Before undertaking my clinical training I spent 5 years working in a Therapeutic Community in Kent with children and young people who had been sexually abused. I went on to train at the Anna Freud Centre in London and held a number of part-time roles alongside this in teaching on a UCL course, research at Great Ormond Street, parent-Infant work at the Anna Freud Centre and co-facilitating a therapeutic group for children.
I qualified in 2006 and worked in an NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in South London, a Local Authority Infant School and an Independent Fostering Agency. I relocated to the Midlands late in 2007 and spent 8 years working in an NHS service for older adolescents with acute mental health needs. I have continued to work with children and young people of all ages in foster care, and with a range of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, throughout this time. I have also worked extensively with parents and carers and the professional systems around individual children and young people. In addition to clinical work I enjoy the challenges of teaching and supervising other professionals.