Sally is a Trainee Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in the final stages of her Masters qualification and registered with the UKCP.
Sally offers a warm, empathic, attuned, non-judgemental and relational approach to therapy. She believes that the quality of the relationship between the young person and therapist is fundamental. This creates the safety, trust, holding and containment that allows a young person to explore their internal world whilst tolerating and regulating any strong feelings and emotions that arise. From this exploration, in the safety of the therapeutic relationship, patterns of feeling, thinking and behaving can be transformed and change can begin.
As an integrative practitioner Sally is equipped to draw on many different theories and approaches according to the needs of her clients. Starting from a relational and client-led process, she aims to hear and understand a young person’s story, working with their natural ability to express themselves; nonverbally, through play and through words. She will also often facilitate the use of creative techniques such as art, sand tray and working through metaphor to express and explore a client’s internal world more deeply.
Sally works in a culturally informed way, and recognises the importance of culture, race, faith, sexuality and gender in client’s lives and experiences. Sally also recognises that all people exist in systems and societies. She believes that, with a young person’s knowledge and consent and when appropriate, communicating collaboratively with other key figures in a young person’s life, such as parents, school and other professionals can be of value in maximising the benefit of therapy.
A naturally creative person with many creative hobbies and interests, Sally’s working background is in medicine; she worked as a Paediatrician for 20 years prior to retraining in Psychotherapy. Working as a Community Paediatrician she gained extensive experience in working with young people with neurodiversity, developmental and learning differences, difficulties at school, behavioural and emotional challenges and with sleep difficulties as well as young people under the Local Authority Care system. Coming into contact with young people and their families who are living with extensive day to day challenges Sally felt an increasing desire to work alongside them in a therapeutic capacity, and this drove her decision to study Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. She believes that, where necessary, a therapeutic approach can work alongside and enhance a medical understanding of a young person’s needs and difficulties.
Sally has worked as a Trainee Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in Primary and Secondary Schools in London and the Home Counties as well as in a Low Cost Therapy Service in North London. She has worked with clients from the ages of 4 to adulthood, and alongside the parents of young people providing reflective parenting support.
Sally has a BSc (hons) in Basic Medical Sciences and Neuroscience and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery- United Medical and Dental Schools of Guys and St Thomas’s Hospitals, awarded in 2000. She passed the exams for Membership of Royal College of Paediatrics in 2003. Sally is currently completing a Masters in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and is registered as a Trainee with United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists (UKCP).