I am Judith Cousins and I work here at Sea Change Psychotherapy as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. I have over 12 years’ worth of experience working within generic/community CAMHS and have also spent time in different specialist teams. In one of these we supported children and young people with eating disorders and were successful in reducing the need for hospital admission by offering a community-based service that offered intense support. I have also worked for a specialist ‘Looked After Children’ team that offered support and treatment for young people within the care system.
I have worked in residential care settings offering individual work to young people as well as offering training and consultation to care staff and fellow clinicians. I have undertaken training at The Portman Clinic into offending behaviours in young people and how to support and manage such challenging behaviours.
I have worked in a residential school for children and young people with complex needs and learning disabilities and offered pupils individual work and worked with staff to develop their understanding of their pupils beyond the diagnosed disability. I regularly offer consultation to colleagues and have undertaken the supervision training at the Birmingham Trust for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (BTPP).
Prior to my training I worked within education as a primary school teacher for a number of years and the early years of life have always been of particular interest to me. Being able to observe infants and gain insight to their internal world has helped inform my practice with both children and young adults. I have taught within further and higher education helping to develop degree programmes in relation to early years development and education.