I have had a special interest in working with families since qualifying as a music therapist 19 years ago. I developed a dyadic way of using music therapy to enable parents and children to find new ways of relating non-verbally, shifting negative patterns of interacting. It was a natural development to integrate Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy into my clinical work, offering a reflective space for parents to enable them to develop insight into themselves and their children.
In my private practice I receive referrals from county councils, offering support to adoptive families. I carry out therapy for both early intervention and crisis intervention, pre and post adoption order, supporting the development of healthy attachments. I also work in a school for children with severe learning difficulties, working with individual children and supporting families using the DDP model. For six years I ran a group work programme for parent and child dyads, combining music therapy, elements of Theraplay and sensory attachment integration within a DDP framework. This was successfully offered to both adoptive families and families with Special Guardianship Orders.
For the past two years I have co-facilitated Kim Golding’s Nurturing Attachment Programme and in the autumn, I will begin co-facilitating her Foundations for Attachment.
Therapeutic Parenting Training, Clinical work with parents and children and Supervision of therapists.