Since 2019 I have worked in Private Practice at Conatus, alongside my senior leadership role within the NHS. I have a special interest in psychological development in the early years and understanding how this impacts on later life. I have considerable experience in working with children and young people who have a history of trauma or neglect and supporting their parents or carers. I use a range of psychological approaches, most recently undertaking training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), which is particularly useful for helping families where the child has experienced trauma or disruptions to their relationships with parents or carers. I undertake specialist psychological assessments for difficulties such as anxiety or depression and also for neurodevelopmental difficulties, such as Autistic Spectrum Conditions and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Sometimes I work with just the young person, other times just the parents or carers or it can be that everyone is seen together, depending on how we make sense of the difficulties and everyone’s choices about what feels best for them. Whoever I am working with it is very important to me that they feel respected and have a clear sense that we are working collaboratively together toward their goals