Senior Management Team
Dr Margot Sunderland, D.Psych, D.Litt (Hon), MA, BEd, Dip GPTI, F.Coll.T, UKCP reg.
Graeme Blench, LLCMTD, Dip MUSIC THERAPY, Dip SD
Melanie Guymer, Head of School
Tim Beeston, Business and Finance Manager
Shefa Jahan, Academic Registrar
Claire-Louise Vaculik, Programme Director MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy
Roz Read, Programme Director MA Integrative Child Psychotherapy
Lecturers, tutors & guest lecturers
Dr Marie Adams
UKCP registered Psychotherapist and former journalist with the BBC, now a consulting Psychotherapist to the BBC; training news and documentary staff on trauma and mental health (staff who often witness traumatic events in Britain and abroad.) Research interest in how therapists’ personal lives impact their work with clients. Author: The Myth of the Untroubled Therapist, is published by Routledge.
Louise is the Course Director for the Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts (Weekend Route). She is also Course Director for Artgym Academy and Academic Board Member. She was responsible at Artgym for designing and launching the first fully accredited Advanced Diploma in Facilitating Transformation. She has an MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy from Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education and numerous qualifications in personal development and group work to include - Group Facilitation skills at the University of Surrey, Process Orientated Psychology and Facilitation, Appreciative Inquiry, NLP and Non Violent Communication. She is also a researcher and course curriculum designer with a specialist interest in the application of arts-based methodologies in experiential group learning and education.
Registered Integrative Child Psychotherapist and Consultant and Trainer in Parenting and Communication Skills. Principal trainer for Trauma Informed Schools UK running mental health training for staff in every school in Cornwall.
Carla is the Programme Director for the Diploma in Counselling Teenagers. Having worked in education for over 25 years, she has a wealth of experience in working therapeutically with adolescents, and understands the therapeutic aspects of teaching. She trains staff in schools on how to support young people's social and emotional development within the educational setting. She qualified as an Integrative Art Psychotherapist at IATE in 2008.
Marianne is an Arts psychotherapist, supervisor and lecturer with over 20 years experience in clinical settings in both adolescent and adult mental health. She is the Head Arts Psychotherapist at East London NHS Foundation Trust, City and Hackney. Her department focuses on psychotic, mood and personality disorders and trauma. Marrianne has a private practice in central London as well as an online service for both supervision and personal therapy. She is a lecturer and tutor on the MA Integrative Arts psychotherapy course at the Institute of Arts Therapies and Education (IATE) and also teaches on the Post Graduate Certificate in the Therapeutic Arts (IATE). Marrianne combines object relations psychodynamic approach, with more integrative arts models. She has also trained in the use of a variety of approaches, including Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) and Trauma Informed approach and the use of sandplay. Marrianne is also a practicing artist.
Currently compiling accreditation as a DDP practitioner, Anthea is also trained in EMDR and Lifespan Integration and level one sensorimotor psychotherapy training. Anthea is a Group therapist at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships and a UKCP registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, Adolescent Therapeutic Counsellor and Group facilitator. Anthea has worked extensively with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples for over 12 years. Examples of work include the running of various groups in different settings e.g. psychotherapy trainings, NHS, community projects, therapeutic services, Rape Crisis Centre.
Neela is a UKCP registered Integrative Child Psychotherapist and an artist. She teaches playful approaches to develop observation and creativity. Neela works within a Neurodevelopmental Team for CAMHS and has experience of providing psychotherapy for children with severe trauma, attachment difficulties and disability. Neela’s special area of interest is early intervention for children, and this includes working sensitively and thoughtfully with parents and professionals.
Sophia is an HCPC registered Dramatherapist and a UKCP registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist. She is currently the Course Leader of the MA Dramatherapy Programme at Anglia Ruskin University. She has experience of a wide variety of client groups and has worked in many clinical settings. More recently Sophia has been working with families, facilitating play and attachment between parents and children. She has also worked in South Africa where she undertook therapeutic arts and performance projects with vulnerable communities affected by poverty and violence and was part of a therapeutic playback company.
Emma has a Master’s degree in Integrative Child Psychotherapy, which she studied at The Institute for Arts and Therapy in Education, Emma is accredited by the UKCP. This year Emma gained a qualification in EMDR therapy. As well as practicing as a child psychotherapist and supervisor in Primary schools Emma is a Director, consultant and trainer for Your Space Therapies Limited.
Emma has worked with children for over twenty years starting her career in therapy by working for Childline. Emma then went on to specialise in bereavement work by working for CRUSE bereavement care and providing support for children and adults. Emma’s background is mostly in education having worked as a specialist attachment teaching assistant during her psychotherapy training, and she has had extensive experience in working with children who have learning disabilities and emotional difficulties.
Emma is a senior lecturer and a member of the exam panel for the Child Psychotherapy Masters and Child Counselling Diploma at The Institute for Arts and Therapy in Education.
Emma was a finalist in the FPM International Medical Writing awards 2020 following her successful blog for PESI UK, ‘Supporting Schools After Lockdown.
Paul is a United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) registered Child Psychotherapist. He has worked with children and adults in a range of therapeutic and other settings for Health, Social Services and the voluntary sector for over thirty years. Currently, he works as a child psychotherapist in mainstream and special education schools with both primary and secondary aged children (3-19 years old) as well as with families via the multi-family group model. Additionally, he offers individual and group supervision and teaches infant observation. He trained as a BASE Babywatching Group Leader and Mentor and is also part of the development of the Watch and Wonder programme. Paul has published and presented his work and was a member of both the Children and Young People’s Ethics and Equality, Diversity and Intersectionality Committees of the UKCP.
MSc Clinical Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy, Registered UKCP Humanistic Psychotherapist, Diploma in Relational Supervision, Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst (EATA), ACE’s Recovery Toolkit and Trauma Informed Schools Trainer. Will draws on more than 20 years experience of counselling, psychotherapy and supervision in a variety of settings. He is guest tutor at a number of Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Institutes, including IATE, Metanoia, TA East, The Link Centre and is an examiner and exam marker registered with the United Kingdom Association of Transactional Analysts. Will has worked with and for young people for more than 40 years. He has worked with such organisations as local authorities, numerous charities, Youth at Risk UK and many more. He has appeared on Channel 4 Television coaching 250 young people from Birmingham and the Black Country for a televised documentary that tracked the young people’s journeys from the streets to a performance of Romeo and Juliet with Birmingham Royal Ballet at the Birmingham Hippodrome. Will is also a trustee on three Charity Boards including the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the Julian Campbell Foundation, a charity that works to improve mental health and well-being amongst young people.
UKCP and HCPC registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and Adolescent Therapeutic Counsellor. Worked for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service for over 10 years (trauma specialist for Surrey children in care). Specialises in trauma, attachment issues and mental health with training in EMDR, somatic trauma therapy, sensory integration, Story Stems, Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Published chapter in Helping Adolescents with Anger and Low Self-esteem, edited by Dr Margot Sunderland. Prior to training as a Psychotherapist, Lynne trained as an Occupational Therapist in South Africa working in mental health services.
UKCP registered Gestalt Psychotherapist, Coach and Supervisor with a background in Clinical and Counselling Psychology. She has over 25 years experience in Mental Health services and is a Teaching and Supervising member of GPTI. She has been a Primary Trainer at Gestalt South West and Metanoia.
UKCP Registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist. Co-Director Postgraduate Certificate/Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic and Education Application of the Arts (The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education). Originally trained with and worked for Relate. Particular specialism in the clown as a form of expression and healing. Runs sessions in hospitals, schools and with people with special needs as well as in a wider social context.
Psychotherapy Trainer in Person-Centred Counselling, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis and Systemic Family Psychotherapy. Formerly Head of the Person-Centred Counselling Course at Metanoia Institute. Many years’ experience in the development of clinicians, both as a trainer and supervisor. Over 10 years’ experience as a manager in a large organisation and considerable involvement in the implementation of change programmes within the organisational setting.
Tutor in Theatre Design at Central School of Speech and Drama. Expertise in puppet therapy. Freelance Theatre Director, Stage Director and Stage Designer.
Experienced integrative psychotherapist (over 20 years) supervisor and teacher. Eating Disorder Specialist. Author of A is for Anorexia: Anorexia Nervosa Explained and Lost for Words: The Psychoanalysis of Anorexia and Bulimia. Specialises in on-going long-term work and intensive individual and family interventions.
UKCP registered Child Psychotherapist, also trained in transactional analysis and group dynamics. Over 10 years’ experience of working with highly traumatised children and young people and their families at a therapeutic community. Specialises in group and individual therapy with young people who have experienced sexual exploitation and inter-familiar sexual abuse. Previously acting manager of a therapeutic community and Head of a therapeutic programme creating and establishing the individual and therapeutic group work programme.
Integrative Child Psychotherapist and Supervisor. Works with children, adolescents and parents in private practice. Has worked therapeutically in many settings including Family Futures, within schools, with school-excluded children, as an expert witness and won the Teens and Toddlers project. Author of ten published storybooks for children.
Sarah Hall is a psychoanalytic Art Psychotherapist (UKCP, HCPC, BAAT) and Jungian Analyst (BPC, IAAP) in Private Practice in Cornwall. She also works part time as supervisor and clinical lead in dual diagnosis at Chy rehab in Truro, and teaches on the training for the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. A professional artist and former academic lecturer at Glasgow School of Art, she has been involved in researching the collective, as well as personal impact of creativity by working in prisons, long stay hospitals and institutions. Her current research involves a Jungian interpretation of drug dreams in patients in recovery from addiction and the implications for clinical practice. Sarah is also the author of chapter 4 ‘RAFT – Recovery and Aftercare for Formative Trauma’, in the IATE book on Integrative Art Psychotherapy being published by Routledge in 2021.
Accredited ‘Circle Time’ Trainer, Cert. Neuro-Linguistic Progamming, Accredited Trainer in Protective Behaviours, Dip in Early Childhood Education, Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, UKATC Registered Child Therapeutic Counsellor. Author: How to Nurture and Enhance Your Child’s Development
Dr Coral Harper
Director Trauma informed Schools UK (Wales) Former Deputy Head Teacher for 10 years of a local authority special school in Bristol for children with SEMH needs. Former Head of Foundation at Mulberry Bush Organisation; a psychotherapeutic institution for very traumatised children. Qualified Nurture group teacher; Professional Certificates in Educational Therapy and in Understanding and Managing Children with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. Independent freelance Consultant supporting teachers and other education professionals with individuals and groups of challenging and/or vulnerable children. Specialising in understanding and supporting behaviour for better learning. Owner of a registered ‘Pets as Therapy’ dog who regularly accompanies her with work. Principal Educator in Trauma Informed Practice.
MA (distinction), UKCP/MBCAP registered. Integrative Child Psychotherapist and Supervisor. Visiting Lecturer at City University training health care professionals in the Department for Community and Health Sciences. Private practice working with children, adults, families and groups specialising in developmental trauma, addiction, creativity, sexuality and transpersonal issues. Worked with children and young people for the past 18 years in the context of Education, Social Services, Health and the Community Arts focusing on learning differences, alternate and non-standard forms of communication. Group therapist in a treatment facility for adults in recovery from addiction.
MA Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy, UKCP registered Psychotherapist. PG Dip Counselling Tutor and trainer on foundation year and weekend programme, Former Trainer for Childline. Originally trained in acting at LAMDA and teaches drama therapy.
Jacqueline Hayes works as a Lecturer in Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton London. She is a trainer, researcher, counsellor/psychotherapist, and leads the Psychology department’s ‘CREST’ Research Clinic. She has special interests in working with people hearing unwanted voices, and working with young people. Her research interests span several topics in Psychology and Psychotherapy, including humanistic/relational approaches to therapy, conversation analysis, and experiences of voices, visions and feelings of presence. She is the co-editor and author of several chapters in a recent book Essential Research Findings in Child and Adolescent Therapy having reviewed the evidence for ‘common factors’ and specific techniques’ in child and adolescent therapy research. She has also worked previously at the University of Manchester and the Anna Freud Centre/ UCL.
HCPC Registered Art Therapist and Group Psychotherapist. First degree in sculpture. Worked in Social Services in Adult Mental Health. Head of the Arts Therapies Department at Springfield Hospital for several years working within acute services and community-based resources on a supra-regional Deaf Unit Clinical Practice includes sessional art therapy in a Child and Family clinic and a long term Art Psychotherapy Group. Publications co-editing' Art Psychotherapy Groups: Between Pictures and Words’, and several academic papers on Art Therapy with deaf Clients, long-term Psychiatric Clients, Women and Group Work.
Dr Dan Hughes
Internationally acclaimed Clinical Psychologist with a clinical practice specialising in the treatment of children and their families in Pennsylvania, USA. Has decades of profoundly moving clinical practice with very traumatised children and adolescents and his text Building the Bonds of Attachment: Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children has changed the face of psychological treatment with children all over the world. Author of several other groundbreaking books in child psychotherapy and child development including Attachment-Focused Parenting and Attachment-Focused Family Therapy. Originator of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy using the ‘PACE’ method and teaches his attachment focused treatment throughout the USA, Canada, Australia and the UK.
Child Psychotherapist working with children with severe emotional, behavioural and social difficulties as well as developmental problems resulting from early life trauma and poor and disrupted attachments. Background in social work with children and their families, starting out in residential care 25 years ago, then working in child protection and managing a family centre, developing it into a therapy centre as part of a mental health service for children and young people. Particular passion for working with children and parents together, and for working with adolescents.
Experienced UKCP Gestalt Psychotherapist working in private practice in Edinburgh and Ealing, West London. Extensive experience of working with individuals and couples in psychotherapy and group therapy Offers CPD workshops for practitioners (recent series included 'Shame'; and 'Increasing Creativity in Clinical Practice') as well as an ongoing monthly Clinical Skills group.
Core tutor, Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts at The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education for 20 years. MA Fine Art; Post Graduate Diplomas in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy and Counselling. Practising artist, exhibiting regularly in the South West. Previous Chair, Bath Artists’ Studios. Co-leads sculpture summer school courses at Marlborough College summer school (9 years). Artist-in-Residence, for Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art Community Programme (with British Art Show 6). Previous work includes: Teaching on Counselling Courses (10 years) for Cambridge Institute of Education/Cambridge University, Durham University. Founding Director ‘Centre Thirty-Three’ Youth Counselling Service. Private practice. Group work with General Practitioners in training and student therapists.
Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor with over 30 years’ experience of working with adults, children, young people and their families and carers. Developed and managed an NSPCC Young People’s Centre, which provided a range of easy to access Counselling/Creative Therapies, Children’s Rights Advocacy and Participation services for vulnerable and abused young people both in care and in the community. Worked in the Safeguarding and Child Protection arena both in a local authority setting. Previous position - Clinical Supervisor for a Local Authority/CAMHS attachment project and provided training and clinical supervision for a Drugs and Alcohol Service, which worked with children and teenagers impacted by parental substance misuse. She is currently working for the NSPCC.
Dr Sue Jenner
Child Clinical Psychologist. Author of ‘The Parent-Child Game’ which focuses on the effective management of challenging behaviour in children and the healing of parent-child relationships. Author of The Parent Baby Game. Clinical Psychologist working for many years in the Child Psychiatry Department at The Maudsley Hospital, London.
Dr Hilary Kennedy
35 years’ experience as Chartered Educational Psychologist working with families, schools and professionals around children. Key trainer, researcher, writer in Video Interaction Guidance for parents. Honorary Senior Lecturer, University College London. Honorary Research Fellow, Newcastle University. Founder of VERoC (Video Enhanced Reflection on Communication) Centre at University of Dundee in 2000. Publications include Learning Through Conversation: Exploring and Extending Teacher and Children’s Involvement in Classroom Talk, Video Interaction Guidance as a Method to Promote Secure Attachment.
Dr Tami Kramer
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. Senior Clinical Research Fellow at Imperial College, London.
Visual artist whose work combines autonomous practice, short term collaborations and socially engaged projects like The Drawing Shed. Labern works in sculpture and drawing, film, print and live performing works. She is deeply interested in resilience and the shadow, which informs the ideas within her work. Labern uses digital tools within her personal and collaborative practices with GPS, in film, sound, social networking, and publishing.
Dr Garry L. Landreth (USA)
Internationally acclaimed for his writings and work in promoting the development of child-centred play therapy. Professor, University of North Texas. Founder of the Center for Play Therapy. Written more than 150 journal articles, books and videos including award-winning book Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship, which has been translated into several languages. Dr. Landreth's other recent books are Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT): A 10-Session Filial Therapy Model and the accompanying Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) Treatment Manual. His CPRT Model received the Parent Education Best Practices Award. Dr. Landreth is Director Emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy (APT) and received the APT Lifetime Achievement Award and the APT Research Award. He has received numerous professional honours.
Francesca la Nave
Psychotherapist and Group Analytic psychotherapist working in the NHS and in Special Education. Visiting lecturer on a number of Art psychotherapy courses and has a private supervisory practice. Her MA in Group and Intercultural Therapy focused her interest around the use of dreams and images in Art psychotherapy and the practice of Social Dreaming.
Body Psychotherapist who specialises in Arts and Gestalt. Private psychotherapy supervision practice and trainer for over 20 years. Lecturer and tutor on the Diploma and MA Course in Integrative Arts in Psychotherapy. Co-Director of the MA in Creativity and Imagination course at The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education for many years. Tsafi graduated from art school and studied expressive movement and Butto dance theatre in Japan. She has contributed to chapters and articles in the area of therapeutic relationship in clinical work.
Dr Michelle Lefevre
UKCP registered Psychotherapist and Senior Lecturer in social work at the University of Sussex. Author of the groundbreaking book Communicating with Children and Young People: Making a Difference and co-editor of anthology Direct Work: Social Work with Children and Young People in Care. Deputy Editor of the international journal Social Work Education. Background in child protection, arts psychotherapy expert witness forensic interviewing of child victims of abuse; assessments of risk of significant harm. Previously a member of the UKCP psychotherapy with children committee.
UKCP Reg. Integrative Child Psychotherapist and HCPC Reg. Arts Therapist and Registered with BACP& BADth, MA (Cantab), MA (Tavistock), MA (IATE), PGCE (Cantab). Clair Lewoski has been working with children and young people for nearly 20 years, having qualified as an Arts Therapist in 1997. She has worked for many years in schools, as well in the NHS in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS). She is a therapist, supervisor, lecturer, trainer and qualified teacher. lair has also worked in the NHS in Child and Adolescent Mental Health services, where she provided therapy to children and young people aged 5-16yrs and their families. She also specialised in working with children who had experienced trauma through working for an Arts Therapies trauma support team in schools Clair is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Drama Therapist and the UKCP as an Integrative Child Psychotherapist.
Dr Marian Liebmann
Experienced art therapist and author of several key texts in art therapy including Art Therapy for Groups and Art Therapy and Anger, and Art Therapy with Offenders. Worked with ex-offenders, youth offending teams, mediation services, prisons and in the Probation Service. Formerly Director of Mediation UK working on restorative justice issues. Undertaken work in several African and East European countries, including training 180 victim-offender mediators in Serbia and Montenegro. In 2005 received a special merit award of the Longford Prize for her pioneering work in art therapy, restorative justice and mediation.
MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (UKCP), Diploma in Group Analysis (IGA). Senior Lecturer and Tutor on the Diploma and PG Dip course at the Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education. Psychotherapist in private practice. Trained in Dance/Movement Therapy (Goldsmiths) and has a background in the Arts; (BA in Fashion/Textiles) Physical Theatre and Dance. Currently divides her time between teaching and practising Integrative Arts Psychotherapy, and teaching at her Argentine Tango school, Tangosouthlondon..
HCPC registered art therapist, clinical supervisor, lecturer and collaborator. Also visual artist. Has worked for many years in contexts of political conflict, social upheaval and deprivation, within the humanitarian aid, health, education and voluntary sectors in the UK and internationally, working across different models of practice to support the mental health and well-being of children, young people and families, often at grassroots level. Her own art practice explores often contested places and landscapes in order to carve out new or imagined possibilities using a range of art media – drawing and paint, photography and film, print and text, installation and site specific public art.
Dr James Low
UKCP Registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Marital & Sexual Therapist, Cognitive and Analytic Psychotherapist, Integrative Arts Psychotherapist. Author:Being Right Here: A Dzogchen Treasure Text of Nuden Dorje Entitled The Mirror of Clear Meaning, Being Guru Rinpoche: A Commentary on Nuden Dorje's Terma Vidyadhara Guru Sadhana and Simply Being: Texts in the Dzogchen Tradition.
Dr Jeanne Magagna
Previously a Head Start Teacher, Jeanne then Headed Psychotherapy Services at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and was a Consultant Psychotherapist in Ellern Mede Centre for Eating Disorders in London. She trained at the Tavistock Clinic in London to become a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (PhD level), Family Psychotherapist and Adult Psychotherapist. Previous vice-president and joint coordinator of training, she currently teaches for the Centro Studi Martha Harris Tavistock model trainings in Florence and Venice, Italy. She works as a private child, adult and family therapist and consults, publishes and gives talks and in London and internationally. She also currently teaches on the Tavistock Programme on Suicide and Self-Harm. Her multi-lingual publications include her editing of Universals of Psychoanalysis, and jointly editing Psychotherapy with Families; Crises in Adolescence; Intimate Transformations: Babies with their Families; The Silent Child: Communication without Words (Karnacs, 2012); Observacion du Bebes (Observation of Babies) (Mexico City, Mexico: PAIDOS, 2012); Creativity and Psychotic States (Routledge:2015) and Bebegi Anlamak (Infant Observation) (Istanbul: Baglam Press: 2016).
Chartered Clinical Psychologist (qualified in 1993), Integrative Psychotherapist (qualified in 1998), Supervision Diploma undertaken in 1999. Trained in EMDR (2005). Working career in the NHS includes experience in Community Mental Health services for adults, Forensic, Child and Adolescent services and latterly Eating Disorders. She maintains a private practice as a therapist, supervisor and trainer. Specialist interests: Assessment and treatment of Trauma including many years’ experience in medico-legal work. She trains foster carers and adoptive parents particularly in child development, managing behaviour, attachment and loss issues.
Sarah initially trained in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, and Cognitive Analytic Therapy and worked with adult client's both in the NHS and in private practice, Seeing that so many of the adults she worked with were carrying the legacy of childhood trauma, Sarah went on to train at IATE and is a UKCP registered Integrative Child Psychotherapist. Sarah has a special interest in working with children and young people who have suffered developmental trauma and works at Beacon House Therapeutic Service and Trauma Team where she offers a variety of interventions to adopted children and their families including Creative Art Based Psychotherapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Therapeutic Parenting, Theraplay and EMDR. Alongside clinical work Sarah is passionate about the need for trauma informed education and trained to become a trainer and home group tutor with Trauma Informed Schools UK.
Jo has been involved with play and creativity in different ways for many years. Following a long career in play work, specialist play work and play outreach she trained in Integrative Child Psychotherapy at IATE. Following graduation she worked in gender violence therapeutic services, providing therapy for children & young people impacted by domestic violence and later as a counsellor for Rape Crisis. Jo studied for a Diploma in Supervision at the Minster Centre and has supervised students on the Dip CLINICAL. Jo now works as a school counsellor for a counselling service in North East London and also works as a professional storyteller, delivering performances and workshops. In recent years Jo has become interested in community groups and how different communities live and interact. She is involved in several arts based community groups and co-runs a monthly storytelling club.
Early Years Co-ordinator for many years. Having trained as an Integrative Child Psychotherapist and specialist training in Infant Observation, she now has extensive experience of working with deeply traumatised children, both in schools for children with special needs and private practice. Facilitates Parenting Support Groups, is a Clinical Supervisor and runs training for nurseries and other early years settings in child development, attachment and neuroscience.
Dr Graham Music
Consultant Child Psychotherapist in the Tavistock Clinic’s Child and Family Department and works as an adult Psychotherapist in private practice. Worked in the Tavistock Fostering, Adoption and Kinship Care Team for over ten years. Managed a range of services concerned with the aftermath of child maltreatment and neglect and has for many years organised community-based therapy services, particularly in schools. Organises trainings for therapists in CAMHS, leads on child development and teaches and supervises on the Tavistock Child Psychotherapy Training as well as a range of psychotherapy and other training courses in England and abroad. He has a particular interest in the interface between clinical work and developmental understandings. His publications include Nurturing Natures: Children’s Attachment and Emotional, Sociocultural and Brain Development (2010) and Affect and Emotion (2001).
Dr Phil Mollon
Psychoanalyst, psychotherapist and clinical psychologist. Specialisms: Dissociative Identity disorder, psychoanalytic study of disturbances in the sense of self, including Shame, EMDR, mindfulness and narcissism. He has written numerous books on various aspects of psychotherapy, including trauma, shame, dissociation - and more recently on energy psychology approaches. Author of the acclaimed books, Multiple Selves, Multiple Voices: Working with trauma, violation and dissociation, and The Fragile Self: Structure of Narcissistic Disturbance and its Therapy
UKCP registered Psychotherapist working with children who may need psychological support to help their development. Clinical Supervisor. Currently working privately and in schools throughout London, supporting children and adolescents who are struggling to cope with school, family, friendship etc. and has several years of experience working with children with Autism, ADHD, attachment, eating and communication disorders, behaviour difficulties, anxiety and obsession, trauma and abuse.
UKCP Registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist. Specialist in the field of learning disability. Senior Lecturer in Counselling at Chichester University. Co-Director Postgraduate Certificate/Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts, The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education. Training Consultant within the voluntary sector with organisations/communities supporting people with disability.
UKCP registered senior Psychotherapist with decades of clinical experience working with children, teenagers and adults. She is also a clinical supervisor. Highly experienced group work trainer and a trainer in psychotherapy and counselling. Trained in Jungian sandplay with Joel Ryce Menuhin.
For many years, John O’Toole has worked extensively with children and adults in the contexts of both therapy and education. He is a UKCP Registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and Supervisor. (MA IAP, Dip Child, Dip Group.) John is an early childhood teacher/team leader and runs therapeutic art groups for children. His previous experience includes training for CCMH, work on the IATE Diploma in Child Counselling, the Psychotherapeutic Counselling for Adolescents programme, as well as the Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts. John is the co-chair of the European Collaborative for International Schools Early Childhood Committee.
Originally trained as a dancer at the Royal Ballet School but later went on to study Religion and Philosophy and holds an MA in Dance. He has worked in senior lecturing posts in a number of Higher Education Colleges as well as undertaking research in dance for the BBC. He contributes many articles as Dance Critic to leading journals and is involved in the design of degree courses in dance. He is Chairman of the Academic Board at The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education.
Psychotherapist (Specialism: PTSD) and Children's Rights Advisor. Created the CATT protocol (combining human rights with both a cognitive and arts based post traumatic stress treatment). Founded the Luna Children's Charity to support international organisations that offer assistance to children and young people affected by war, conflict or natural disaster. supervising operations in Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, Pakistan and Turkey. Visiting Lecturer, University College London and London Metropolitan University (Lecturer in CBT for children and teenagers, and PTSD in children in teenagers). Previously Evidence-Based Practice Unit Participation Consultant for The Anna Freud Centre and Co-Director of Trauma Psychology UK. Developed a psychosocial project for permanently excluded children and young people with 'Building Bridges'. Supported by the Integrated Gangs Unit UK, to carry out research on serious group violence. Member of International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, the European Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (where she is on the Children's Trauma Task Force) and the UK Psychological Trauma Society. Honorary Research Associate with Rhodes University.
Dr Luiza Rangel
Luiza trained in Medicine in 1986 and concluded her training in psychiatry and psychotherapy in 1990 in Brazil. She re-trained in Psychiatry in London between 1993 and 1999. She became a Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2004. She has since worked as a Consultant for one year in a specialist service for children with Autistic Spectrum disorders and learning difficulties and then for another year in general CAMHS. She then moved on to work as a Consultant Child Psychiatrist at the Marlborough Family Service where she has been for 9 years. She retired from the NHS in late 2013. During her last post she gained a lot of experience in handling highly complex cases and in working alongside professionals from other disciplines where she would manage the psychiatric aspects of the child and family. Luiza's special interests are in developmental trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder in children, adults and families.
Programme Director of the Integrative Child Psychotherapy training at The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education and a UKCP registered Integrative Child Psychotherapist. With a background working in the arts, Roz has worked extensively with children and teenagers in multi-cultural inner-city community projects, schools and multidisciplinary teams for over 30 years. For the past 13 years, Roz has worked with adopted, LAC and permanently placed children and their families. She currently works within PAC-UK (formerly the Post Adoption Centre) and prior to this worked at Family Futures. Roz is also Visiting Lecturer and Co-Convenor of the Neuroscience and Attachment Workshop at the Tavistock Centre, and a freelance trainer and clinical supervisor. She has a special interest in integrating treatment approaches for developmental trauma, attachment and working with the body and is an accredited Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapist and Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner.
Schools Placement Co-ordinator on the Integrative Child Psychotherapy training at The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education. UKCP registered Integrative Child Psychotherapist She manages a creative arts therapy service in a North London School and works with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioural difficulties in schools across North and East London as well as in private practice. Tina has a special interest in Special Educational Needs and the emotional factors that inhibit learning. In addition, Tina is a documentary film producer who has made films for television.
Senior Social Worker. Currently works for the Local Authority as an Independent Reviewing Officer chairing Child Protection Conferences, Looked After Children's Reviews and Adoption Reviews. Liz also worked for a number of years as part of the therapy team at Family Futures (Adoption Support Agency) undertaking assessments and providing therapeutic packages of support for adopted and fostered children and their families. Prior to this Liz worked in CAMHs developing a service for adopted children and parents experiencing difficulties, conducted risk assessments and worked therapeutically with a range of children and young people experiencing complex and often severe mental health difficulties.
Christina is a registered UKCP Integrative Child Psychotherapist with many years of experience working with deeply troubled and traumatised children and their families in local authority and private schools. Initially from an arts background Christina now works passionately supporting and encouraging the therapeutic expression of the arts through metaphor and creative play. Christina has been involved in a national bereavement organisation for over 20 years; as a trainer, supervisor for the children and young people's section and group facilitator. She has been involved in prison work and giving talks and workshops about the therapeutic value of artistic expression for health and wellbeing. Christina also runs a private practice from her home in the New Forest.
Dr Adah Sachs
Member of the Centre for Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Worked for many years as a Psychotherapist in psychiatric hospitals, with adults and adolescents. Extensive experience of working with deeply troubled adolescents (specialist expertise: self-harm/eating disorders). Consultant Psychotherapist at the Clinic for Dissociative Studies, and training supervisor and visiting lecturer at the John Bowlby Centre and The Centre for Child Mental Health. Lectures widely on trauma and dissociation, and maintains a small private practice. Co-edited book Forensic Aspects of Dissociative Identity Disorder (Karnac, 2008) a key text in the field. Trained also at the Institute of Psychoanalysis.
UKCP registered Integrative Child Psychotherapist, an HCPC registered Social Worker and a sexual violence accredited therapist. Working with children, young people and their families and carers in therapeutic and safeguarding capacities since 1998. Worked in different settings including NHS, schools, children’s homes, children services and charities. Extensive experience in the areas of child and adolescent mental health at a senior level, child abuse and neglect, adoption and fostering and has worked with children with very complex behavioural difficulties, and also with their families. Inbar has a special interest in trauma work and is trained in a variety of methods for both assessing and recovering from trauma.
Dr Joy Schaverien
Jungian analyst, psychotherapist supervisor and eminent art therapist. Author of the seminal art psychotherapy text The Revealing Image. Writes and lectures extensively on a varied group of topics including psychoanalysis, the erotic transference and gender in psychotherapy, art and psychoanalysis and the psychological effects of boarding school. Originally trained as a painter at the Slade School of Art. Dr Shaverien is also Visiting Professor for the Northern Programme for Art Psychotherapy.
Dr Paul Sepping
Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for over 20 years. Group Analyst. PhD in Psychoanalytic Studies. Past Internal Advisor on Child and Family Mental Health for the Department of Health (1990-91). Author of several chapters in books and journal articles including Integrating Object Relations Narratives in Analytic Work with Children and Adolescents (2002), and ‘Narrative and Interpretation’ in Heart and Soul: The Therapeutic Face of Philosophy (1999, Mace, C.(Ed).
Camilla is the Programme Director for the Diploma in Child Counselling. She is a UKCP registered Integrative Child & Adult Psychotherapist and Supervisor. She has over 20 years experience of working in schools as a therapist. She also works privately offering therapy to children, adolescents and adults and provides parenting and family consultations. She is trained in EMDR and Focusing – both approaches that are based on the premise that given the right support, the body can naturally heal itself.
Dr Valerie Sinason
Psychoanalyst and Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapist. Founder and Former Director for the clinic for Dissociative studies and Board of Directors for the ISSTD. Hon Consultant Psychotherapist for the University of Cape Town Child Guidance Clinic. Formerly Consultant Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic and Consultant Research Psychoanalyst at St Georges Hospital Medical School. Seminal books, Mental Handicap and the Human Condition and Attachment, Trauma and Dissociation. Co-author, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy After Child Abuse: The Treatment of Adults and Children Who Have Experienced Sexual Abuse, Violence and Neglect in Childhood and many journal articles.
Registered Dramatherapy and Gestalt Psychotherapist. Accredited supervisor (BADth). Former Vice Chair British Drama Therapy Association. Worked with Social Services with families in crisis. Co-Author of Counselling Skills for Creative Arts Therapists.
Karen Stallard is a registered Psychotherapist with UKCP, registered Counsellor with BACP and registered Art Therapist with HCPC. She trained at The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education where she gained a Masters in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy. Her private practice is called Feeling Found, which is based in Highbury and Islington where she works mainly with adults.
Karen is also on the steering group for a bi-annual conference called ‘Continuing the Journey’, which provides CPD to therapists and spiritual leaders. More recently she has been teaching Art therapy to degree level students at Goldsmiths University and is a trainer and supervisor for Trauma Informed Schools UK as well as being the course director for the Child Certificate in Counselling Skills at The institute for Arts in Therapy and Education. Karen is also the inventor and designer of 20 Dreams, a card game which helps develop creativity and emotional literacy as well as being great fun to play!
Dr Margot Sunderland
Dr Margot Sunderland is Director of Education and Training at The Centre for Child Mental Health London, Honorary Visiting Fellow at London Metropolitan University and Child Psychotherapist with over thirty years experience of working with children and families. Margot trained initially in Child psychotherapy with John Hood Williams (former Principal - Institute of Child Psychology - Lowenfeld training). For many years, she worked as a child psychotherapist in children’s homes and adolescent units alongside her private practice. She is the author of over twenty books in the field of child mental health, which collectively have been translated into eighteen languages and published in twenty-four countries. Her internationally acclaimed book, “The Science of Parenting” (Dorling Kindersley), won First Prize in the British Medical Association Medical Book awards 2007 Popular Medicine section. Dr Sunderland has two doctorates, one in child psychotherapy, thesis entitled “The Application of Art and Science to the Psychological Treatment of Children.” She is founder of the “Helping Where it Hurts” programme which offers free arts therapy to troubled children in Islington Primary schools. She has been featured on TV and radio on several occasions as a child and parenting expert.
Claire-Louise Vaculik (née Leyland)
Claire-Louise is the current Chair of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). She is an HCPC-registered art therapist (Goldsmiths) and UKCP-registered Gestalt psychotherapist (Metanoia Institute). Since 2009, she has been Programme Director of the MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE), training integrative arts psychotherapists. Claire Louise was until recently an External Examiner of the MA in Art Therapy programme – at both the University of Chester and at the University of Derby – and a Lead Assessor on the Assessment Board of the UKCPs Humanistic and Integrative College. From 2008-2014, Claire Louise was an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape, working with authors and reviewers to develop submissions for the art therapy journal. She has extensive experience of developing strategy, governance, and financial management – she served as a trustee of the charity Freedom from Torture from 2015 to 2017, as a Governor of the Tavistock and Portman Foundation NHS Trust from 2012 to 2018, and in local government from 2010 to 2018. She has also worked directly with ethics, codes of practice, and disciplinary processes, serving as the Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA) from 2014-2016. In her clinical practice she has worked extensively with both children and adults in hospices, bereavement services, and in education, using a trauma-informed approach. She also works with clients and supervisees in private practice.
Jay is a state registered Dramatherapist, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapist, Certified Theraplay® therapist and supervisor as well as a Theraplay® trainer. Along with this Jay is a Somatic Experience Practitioner. Jay is Clinical Director at Family Futures CIC, a Voluntary Adoption Agency, and is also the Agency’s Responsible Person. Family Futures specialises in the assessment and treatment of traumatised children and offers a therapy programme entitled Neuro Physiological Psychotherapy, a treatment approach which integrates the Arts, Somatic Experience, Theraplay® and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.
Jungian Analyst, Analytic Psychotherapist, UKCP reg. Integrative Arts Psychotherapist. Working with adults, adolescents and children for 18 years in schools, CAMHS (looked after young people) and private practice. Director of the Psychotherapeutic Counselling for Adolescents programme at The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education. Supervisor and Trainer.
Is an Educational Psychotherapist, Senior Consultant and Trainer in Trauma Informed Practice and Emotional Health, Mental Health Practitioner for CAMHS, Consultant for the Primary Strategy Team in Dorset, coordinating Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) and later as the Emotional well being Adviser for the Borough of Poole. She has also been an advisory teacher in Tanzania, East Africa and for East London Behaviour and Advisory Team. She has led a number of LA and multi-agency initiatives and has written PSHE materials for schools.
Consultant trainer for the Institute of Education, London. Manager for Chesil Emotional Health and Behaviour Service, a team of professionals working to support children, families and schools, and created nurture bases for children at risk of exclusion, supporting families and schools to enable the children to return to mainstream provision.
Co-founded and directed Young Minds for 14 years. Vice President of Young Minds for fifteen years. Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. Trained with Anna Freud and worked in numerous mental health services for children and adolescents.
An artist whose work explores how diverse people and communities engage with each other and their environment – how they connect, communicate and are perceived both through digital and non-digital means. Worked with Proboscis from 2004 to 2010 on projects such as Social Tapestries, Snout, Everyday Archaeology, Experiencing Democracy, Render, Lattice: Sydney, Perception Peterborough, Being in Common, Sutton Grapevine & With Our Ears to the Ground. Also curates a professional development programme for British Asian theatre company, Tamasha, in London.
Neil is an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist (UKCP registered) working with young people and adults in private practice. He is an author, facilitator and organisational consultant offering specialist teaching/training on gender, sexual identities and intersectionality. Previously Neil was a researcher, youth work/project manager and queer community advocate – founding Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre in northwest London
UKCP Registered Integrative Psychotherapist, HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist and BPS Registered Chartered Psychologist. Jacob's integrative approach incorporates relational, psychodynamic, attachment and transpersonal psychotherapies. He has been in practice since 1981 working with children, adolescents and adults in a wide variety of settings. He has been a Primary Supervisor on the MA in Integrative Child Psychotherapy Course at The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education since 2001. He also developed and co-lead the Certificate in Supervision Course at The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education from 2006 - 2007.
Curator for the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg who specialised in art therapy for children with limited abilities.