accreditation. In addition to this, Amanda offers therapeutic parenting interventions to adopters and foster carers. With Amanda’s experience working with young children, she also offers parent consultations about effective and sensitive parenting approaches which can support more positive behaviour in the child, and a greater emotional connection.

Education and qualifications

  • BA (Hons) English

    Chichester University

  • Diploma in Social Work

    University of Chichester 2004

  • Post Qualifying Award Level 1

    University of Chichester 2005

  • Post Qualifying Child Care Award

    University of Chichester 2007

  • Child Care award

    Chichester University 2007

Continued professional development

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Level Two

    October 2017, Sue Drake

  • Boarderline Personality Disorder and Treatment

    Dr Lyons – 2017

  • Parenting with PACE

    Dr Daniel Hughes – 2015

  • Just What We Need – Group intervention

    2016

  • Narrative Work – Beyond the Transcript

    Dr Lyons – 2015

  • Attachment Informed Observation

    Dr Lyons – 2015

  • Attachment Based Practice with Adults

    Rebecca Carr-Hopkins – In Trac Associate 2015

  • Developing and Enhancing Child and Parent Attachments

    Dr Lyons – 2014

  • Keeping Things Safe and Helpful

    Dr Lyons – 2014

  • Promoting Attachment

    Dr Lyons ad Dr Taylor - 2014

  • Parental Trauma and Mental Health

    Dr Lyons – 2014

  • Childhood Trauma

    Dr Lyons - 2014

  • Attachment and the Neuroscience of the Brain

    Dr Margot Sunderland - 2011

Assessment Tools

  • Attachment Informed Observation

    Dr Lyons - 2015

  • PAMs

    Parent Assessment Manual (Dr Sue McGaw 2012)

  • Signs of Safety

    (Dr Andrew Turnell 2012)

  • NIMT

    (Neglect Identification and measurement tool)

Specialist Training

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy

    Julie Hudson - 2017

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Hamish Hill

Clinical Psychologist

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Hamish is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who has been working with parents, carers, children and young people since 2009. Prior to joining the team at Beacon House, he held positions within specialist child and adolescent teams in Australia and in the UK.

Hamish has experience supporting families with a wide range of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress reactions, OCD, neurodevelopmental conditions (ADHD and ASC), chronic pain, psychosis, and complex trauma. In addition to his roles within child and adolescent mental health services, Hamish has previously worked in an adult mental health team, an organisation supporting refugees and asylum seekers, a telephone crisis line and a family support team.

When working with families, Hamish first seeks to develop a shared understanding of the concerns they bring to therapy, as well as agreeing on the goals and tasks of the work. In the context of a safe therapeutic relationship, children, young people and their families are able to reconnect with their own capacities and strengths, as well as make use of ideas, practices and skills from evidence-based treatments. Hamish’s aim is to help families create and sustain the conditions which allow children and young people to recover and thrive. To this end, while he often offers a confidential therapeutic space for young people, Hamish sees his role as involving parents and other supportive adults wherever possible.

Hamish draws on a range of therapeutic models in his work with families, including Mentalization-Based Treatment, Attachment-Focussed Family Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma-Focussed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. He also has an interest in practices that integrate psychotherapy with contemporary knowledge about the brain.

Hamish is registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (registration number PYL33168) and is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (member number 431819).

Education and Training

  • Clinical Psychology Registrar Program

    2-year programme of post-qualification supervised practice and training leading to endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist, completed at St George Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service; Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency /,St George CAMHS, Sydney, Australia, Jan 2014 – Jan 2016

  • Master of Clinical Psychology

    2-year clinical training program leading to registration as a practitioner psychologist; University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia, Feb 2012 – Dec 2013

  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Honours

    1-year research degree satisfying requirements to enter clinical psychology training; Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, Feb – Dec 2011

  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology

    3-year undergraduate psychology course; Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 2008-2010

  • Graduate Diploma of Counselling

    Counselling diploma completed at the Australian College of Applied Psychology, Sydney, Australia, 2007-2010

  • Bachelor of Arts (Languages): History and French Studies

    Sydney University, Sydney, Australia and University of Provence Aix-Marseille I, Aix-en-Provence, France, 2003-2007

Professional Development

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

    Child Training Level 1: Susan Darker-Smith: Londond, UK, July 2019 (2 days)

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

    Part 3: Sandi Richman: London, UK, July 2019 (3 days)

  • Advanced Safeguarding Training

    High Speed Training, May 2019

  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan

    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)

  • Attachment and Psychopathology: Special Topics

    Dr Patricia Crittenden: Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust December 2018 (3 days)

  • Attachment and Psychopathology Conference

    Patricia Crittenden; Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, December 2017 (3 days)

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing

    Part 1: Sandi Richman; London, UK, October 2017 (4 days)

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing

    Part 2: Sandi Richman; London, UK, July 2018 (1 day)

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP Level 1)

    Dan Hughes, Penpont, UK, May 2017 (4 days)

  • Mentalization-Based Therapy for Adolescents (MBT-A)

    Peter Fonagy and Trudie Rossouw, Anna Freud National Centre For Children and Families, London, UK, April 2017 (3 days)

  • Trauma-Focussed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Young People

    David Trickey; Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, London, February 2017 (2 days)

  • Exploring Together training for school-based early intervention program

    South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, Sydney, June 2015 (3 days)

  • Circle of Security-Parenting training – attachment-focused reflective parenting model.

    Glenn Cooper, Sydney, Australia, February 2014 (4 days)

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Workshop

    Specialist Psychological Services, Wollongong, Australia, December 2013 (1 day)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) workshop

    Russ Harris, Sydney, Australia, June 2012 (2 days)

  • Training for the parenting program Confident Carers, Cooperative Kids

    Mark Donovan, Wollongong, Australia, April 2012 (2 days)

  • Working with Refugee Communities; From Horror to Hope – Domestic Violence in Refugee Communities.

    University of New South Wales Centre for Refugee Research, Sydney, Australia, February 2010 (2 days)

  • Lifeline telephone crisis counselling training including ASIST suicide intervention training

    Lifeline, Sydney, Australia, February 2009 (10 days)

Research and publications

  • Gonsalvez, C. J., Brockman, R. and Hill, H., Video feedback in CBT supervision: review and illustration of 2 specific techniques. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist. (Published online Oct 2016). DOI:10.1017/S1754470X1500029X.
  • Hill, H. R. M., Crowe, T. P., Gonsalvez, C. J. (2015). Reflective dialogue in clinical supervision: A pilot study involving collaborative review of supervision videos. Psychotherapy Research, DOI: 10.1080/10503307.2014.996795
  • Hill, H. R. M. (2014). Transitions to systemic practice for a clinical psychology trainee. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, (35:3), 277-290. DOI: 10.1002/anzf.1064
  • Rosen, A., McGorry, P. D., Hill, H. R. M., Rosenberg, S. P. (2012). The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority and mental health services: It is not a case of “one size fits all”, Medical Journal of Australia, 196(11), 675-677. DOI: 10.5694/mja12.10564
  • Mental Health Coordinating Council (2012). Implementing supervision practices in mental health community managed organisations in NSW. Lilyfield: Author.
  • Hill, H. R. M., Yasin, N. (2011). Controlling behaviour in intimate partnerships: Associations with trauma symptoms, romantic self-efficacy and romantic satisfaction. Unpublished Psychology Honours Thesis, Macquarie University.
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