Deirdre is an ACP registered child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a qualified art psychotherapist.
She has worked as a psychotherapist in child mental health for 25 years, her experience spanning a breadth of agencies and settings, including CAMHS, schools, and the voluntary and community sector.
For Deirdre, psychotherapy is an opportunity for the therapist and client to reflect, explore and unravel the often complicated feelings that arise in children and their parents. She recognises the importance of maintaining a compassionate and authentic approach to support the child, the parents and their relationship.
Her doctoral research focused on the developing relationship between the parents and their unborn child. She is currently working in an NHS Perinatal Mental Health Service in London as a Parent Infant Psychotherapist. In addition, she teaches on the IPCAPA child psychotherapy training and the MSc in the Psychodynamics of Human Development with the British Psychotherapy Foundation and Birkbeck, University of London.
Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: IPCAPA & The Anna Freud Centre (revisions currently being completed)
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychoanalytic Studies (Distinction): The Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust
Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision: University of Leicester
Post Graduate Diploma in Art Psychotherapy: University of Sheffield
BA Hons in Creative Arts: Nottingham Trent University