Who we are
Founder / Director
I am the founder and director of BOUNCE! I established the charity and brought this group of people together as many children and families that are in need are unable to access the mental health services they require.
I believe BOUNCE! can help to fill this gap and create a brighter future for the children and families we work with. I am an experienced and qualiﬁed psychotherapist working with children, adolescents and adults. I have been working within schools for several years. I have a master’s level qualiﬁcation in Integrative Child Psychotherapy and I am fully accredited and registered by the UKCP as a specialist child and adolescent psychotherapist. I am also a registered and accredited member of the BACP. Additionally, I have completed a four-year adult psychotherapy qualiﬁcation in Transactional Analysis. I have a particular interest in working with trauma and I am fully trained in treating adults and children using EMDR. I have a busy private practice in Mid Devon.
I have been working with children for the past 26 years, 16 of those were as a teacher. The last six years of teaching was as an Ethnic Minority Achievement Coordinator in an inner-city London primary school.
I gave up teaching to support my 2 adopted children, when they began to struggle with transition from primary to secondary schools. One of my children has complex developmental and attachment difficulties and I have accessed 10 years of training to support their needs. As a result, supporting other children with attachment difficulties is something I am passionate and knowledgeable about, both from a theoretical and practical perspective. In 2017, I qualified as a child counsellor at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education. Since then I have been working with families and schools in South Devon supporting children with complex emotional and behavioural needs. My approach to child counselling is play and arts based.
Psychotherapist / Trustee
I am an Integrative Child Psychotherapist in training with over 10 years’ experience of working with children and young people in a variety of environments.
I began my therapeutic training after teaching and assisting in EBD and mainstream education and having spent 7 years as a horse-riding instructor and NVQ facilitator. I have a keen interest in effecting positive change in those with developmental trauma and use the arts, nature, and animals as a way of engaging and working with troubled young people. I have developed and run therapeutic groups and offer equine assisted therapy. I also work with a specialist provider to support teens who have sexually harmed, and in private practice. I hold a certificate in parent-child relationship skills; an advanced diploma in the therapeutic and educational application of the arts; and I am working towards UKCP registration.
Counsellor and supervisor
Following a career in education I retrained as an Integrative Counsellor.
Whilst continuing to work in schools as the Inclusion Manager and Designated Safeguarding Lead, I used my skills to support parents and children in both the primary and secondary sector. My work with families initiated my training as a Systemic Family Therapist and my support of staff encouraged me to train as a Clinical Supervisor. My supervision work has included pastoral staff working with the children through therapeutic interventions such as Drawing and Talking, and with other staff to support both child protection cases and SEND. I continue to support all school staff including Senior Leaders and Head Teachers, providing a reflective space which enables them to explore their roles, support their decisions and maintain a good sense of well-being. I have experience of training and leading Safeguarding within a school and am looking to become an accredited trainer. Moving from London to North Devon has given me the space to develop all aspects of my work and supports my own work-life balance.
I trained at Hertfordshire University (formerly Hertfordshire College of Art and Design) and qualified as an Art Psychotherapist in 1990.
Since then I have worked in a variety of statutory and community settings including the NHS; MIND; Women’s Aid; Devon County Council; local schools; pupil referral units; the Child and Adolescent Mental Health service (CAMHS) as well as co-founding and directing a Social Enterprise offering individual and group support to families affected by domestic abuse. I specialise in providing trauma focussed interventions with children and young people affected by sexual abuse.
I am trained in Children’s accelerated trauma Therapy (CATT) which is a cognitive therapeutic protocol that uses play and arts based techniques to help children process and re-script traumatic memories in ways that are comfortable for them and age appropriate. CATT is designed for use with children and young people who have PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
As an art psychotherapist I have worked alongside adults, children and young people both individually and in groups and as a Supervisor with counselling service teams; Family Intervention teams; therapists in training; and individual art psychotherapists and counsellors. My private practice runs from my home in the South Hams, Devon.
As an artist I am interested in the combining of mixed media, words and found objects to create conversations about family, memory and our place in the world. I am particularly fascinated with the sensory qualities of clay and its ability to connect us with the past and ground us in the present.
I have over ten years’ experience working with and supporting children, young people and families. During this time I have worked in several local authorities, the NHS and voluntary organisations; working in youth justice, early intervention, social care and mental health.
I spent several years working as a family worker and child and family practitioner in London. I completed a four year child and adolescent psychodynamic psychotherapy training with the Tavistock and Portman centre in London and have a Masters qualification in psychology in education. Over the past year I have also trained as a children’s wellbeing practitioner at Exeter University. The role applies a cbt-based approach to early intervention with children, young people and parents experiencing anxiety, depression and behavioural difficulties. I also work as part of the University of Exeter’s wellbeing service providing mental health support to students. My registration is with the BACP.
After university, I taught in a number of prep schools (7-13 year olds) as a class teacher. Observing just how much some of the children were dealing with in terms of life challenges inspired me to venture on the journey towards becoming a child & adolescent psychotherapist.
I’ve worked as a counsellor/psychotherapist for over 20 years, the last 11 of which were as lead counsellor in a large Somerset boarding school, working with 7 – 18 year olds. Prior to this I worked as a counsellor in a number of senior schools in Surrey and in a Dorset primary school. For a number of years I maintained a small private practice in which I was able to see younger children (4-7) and adults. I took a break from private work for a while due to the increased need within school but, in July 2019, took the decision to leave school in order to re-establish my private practice weaving together my integrative training and equine-guided psychotherapy.
My approach is relational at heart. I incorporate imaginative play and creative approaches into sessions as experience shows me that these offer children the widest scope to explore what troubles them and find new ways of coping. I am deeply committed to working with, and supporting, the whole family, as appropriate, as I recognise that children live within a system and are dependent on this system for their wellbeing.
I am a qualified accountant with a huge interest in mental wellbeing. As such, I’ve become qualified as a coach and an NLP practitioner in recent years.
I currently work for a local authority as a Senior Accountant and most of my spare time is spent with my wife and two children.
I am a Town and District Councillor and a retired teacher having had experience in Secondary, Junior and Deaf education.
Subsequently I was contracted to help a particularly disadvantaged child with mental health issues re-join mainstream education. I moved on to supporting parents of children with Special Educational Needs helping them to work closely with their school and to act as advocates in Tribunals.
I was a Trustee and worker for a Charity for more than 20 years supporting poor families in an area of Kazakhstan We were able to provide training to teachers and school psychologists in teaching methods, drug education and communication skills. We also piloted a parenting course to parents in Kazakhstan where it was taken up and used.
I am very pleased to be able to support Bounce as a Trustee. I believe the work they are doing is mainstream and should be happening alongside or in all schools.
Currently in my third year of training as an integrative counselling therapist and working as a counselling in a voluntary placement setting.
I have run websites for a long time, often for creative writers and I have a special interest in creative writing myself. I enjoy providing counselling in a community setting, particularly where provision has been scarce before. I want to see high quality therapy made widely available to those in need, regardless of personal means. I favour humanistic and psychodynamic approaches, narrative and creative therapy.
Outcome based measures
Emotional well-being, mental health and educational attainment (including attendance) is tracked using outcome-based measures.
Data shows that children who access counselling are happier, less anxious and feel more confident. They concentrate better in class which enhances their ability to learn, improving their attendance and educational attainment.
Tailored support – individual needs
We work with the team around the child to best support and understand each child’s individual needs. Our expert therapists will suggest strategies to try and think with school staff, parents/carers and other professionals working with the child to support the child in building strong attachments, enhance their ability to learn, communicate and feel happier.
Choose from our range of services
BOUNCE! offers a number of services that can be tailored to meet the needs of the child, family and school. This mix and match approach means more support for more children and families and supports better outcomes.
Specialist 1 to 1 counselling and psychotherapy at a vital stage of development. Support to cope with emotional and behavioural difficulties has a positive impact on the whole class, and helps teachers focus on teaching. We can also offer group work