Amy has 15 years’ experience as a registered paediatric nurse. She has experience of working with young people with complex emotional and mental health needs across various setting, including community, outpatient, and inpatient settings.
In the past, Amy has been responsible for leading a nursing team that cares for young people aged up to 18 years with eating disorders and other associated difficulties in both in inpatient and intensive, community-based settings.
Amy has completed the MBT-A training programme at the Anna Freud Centre and an MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy at Birkbeck. She is experienced in providing individual therapeutic sessions, and therapeutic groups. Amy uses a number of different approaches to aid recovery for young people and their families’, such as psychodynamic theory, CBT and DBT principles, motivational interviewing, play therapy, with a solution-focused slant.
The treatment Amy implements centres on the young person as part of a family unit. As such, she works with young people and their carers from a systemic perspective that encourages their strengths and supports their relationships.
Amy has excellent counselling and therapeutic skills in working with children, young people and their parents. Within her therapeutic practice, she sees building a therapeutic relationship with a young person and their family as the essential element to allow therapeutic change to take place. Amy establishes this alliance through careful listening, genuine interest and positive regard for my client’s well-being.
She takes a collaborative approach, stressing the importance of being able to discuss openly difficult and at times conflicting feelings. Amy remains curious at all times, not being afraid to name painful and hateful feelings or ask questions that pose a challenge. She has developed a therapeutic style that is a thoughtful and careful balance of sensitivity, firmness, consistency, validation and play.