Experience

My psychotherapy is informed by over 20 years experience in mental health across the broadest spectrum of settings and difficulties - from primary care (GP surgery) level to clients with major mental illness in the community as well as with patients in or leaving secure hospitals/units.  

In addition, my work and understanding of human problems benefits from nearly 30 years in social work across every age of client and type of difficulty/disability and also different kinds of teaching experience.

2013 - now

           Increased my private practice to full-time.

2009 - 2013

High Intensity CBT Therapist in NHS for IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) in one of the Home Counties.

  • Providing CBT assessment and treatment for depression, PTSD and all the anxiety disorders including OCD & BDD
  • Carrying a complex caseload including multiple co-morbidity, and physical and developmental disorders or illness (Head Injury, IBS, Asperger’s Syndrome, disabling medical conditions)
  • Project Lead for Veterans (armed forces)

1991 – now

Active member of a county wide Post-Disaster Support Team that provides support, counselling, training and liaison with other agencies.

2003 – 2009

Senior Social Worker and ASW/AMHP in a busy Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) in the London area within a resource centre that included a day care facility.

  • Social work with a complex range of clients who had severe and enduring mental illness
  • Supervised therapeutic work with clients using CBT and CAT techniques 
  • Undertaking full initial assessments on behalf of the team

1991 – 2003

Senior Social Worker and ASW in a busy CMHT in one of the Home Counties but in an area of high need, crime and deprivation.

  • Six month ‘job-swop’ with a colleague at Broadmoor (1997) – increased knowledge and understanding of forensic work including risk
  • Development of other professional interests including bereavement, childhood sexual abuse, adoption, voice-hearing and risk management
  • Social work and care management tasks, including supervised therapeutic work, within a large and complex caseload
  • Supervision of less experienced staff

1993 – 2000

EMERGENCY DUTY TEAM – Sessional Duty Social Worker and ASW. Out–of-hours social work service for every client group across a whole county.

  • Consolidation of generic social work experience, especially regarding crisis intervention and brief intervention

1987 – 1991

Social Worker and Senior Social Worker in a ‘patch’ team covering both rural and poor urban areas. Generic social work service.

  • Development of the skills and knowledge necessary to work with a truly generic caseload encompassing every social work client group. Developed an interest in adoption after helping the adoption and fostering team with assessments and reports.

1981 – 1987

Residential Social Worker to Senior Residential Social Worker (1985) to Deputy Officer in Charge (1986). A social services ‘core and cluster’ residential unit for learning disability clients in the London area - 10 beds plus unstaffed 6 bedded home and 6 clients in their own tenancies.

  • Development of skills in residential social work including using management training, working with learning disability clients and using some behavioural and counselling techniques

1979 –1981

Junior School Teacher in a large junior school in outer London. 

  • Classroom teaching, mainly of nine and ten year olds, sometimes five to six year olds.