I am primarily a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and worked as an NHS Consultant in Wales and the South West of England from 1992. I have undertaken additional training in Forensic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and, through this and my experience as an Expert Witness in the Family Courts, I have been able to gain experience working with children and young people who have experienced early adversity.
Through working with this group of young people, who are often described as “hard to reach” or “not meeting referral criteria”, I became increasingly frustrated by the limitations of talking therapies or medication provided in a clinic room. Hence my wish to provide high quality assessments and interventions in a more flexible way.
More than anything my approach aims to be practical, trying to work with the young person and their family or carers to make life better for everyone. My preference is to work from home so that there is access to the horses and to outdoor spaces but I am happy to travel.
In addition to this I have a wealth of experience working with children and young people (and their families and carers) including young people for whom verbal communication is a challenge.
I qualified as a doctor at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in 1983. My psychiatry training was at the Royal Free and St George’s Hospital in London.
I have EAGALA Stage 1 training and am currently working towards qualification as an Eponaquest instructor. All work with the horses is on the ground. I have regular coaching/supervision sessions for the equine assisted work.