I have worked with children, young people and families for twenty years. I began my career in youth work before moving to work in children’s residential homes where I became increasingly interested in mental health, attachment related behaviour and the impact of developmental trauma. I worked briefly within adult mental health when undertaking my master’s degree in social work, and have worked as a children’s social worker since.
I spent a number of years as an Advanced Practitioner within child protection before moving to my current role as a Senior Therapeutic Social Worker in 2015. Since this time, I have undertaken a range of therapeutic training to help children and young people overcome the trauma and adversity they have experienced, and to support their parents and carers to meet their needs. It is within this team that I met Sarah and was trained in the BUSS model in 2016. The model has transformed my understanding of developmental trauma and has significantly enhanced my practice; I now use this model as the starting block for all my therapeutic interventions and assessment of therapeutic need.
- BA [Hons] Social Policy
- Diploma Connexions Personal Advisor
- MA Social Work
- PGDip Safeguarding and Welfare
- AIM trained / good lives
- Theraplay level 1
- DBT (Foundation level)
- Trauma focused CBT (Foundation level)
- NVR (Foundation level)
- EFT level 2
- I have undertaken continual professional development and have particular interest within areas including; attachment and complex trauma, child development, loss, emotional regulation, harmful sexual behaviour, addiction, therapeutic life story work, self-harm, creative therapy, parent / child work, therapeutic parenting, resilience, working through shame.
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