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Barry Morris

Trustee. Barry has significant business and particularly financial experience. In the past he has provided financial and general management consultancy to a range of smaller businesses and charities and is currently a director of a firm of specialist management consultants providing services mainly to public sector organisations. He has over 24 years’ experience as a trustee, firstly on the board of PAC-UK when it was founded as Post-Adoption Centre in 1986 – 1998, then at Adoption UK, After Adoption and Intercountry Adoption Centre.…Read More

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Barry has significant business and particularly financial experience. In the past he has provided financial and general management consultancy to a range of smaller businesses and charities and is currently a director of a firm of specialist management consultants providing services mainly to public sector organisations. He has over 24 years’ experience as a trustee, firstly on the board of PAC-UK when it was founded as Post-Adoption Centre in 1986 – 1998, then at Adoption UK, After Adoption and Intercountry Adoption Centre. Barry is a parent of four children, two of whom came to his family through adoption.

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Anna Boyle

Trustee. Anna has 25 years experience as a social work practitioner working with children and families, initially in the United States then as a qualified social worker in a local authority in London.  For the past 14 years she has been a Children’s Guardian and Independent Social Worker.  She has been an independent member of a local authority adoption panel for the last 10 years and has adoption in her immediate family.…Read More

Trustee.

Anna has 25 years experience as a social work practitioner working with children and families, initially in the United States then as a qualified social worker in a local authority in London.  For the past 14 years she has been a Children’s Guardian and Independent Social Worker.  She has been an independent member of a local authority adoption panel for the last 10 years and has adoption in her immediate family.

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Jim Clifford OBE

Chair of the Board of Trustees. Jim has undertaken senior roles in financial management for more than 30 years, in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Jim’s innovative work in social investment was recognised in 2013 with an OBE, for the design and development of the first charity-led social impact bond, ‘It’s All About Me’, a social enterprise which finds and trains therapeutic adoptive parents for harder-to-place children.…Read More

Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Jim has undertaken senior roles in financial management for more than 30 years, in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Jim’s innovative work in social investment was recognised in 2013 with an OBE, for the design and development of the first charity-led social impact bond, ‘It’s All About Me’, a social enterprise which finds and trains therapeutic adoptive parents for harder-to-place children. Jim and his wife are well-known speakers and trainers in adoptive parenting.

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Paula Newson-Smith

Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. Paula is Vice Chair of PAC-UK, having previously chaired the Board of Trustees from 2014; she also chaired AAY (After Adoption Yorkshire) from 2012 and steered through the successful merger with PAC. Paula has extensive experience of developing and managing public services, having worked for over 35 years across various local authorities where she worked with a range of partners to deliver effective and innovative community services.…Read More

Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Paula is Vice Chair of PAC-UK, having previously chaired the Board of Trustees from 2014; she also chaired AAY (After Adoption Yorkshire) from 2012 and steered through the successful merger with PAC.

Paula has extensive experience of developing and managing public services, having worked for over 35 years across various local authorities where she worked with a range of partners to deliver effective and innovative community services. Paula has also worked with school governing bodies and is a trained mentor and community mediator. Paula hopes to contribute to the development of improved and targeted services to support all those affected by adoption and permanence arrangements in an effective and timely manner.

Paula lives in Nidderdale where she chairs a charity providing local services. She is married and is an adoptive parent, step parent and grandparent.

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Ian Spafford

Trustee. Ian retired in March 2011 after 35 years as a local authority solicitor/senior legal manager in 3 large metropolitan district authorities all with Social Services functions. Although he had a wide range of responsibilities, for the majority of that time he was involved with children’s cases at all levels of court up to and including the former House of Lords.…Read More

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Ian retired in March 2011 after 35 years as a local authority solicitor/senior legal manager in 3 large metropolitan district authorities all with Social Services functions. Although he had a wide range of responsibilities, for the majority of that time he was involved with children’s cases at all levels of court up to and including the former House of Lords. He was legal advisor to Social Service committees and Adoption Panels. For some time he was the branch secretary of the BAAF Northern Legal Group and served two three year terms as a member of the BAAF national Legal Group.

Since his retirement, Ian has been commissioned to undertake independent investigations for several local authorities either as an associate of SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives) or directly and spends significant time in undertaking the role of lay chair of the General Medical Council/ Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service Fitness to Practice Panel hearings. Along with his wife (herself a former head of a fostering and adoption unit), Ian has been an adoptive parent of two children placed together with them since 1995. He was a trustee of After Adoption Yorkshire (AAY) for several years prior to taking up that role with PAC-UK when it was established in October 2014.

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Professor Gordon Harold

Trustee. Professor Gordon Harold holds the Andrew and Virginia Rudd Chair and is Professor of Child and Adolescent Mental Health in the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex. He is also the inaugural Director of the Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice at the University. He received his PhD from Cardiff University in 1998, was appointed Lecturer in Psychology the same year and Professor of Psychology in 2008.…Read More

Trustee. Professor Gordon Harold holds the Andrew and Virginia Rudd Chair and is Professor of Child and Adolescent Mental Health in the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex. He is also the inaugural Director of the Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice at the University. He received his PhD from Cardiff University in 1998, was appointed Lecturer in Psychology the same year and Professor of Psychology in 2008. He has held appointments as the Alexander McMillan Chair and Professor of Psychology at the University of Otago, New Zealand, and Professor of Quantitative Behaviour Genetics at the University of Leicester. He is an Associate Member of the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London, and at the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics at Cardiff University. His primary research interests focus on examining the impact of early rearing adversities (e.g. inter-parental conflict, negative parenting, parent mental health) on child and adolescent mental health outcomes (e.g. depression, anxiety, conduct problems), the interplay between genetic factors, pre-natal, post-natal rearing experiences and children’s mental health, utilising advanced statistical methods to examine longitudinal data/cohort longitudinal resources, informing and implementing research-led practice and policy recommendations focusing on early rearing influences on child and adolescent mental health outcomes. He is a member of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Capability Committee, is a Special Advisor and member of the Evidence Panel of the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF), and is Treasurer of the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH). He is also a consultant and advisor to several government departments in the UK and internationally.


CEO/Registered Manager and Directors

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Peter Sandiford

Chief Executive Officer. Peter has worked in services for looked after and adopted children for 40 years. His experience includes managing residential care services, managing practice learning, lecturing and working as a development manager for National Children’s Bureau. He is trained as a social worker, family therapist and practice teacher and holds a Diploma in Management Studies.…Read More

Chief Executive Officer.

Peter has worked in services for looked after and adopted children for 40 years. His experience includes managing residential care services, managing practice learning, lecturing and working as a development manager for National Children’s Bureau. He is trained as a social worker, family therapist and practice teacher and holds a Diploma in Management Studies.

Peter has led significant projects including the NCB project Improving Educational Opportunities for Looked After Children, and the Inside Outside project working with birth mothers in prison and through the gateway as part of the Cabinet Office Social Exclusion Unit.

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Claire Walsh

Director of Service Delivery – Adult Services & Training. Claire has worked within operational services for children, young people and families for over 20 years, in a range of areas including troubled families, Looked After children and young people, antenatal and early years and specialist parenting support. She has direct experience of strategic commissioning, procurement, tender management, service management, service reviews and business development.…Read More

Director of Service Delivery – Adult Services & Training.

Claire has worked within operational services for children, young people and families for over 20 years, in a range of areas including troubled families, Looked After children and young people, antenatal and early years and specialist parenting support. She has direct experience of strategic commissioning, procurement, tender management, service management, service reviews and business development. Claire has extensive project management experience and is a qualified Prince2 Practitioner. She also holds a degree in Sociology, Ma in Guidance & Counselling and NV5 in Operational Management.

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Jan Slater

Director of Service Delivery - Child & Family and Education. Jan has over 35 years experience as a qualified social work practitioner and manager. In recent years Jan held senior positions in 3 large Midlands authorities managing services to looked after children, children's disability services and the establishment of the Virtual School in two areas.…Read More

Director of Service Delivery – Child & Family and Education.

Jan has over 35 years experience as a qualified social work practitioner and manager. In recent years Jan held senior positions in 3 large Midlands authorities managing services to looked after children, children’s disability services and the establishment of the Virtual School in two areas.

Jan’s earliest work experience was in children’s homes as a residential social worker and it was here that her ongoing commitment to seeking improvements in services and opportunities for looked after children was initially developed. Jan values adoption, supported by skilled therapeutic support as a preferred solution for a sizeable group of children who have experienced early trauma and their families.

Most recently as Director of Adoption Support with Adoption UK, Jan led on a range of new developments to their family support services, in particular overseeing how their tried and tested peer-to-peer telephone support can be used to support families experiencing child to parent violence, including those in crisis and those experiencing disruption.


Training Service

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Kate McCormack

Interim Head of Training Service. Kate is the Interim Head of Training at PAC-UK. Kate has been with PAC-UK for over 6 years in  various roles developing a thorough understanding of adoption and permanence. She has worked within Training for the last few years. Kate was previously a corporate and commercial lawyer working in the City of London and then in Leeds. …Read More

Interim Head of Training Service. Kate is the Interim Head of Training at PAC-UK. Kate has been with PAC-UK for over 6 years in  various roles developing a thorough understanding of adoption and permanence. She has worked within Training for the last few years. Kate was previously a corporate and commercial lawyer working in the City of London and then in Leeds. After a career break to raise her children, she first got involved with the work of PAC-UK as a volunteer. Kate has developed the PAC-UK training programme nationally and has a great passion for providing excellent training and workshops for adoptive families, adopted adults and professionals.

 

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Lorraine Hirst

Training Manager. Lorraine has over 25 years’ experience in varied roles in and around Children’s Services and Education both in local government and the voluntary sector. She has also run her own consultancy and training businesses. Key themes in her work include service development, learning, training and change. As Training Manager at Adoption UK, and now within the partnership between PAC-UK and Adoption UK, she delivers peer training programmes for parents and trainings for professionals, including Parenting Our Children (formerly Piece of Cake) and Parenting Our Teens.…Read More

Training Manager. Lorraine has over 25 years’ experience in varied roles in and around Children’s Services and Education both in local government and the voluntary sector. She has also run her own consultancy and training businesses. Key themes in her work include service development, learning, training and change. As Training Manager at Adoption UK, and now within the partnership between PAC-UK and Adoption UK, she delivers peer training programmes for parents and trainings for professionals, including Parenting Our Children (formerly Piece of Cake) and Parenting Our Teens. She believes passionately in empowering families to build their own resilience and get the support they need to thrive.

Prior to joining Adoption UK, Lorraine worked with Children’s and Family Services across the UK:  she acted as lead on a young carers project;  developed programmes to increase emotional resilience in children, parents and care-givers; devised a disability framework for services; supported the marketing of Children’s Information Services, led on the commissioning of family support services and developed good practice models of intervention in schools. In each role she has ensured that parents or children’s voices are heard and actively shape the design during the process.

Lorraine is currently studying Educational and Organisational Transactional Analysis – which she applies to her own parenting, relationships and in her work.

 

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Chris Christophides

Trainer Consultant. Chris has over 35 years of experience in social work with children and families as a Practitioner, Manager, Trainer Consultant and Adoption/Fostering Agency Adviser in local government and the voluntary sector. He previously worked at BAAF for 12 years, where he provided training, advice giving and consultancy in adoption, fostering and post adoption in the UK and overseas.…Read More

Trainer Consultant. Chris has over 35 years of experience in social work with children and families as a Practitioner, Manager, Trainer Consultant and Adoption/Fostering Agency Adviser in local government and the voluntary sector. He previously worked at BAAF for 12 years, where he provided training, advice giving and consultancy in adoption, fostering and post adoption in the UK and overseas. He is still a Chair of Adoption and Fostering Panels in London.

Chris is co-author of a preparation training course for remand foster carers in the UK/Europe, published by BAAF in May 2015.

Whilst working at PAC-UK, Chris has developed an interest in the ‘Enhanced Adoptive Parenting’ Training Programme, supporting kinship foster carers, organising national conferences and delivering training to Adoption and Fostering Panels in England.

 


Advice Line and Adult Services

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Pavlina Georgiades

Head of Adult Services (London). Pavlina is Head of Adult Services (London) at PAC-UK, supervising counsellors who work with birth relatives, adopted adults, adopters and prospective adopters and other permanent carers. Pavlina is registered with the BPS as a graduate member and has completed an MA in psychoanalytic observational studies at the Tavistock Institute.…Read More

Head of Adult Services (London).

Pavlina is Head of Adult Services (London) at PAC-UK, supervising counsellors who work with birth relatives, adopted adults, adopters and prospective adopters and other permanent carers. Pavlina is registered with the BPS as a graduate member and has completed an MA in psychoanalytic observational studies at the Tavistock Institute. Pavlina has been involved in assessing and supporting families for over 20 years. Pavlina began specialising in the field of adoption over ten years ago when she joined PAC-UK’s Child and Family team. Since then she has also embarked on outreach counselling for PAC-UK which sparked her interest and experience in working with all parties to adoption. She is currently embarking on further training to become a UKCP registered adult psychotherapist.

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Alvina Bokhari

Adult Services Psychotherapist. Alvina had a long career in primary education management, specialising in the coordination of special needs provision. Later she joined PAC-UK as a trainee counsellor in a supervised placement and subsequently gained an M.A. and UKCP accreditation. Alvina stayed on at the organisation as a volunteer and later as a sessional worker providing adult counselling and Advice Line support until the end of 2013.…Read More

Adult Services Psychotherapist.

Alvina had a long career in primary education management, specialising in the coordination of special needs provision. Later she joined PAC-UK as a trainee counsellor in a supervised placement and subsequently gained an M.A. and UKCP accreditation. Alvina stayed on at the organisation as a volunteer and later as a sessional worker providing adult counselling and Advice Line support until the end of 2013. During her time at PAC-UK she has provided counselling to a wide range of clients including adopted adults and couples, birth parents, prospective adopters and adoptive parents.

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Patsy Bolton

Outreach Counsellor. Patsy works as a counsellor in PAC-UK’s outreach surgeries in the London Boroughs of Lambeth and Ealing. She has over 20 years’ experience as a member of Wandsworth CAMHS multidisciplinary team. She completed her Adoption Counselling Expertise (ACE) course in 1998. Patsy's extensive experience encompasses working within CAHMS and a Post Adoption social services team working with special guardianship, counselling adult adoptees, adoptive parents and their children.…Read More

Outreach Counsellor.

Patsy works as a counsellor in PAC-UK’s outreach surgeries in the London Boroughs of Lambeth and Ealing. She has over 20 years’ experience as a member of Wandsworth CAMHS multidisciplinary team. She completed her Adoption Counselling Expertise (ACE) course in 1998. Patsy’s extensive experience encompasses working within CAHMS and a Post Adoption social services team working with special guardianship, counselling adult adoptees, adoptive parents and their children. Patsy is currently working towards the practicum in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. She’s also a parent advisor for the Enhancing Adoptive Parenting Programme and has offered training to PAC-UK subscribing local authorities.

 

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Rita Cleary

Birth Parent Support Worker and Outreach Counsellor. Rita Cleary is PAC-UK’s Birth Parent Support Worker. Within that role Rita provides specialist support for birth parents, during a drop-in service twice a month at PAC-UK. Rita also offers support to birth families where there is direct contact with the child. She has written a practice paper for PAC-UK which reflects on her work with birth mothers at PAC-UK.…Read More

Birth Parent Support Worker and Outreach Counsellor.

Rita Cleary is PAC-UK’s Birth Parent Support Worker. Within that role Rita provides specialist support for birth parents, during a drop-in service twice a month at PAC-UK. Rita also offers support to birth families where there is direct contact with the child. She has written a practice paper for PAC-UK which reflects on her work with birth mothers at PAC-UK. Rita has an advanced diploma in humanistic integrative counselling. She completed PAC-UK’s specialist Adoption Counselling Expertise (ACE) course and is qualified in cognitive behavioural therapy. She has been associated with PAC-UK for over 15 years.

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Deborah Connolly

Outreach Counsellor. Deborah works as a counsellor at PAC-UK’s outreach surgeries in West Sussex and the London Borough of Havering. Deborah has been a qualified social worker since 1985. She has worked in local authority, but for twenty two years primarily for an adoption service in a major children’s charity. Deborah has worked in all areas of the adoption process, including assessment and preparation of children, family finding and assessment of adopters and supporting placements, as well as supporting adults who are exploring birth histories and tracing.…Read More

Outreach Counsellor.

Deborah works as a counsellor at PAC-UK’s outreach surgeries in West Sussex and the London Borough of Havering. Deborah has been a qualified social worker since 1985. She has worked in local authority, but for twenty two years primarily for an adoption service in a major children’s charity. Deborah has worked in all areas of the adoption process, including assessment and preparation of children, family finding and assessment of adopters and supporting placements, as well as supporting adults who are exploring birth histories and tracing. Deborah is trained to run Webster-Stratton parenting skills’ groups, which she has done over several years. She has been particularly involved in groups that have been enhanced to meet the needs of parents of adopted children.

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Arnoldus Coppens

Outreach Counsellor. Arnoldus is an integrative psychotherapist who trained at the Metanoia Institute. He has a background in nursing, social work and education. He has worked for PAC-UK as a counsellor since 1994 as well as having fulfilled other tasks, such as advice line and outreach co-ordinator, group work facilitator, trainer and clinical supervisor.…Read More

Outreach Counsellor.

Arnoldus is an integrative psychotherapist who trained at the Metanoia Institute. He has a background in nursing, social work and education. He has worked for PAC-UK as a counsellor since 1994 as well as having fulfilled other tasks, such as advice line and outreach co-ordinator, group work facilitator, trainer and clinical supervisor. Arnoldus’s interests lie in child development, attachment, trauma/loss and relationships and he uses the relevant theories to help guide his clients through their material to find resolve, in a psychodynamic, talking-therapy way. Currently Arnoldus sees clients at the outreach service in West Sussex.

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Rose Dagoo

Outreach Counsellor. Rose has worked at PAC-UK for 23 years as an adoption counsellor, working mainly with adoptive and birth parents, adopted adults and professionals. Rose worked on our advice line for 23 years up until December 2013 and currently works as a counsellor in PAC-UK’s outreach surgery in Ealing. Rose qualified and worked as a social worker for many years before specialising as an adoption social worker at Coram Adoption Service.…Read More

Outreach Counsellor.

Rose has worked at PAC-UK for 23 years as an adoption counsellor, working mainly with adoptive and birth parents, adopted adults and professionals. Rose worked on our advice line for 23 years up until December 2013 and currently works as a counsellor in PAC-UK’s outreach surgery in Ealing. Rose qualified and worked as a social worker for many years before specialising as an adoption social worker at Coram Adoption Service. She has worked as a children’s guardian for 16 years and does Parenting and Contact Assessments for the Family Courts. Rose also coordinates and supervises PAC-UK’s Secondment Scheme for local authority social workers to expand their knowledge and expertise in permanency and adoption support work. Rose is a member of NAGALRO (The Professional Association for Children’s Guardians, Family Court Advisers Independent Social Work Practitioners and Consultants) and is registered with the HCPC.

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Monica Duck

Outreach Counsellor. I currently work as a freelance social worker and an Attachment based Psychotherapist. Prior to this I worked as the Director of Post-Adoption Centre. Over the last eight years I have developed a small private practice working with adults including couples on exploring a range of relational difficulties that have impacted on their ability to form and maintain healthy relationships.…Read More

Outreach Counsellor.

I currently work as a freelance social worker and an Attachment based Psychotherapist. Prior to this I worked as the Director of Post-Adoption Centre. Over the last eight years I have developed a small private practice working with adults including couples on exploring a range of relational difficulties that have impacted on their ability to form and maintain healthy relationships.

I have presented at various workshops and seminars on Adoption issues and for the last eight years taught the Race, Class and Culture seminars at The Bowlby Centre.

I have also facilitated a number of Webster Stratton training courses for adoptive parents.

In addition, I work two days per month as an outreach adoption counsellor for PAC UK, providing face to face counselling to anyone affected by adoption, including adopted adults, birth parents and adoptive families. I am also a Independent member of a Local Authority Adoption and Permanency Panel.

As a UKCP registered Psychotherapist I receive regular supervision and maintain regular post qualifying training and professional development.

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Kunu Gordon

Outreach Counsellor. Kunu‘s role at PAC-UK is as an outreach worker in Hampshire and Surrey, where she is involved in counselling mainly adopted adults and adoptive parents. She also facilitates Hampshire Adoptive Parents’ Support Groups which take place regularly in 2 different locations in Hampshire and provide adopters with a chance to gain support for their own situations as well as hear the experiences of others.…Read More

Outreach Counsellor.

Kunu‘s role at PAC-UK is as an outreach worker in Hampshire and Surrey, where she is involved in counselling mainly adopted adults and adoptive parents. She also facilitates Hampshire Adoptive Parents’ Support Groups which take place regularly in 2 different locations in Hampshire and provide adopters with a chance to gain support for their own situations as well as hear the experiences of others. Kunu has been counselling for over 20 years, mainly within the context of a university counselling service for students and staff.She has an MA in Philosophy and Psychology, an MSc in Psychological Counselling, and qualifications in Couples Counselling and Supervision of Counselling. She also completed PAC-UK’s Adoption Counselling Expertise course in 1988.

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Gill Jenner

Intermediary Work Coordinator and Outreach Counsellor. Gill Jenner has worked as a counsellor at PAC-UK since 2000. She is an adult counsellor at PAC-UK’s office in Kentish Town and also works as an outreach counsellor at PAC-UK’s surgeries in Medway, Southwark, Waltham Forest and West Sussex. Gill qualified as a social worker in 1981 and has worked in adoption since 1990, covering all aspects of the adoption process. …

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Intermediary Work Coordinator and Outreach Counsellor. Gill Jenner has worked as a counsellor at PAC-UK since 2000. She is an adult counsellor at PAC-UK’s office in Kentish Town and also works as an outreach counsellor at PAC-UK’s surgeries in Medway, Southwark, Waltham Forest and West Sussex. Gill qualified as a social worker in 1981 and has worked in adoption since 1990, covering all aspects of the adoption process. Since 1999 she has worked in post adoption for a leading children’s charity and she now manages the adoption support services for a local authority. Gill has considerable experience of working with people considering adoption, adoptive parents and their children, birth relatives and adopted adults who are accessing their birth/adoption histories and in acting as an Intermediary. She has undertaken various specialist training courses in attachment and the impact of trauma including PAC-UK’s Adoption Counselling Expertise (ACE), Theraplay, Story Stem and Enhanced Adoptive Parenting.

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Tessa Kennedy

Outreach Counsellor. Tess Kennedy is a Person Centred practitioner who has been practising with PAC-UK since 2002 to all people involved in the adoption triad. Tess is currently working with Gill Jenner in the outreach service provided for Medway. Tess has trained extensively in attachment & trauma/loss theory & has a very keen interest in working with families & individuals party to adoption.…Read More

Outreach Counsellor.

Tess Kennedy is a Person Centred practitioner who has been practising with PAC-UK since 2002 to all people involved in the adoption triad. Tess is currently working with Gill Jenner in the outreach service provided for Medway. Tess has trained extensively in attachment & trauma/loss theory & has a very keen interest in working with families & individuals party to adoption. She has several years experience within the PCT tier 2 as a commissioned Parent/Child therapist & supervisor, working with attachment, trauma/loss in birth families and also facilitating groups of parents.Tess has postgraduate training at UEA (University of East Anglia Norwich) in Focusing & Experiential Psychotherapy (2008) and prior to this completed PAC-UK’s ACE (adoption counselling expertise) (2003/2004), Theraplay & MIM & Group Theraplay (2006) and a Certificate in Group Facilitation at City Lit. Tess is a senior accredited member of the BACP, individually registered member of UKRCP, & registered Focusing & Experiential trainer/practitioner.

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Beverley Morris

Outreach Counsellor. Beverley has been counselling at PAC-UK since 2000. She offers counselling at PAC-UK’s outreach surgeries in Barnet and Waltham Forest. She works with all adult parties to adoption and young adolescents. Beverley has more than 15 years of experience as a Primary Care counsellor. She is trained as a Person Centred counsellor and is a senior accredited member of BACP and a registered individual member of UKRCP.…Read More

Outreach Counsellor.

Beverley has been counselling at PAC-UK since 2000. She offers counselling at PAC-UK’s outreach surgeries in Barnet and Waltham Forest. She works with all adult parties to adoption and young adolescents. Beverley has more than 15 years of experience as a Primary Care counsellor. She is trained as a Person Centred counsellor and is a senior accredited member of BACP and a registered individual member of UKRCP. Beverley has undertaken 3 years of post qualification specialist counselling training for preparation and post adoption and working with severe attachment difficulties.

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Laura Stephenson

Adult Services Counsellor and Advice Line Counsellor. Laura Stephenson’s role at PAC-UK is as an Advice Line and adult counsellor. Qualifying as a social worker in 1981, Laura worked in local authority adoption teams from 1988 to 2014, specialising in post-adoption work since 2000 following a year’s secondment at PAC-UK. Her roles have included direct work with all those involved in adoption and other forms of permanency, training, supervising adoption support social workers and supervising social workers assessing and supporting kinship carers.…Read More

Adult Services Counsellor and Advice Line Counsellor.

Laura Stephenson’s role at PAC-UK is as an Advice Line and adult counsellor. Qualifying as a social worker in 1981, Laura worked in local authority adoption teams from 1988 to 2014, specialising in post-adoption work since 2000 following a year’s secondment at PAC-UK. Her roles have included direct work with all those involved in adoption and other forms of permanency, training, supervising adoption support social workers and supervising social workers assessing and supporting kinship carers.

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Rose Wallace

Adult Services Counsellor and Advice Line Counsellor. Rose’s role at PAC-UK is as a counsellor in the adult counselling service, providing counselling to adults affected by adoption or permanency issues, including adopted adults and birth and adoptive parents. She also works on the PAC-UK Advice Line. Rose has a particular interest in the impact of separation and loss, identity issues and search and reunion.…Read More

Adult Services Counsellor and Advice Line Counsellor.

Rose’s role at PAC-UK is as a counsellor in the adult counselling service, providing counselling to adults affected by adoption or permanency issues, including adopted adults and birth and adoptive parents. She also works on the PAC-UK Advice Line. Rose has a particular interest in the impact of separation and loss, identity issues and search and reunion. Rose is a qualified social worker with over 20 years’ experience of providing adoption support services and post care services to adults in a variety of settings, including local authority and voluntary agency. She has an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling and has completed PAC-UK’s Adoption Counselling Expertise (ACE) diploma and undertaken PAC-UK’s Enhancing Adoptive Parenting training. Rose is a registered member of  BACP and HCPC. She has worked as a research interviewer/team member on several major adoption research studies.

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Anne Wardrop

Outreach Counsellor. Anne works at PAC-UK’s outreach surgeries in Hampshire and the London Borough of Hillingdon. Anne is a qualified counsellor and senior social work practitioner. She has 18 years’ experience in the field of adoption and prior to that, 11 years in child protection. She holds a post graduate diploma in Systemic Practice with Families and Couples and has several years’ experience in relationship counselling.…Read More

Outreach Counsellor.

Anne works at PAC-UK’s outreach surgeries in Hampshire and the London Borough of Hillingdon. Anne is a qualified counsellor and senior social work practitioner. She has 18 years’ experience in the field of adoption and prior to that, 11 years in child protection. She holds a post graduate diploma in Systemic Practice with Families and Couples and has several years’ experience in relationship counselling. She has also practised as a counsellor in the field of substance misuse. Anne’s specialism is in providing therapeutic support and advice to adoptive parents, adopted adults and children.

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Maria Wood

Outreach Counsellor. Maria Wood has worked as a counsellor at PAC-UK since 2003. She works as a counsellor at PAC-UK’s outreach surgery in Surrey. Maria qualified as a social worker in 1981 and has worked in both Local Authority and Independent Adoption Agencies. From 1990, she worked to support and counsel birth parents as well as working with adoptive parents.…Read More

Outreach Counsellor.

Maria Wood has worked as a counsellor at PAC-UK since 2003. She works as a counsellor at PAC-UK’s outreach surgery in Surrey. Maria qualified as a social worker in 1981 and has worked in both Local Authority and Independent Adoption Agencies. From 1990, she worked to support and counsel birth parents as well as working with adoptive parents. Since 1998, she has worked with all those associated with the adoption and permanency process including adoptive and kinship carers, adopted adults accessing their birth records and additional counselling, and those seeking an intermediary service.

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Fiona Start

Adult Services Counsellor and Advice Line Counsellor. Fiona works at the Kentish Town office and as an Outreach worker for the Tri-borough (Westminster, Kensington and Hammersmith). She has been a social worker for 30 years and is also a BACP Accredited counsellor. She has worked throughout her career with children who are fostered, adopted or permanently placed with family members. …Read More

Adult Services Counsellor and Advice Line Counsellor.

Fiona works at the Kentish Town office and as an Outreach worker for the Tri-borough (Westminster, Kensington and Hammersmith). She has been a social worker for 30 years and is also a BACP Accredited counsellor. She has worked throughout her career with children who are fostered, adopted or permanently placed with family members. Fiona worked for 10 years as an adoption social worker and manager, working with all stages of the adoption process. She then joined a London borough in 2007 where she managed  the Adoption Support Service and Special Guardianship Team. Fiona has a particular interest in the impact of loss and infertility for all those involved in the adoption triangle.

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Cascia Davis

Adult Services Counsellor and Advice Line Counsellor. Cascia’s role at PAC-UK is as adult counsellor and advice line worker. She is a qualified social worker with many years’ experience working in the field of adoption and fostering, both as a practitioner and manager in a busy inner London local authority. She is HCPC registered.…Read More

Adult Services Counsellor and Advice Line Counsellor.

Cascia’s role at PAC-UK is as adult counsellor and advice line worker. She is a qualified social worker with many years’ experience working in the field of adoption and fostering, both as a practitioner and manager in a busy inner London local authority. She is HCPC registered. Prior to joining PAC-UK Cascia worked for 11 years in the voluntary sector as a senior social work practitioner providing a post care and post-adoption service including adult counselling, access to/sharing care and adoption records, and intermediary and search services. Cascia is a qualified and experienced attachment based psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a registered member of The Bowlby Centre and UKCP.

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Laura O’Clee

Adult Services Counsellor. Laura has been involved in services for Children and Families since graduating in 2002, particularly with Looked after Children and Care-Leavers. She began working in adoption when she joined the organisation in 2012 and specialised in working with contemporary birth parents and with people affected by adoption who are in prison.…Read More

Adult Services Counsellor.

Laura has been involved in services for Children and Families since graduating in 2002, particularly with Looked after Children and Care-Leavers. She began working in adoption when she joined the organisation in 2012 and specialised in working with contemporary birth parents and with people affected by adoption who are in prison. She also provides adoption support for adults from our outreach base in Halifax. Laura is a qualified Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist and currently offers counselling to adult adoptees at the PAC-UK Leeds office.

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Chris Phillips

Adult Services Counsellor. Chris qualified as a social worker in 1981 and has experience of working with children and families and with older people in both residential and fieldwork roles. From 1992-97 Chris worked as a social worker attached to a health centre where he liaised closely with GPs to provide a generic social work service including counselling for adults with mental health issues.…Read More

Adult Services Counsellor.

Chris qualified as a social worker in 1981 and has experience of working with children and families and with older people in both residential and fieldwork roles. From 1992-97 Chris worked as a social worker attached to a health centre where he liaised closely with GPs to provide a generic social work service including counselling for adults with mental health issues. During this period he completed the Advanced Diploma in Counselling course at Manchester University. Chris worked for After Adoption Yorkshire from February 2008. He has a particular interest in individual counselling and in providing support to adoptive parents.

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Pat Kenny

Adult Services Counsellor. Pat Kenny qualified as a social worker in 1995. She has worked in the area of adoption since 2002. Prior to this she was involved in child protection and with children and their families. Before qualifying she worked with homeless men recovering from drug and alcohol problems in London.Read More

Adult Services Counsellor.

Pat Kenny qualified as a social worker in 1995. She has worked in the area of adoption since 2002. Prior to this she was involved in child protection and with children and their families. Before qualifying she worked with homeless men recovering from drug and alcohol problems in London.

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Mike Hancock

Head of Adult Services (Leeds). Mike is Head of Adult Services (Leeds) at PAC-UK, supervising social workers and counsellors who work with birth relatives and adopted adults. Mike worked with contemporary birth parents for a number of years in Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield and Halifax seeing them at community bases and at home.  He has  run groups for these service users as well as presenting training for professionals around adoption issues.…Read More

Head of Adult Services (Leeds). Mike is Head of Adult Services (Leeds) at PAC-UK, supervising social workers and counsellors who work with birth relatives and adopted adults. Mike worked with contemporary birth parents for a number of years in Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield and Halifax seeing them at community bases and at home.  He has  run groups for these service users as well as presenting training for professionals around adoption issues. Mike has a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and is an accredited member of the BACP.

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Wendy Needham

Adult Services Counsellor. Wendy is a fully qualified social worker with a 30 year career within local authority services. She is also a qualified counsellor and has particular experience of working with children and families presenting with attachment difficulties. Wendy currently covers Rotherham and South Yorkshire working as an outreach counsellor with all those associated with the adoption and permanency process including adoptive and kinship carers, adopted adults accessing their birth records and those requiring additional counselling or seeking an intermediary service.…Read More

Adult Services Counsellor.

Wendy is a fully qualified social worker with a 30 year career within local authority services. She is also a qualified counsellor and has particular experience of working with children and families presenting with attachment difficulties. Wendy currently covers Rotherham and South Yorkshire working as an outreach counsellor with all those associated with the adoption and permanency process including adoptive and kinship carers, adopted adults accessing their birth records and those requiring additional counselling or seeking an intermediary service.

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Clare Baldwin

Adult Services Counsellor and Advice Line Counsellor. Clare is an adoption support worker and qualified counsellor. She has worked in adoption for over 15 years as a caseworker with adopted people, birth relatives and adopters. She currently runs the Leeds Office Advice Line, and PAC-UK’s Tracing service.Read More

Adult Services Counsellor and Advice Line Counsellor.

Clare is an adoption support worker and qualified counsellor. She has worked in adoption for over 15 years as a caseworker with adopted people, birth relatives and adopters. She currently runs the Leeds Office Advice Line, and PAC-UK’s Tracing service.

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Gemma Ridge

Birth Parent Support Worker. Previous to joining PAC-UK, Gemma worked as a Probation Officer for 10 years, and during that time she also qualified as a counsellor. Her role at PAC-UK is as an Adoption Support Worker, mainly with contemporary birth parents across West Yorkshire. Gemma also facilitates a support group for contemporary birth parents.…Read More

Birth Parent Support Worker. Previous to joining PAC-UK, Gemma worked as a Probation Officer for 10 years, and during that time she also qualified as a counsellor. Her role at PAC-UK is as an Adoption Support Worker, mainly with contemporary birth parents across West Yorkshire. Gemma also facilitates a support group for contemporary birth parents.

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Angela Collings

Adult Services Counsellor. Angela qualified as a Social Worker in 1996 and is HCPC registered. Since qualification she has worked within many areas of social work i.e. with Vulnerable Adults and Safeguarding Children; Mental Health and Education. Angela is an experienced Adoption Support Services Adviser and specialises in the field of post-adoption, working with all parties in the adoption triangle: adoptees, adoptive parents, birth relatives and siblings.…Read More

Adult Services Counsellor. Angela qualified as a Social Worker in 1996 and is HCPC registered. Since qualification she has worked within many areas of social work i.e. with Vulnerable Adults and Safeguarding Children; Mental Health and Education. Angela is an experienced Adoption Support Services Adviser and specialises in the field of post-adoption, working with all parties in the adoption triangle: adoptees, adoptive parents, birth relatives and siblings. Angela has many years’ experience as an Independent Adoption Panel member and has practiced within Private, Voluntary and Local Authority agencies.

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Katy Grange

Outreach Counsellor. Katy has been working in an Outreach service for birth relatives in the Harlow area since September. Katy qualified as a counsellor in 2004 whilst working as a drug and alcohol worker within prisons. Katy has been a registered Member of the BACP since 2010 when she started working therapeutically in private practice. …Read More

Outreach Counsellor. Katy has been working in an Outreach service for birth relatives in the Harlow area since September. Katy qualified as a counsellor in 2004 whilst working as a drug and alcohol worker within prisons. Katy has been a registered Member of the BACP since 2010 when she started working therapeutically in private practice.  Alongside this Katy worked voluntarily for several years within a children centre setting working on the bonds of attachment with parents and children and took up a permanent position there last September. Alongside this Katy works therapeutically with teenagers at a pupil referral unit and with primary age children within schools in Essex. Alongside CPD training tailored to working effectively in the specialist area of adoption and working therapeutically with children further training has included a certificate in parent-child relationship skills in 2015. Katy became accredited in September 2015.

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Sue Blything

Adult Services Counsellor. Sue Blything qualified as a social worker in 1989 and has experience of working in child protection for many years before joining Lancashire Probation Service on a joint project with  NSPCC working  with prisoners  and those on probation who were charged with  sexual offences against children. Sue facilitated group work within the prison and facilitated training for probation officers.…Read More

Adult Services Counsellor.

Sue Blything qualified as a social worker in 1989 and has experience of working in child protection for many years before joining Lancashire Probation Service on a joint project with  NSPCC working  with prisoners  and those on probation who were charged with  sexual offences against children. Sue facilitated group work within the prison and facilitated training for probation officers. Sue has  also worked at Ashworth High Secure Hospital as Manager on the Personality Disorder Unit.  She has facilitated therapeutic group work and facilitated training across Merseycare NHS Trust and more recently worked as a supervising social worker for Knowsley fostering and adoption team facilitating group work and offering training for  prospective foster carers.

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Denise Smalley

Adult Services Counsellor. Before specialising in children and families Denise enjoyed ten years supporting children and adults with learning disabilities learning some Makaton and sign language along the way. Subsequently she went on to work with young people in need including asylum seeking young people, working within various local authorities before qualifying as a social worker in 2004.…Read More

Adult Services Counsellor.

Before specialising in children and families Denise enjoyed ten years supporting children and adults with learning disabilities learning some Makaton and sign language along the way. Subsequently she went on to work with young people in need including asylum seeking young people, working within various local authorities before qualifying as a social worker in 2004. Twelve years as a qualified social worker supporting children in care and their families and Denise has gained wide understanding of trauma and loss and the impact on children, families and adults. Graduating in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Social Care Practice (Child and Adolescent Mental Health) has further enhanced her skills in supporting young people and families. Denise completed EMDR training in 2015 to directly assist those experiencing symptoms of PTSD. Denise is also an experienced trainer, designing and delivering training to prospective and current carers. With her personal and professional experience, Denise is passionate about engaging with those who wish to improve and develop support for all affected by the care system.

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Carol Fellowes

Adult Services Counsellor. Carol qualified as a social worker is 1989 and working extensively with children and families in a local authority setting, before specialising in adoption work. She has worked as a freelance social worker and trainer for several years and in May 2016 began work as an adult services counsellor. Carol is currently training to be a counsellor.…Read More

Adult Services Counsellor.

Carol qualified as a social worker is 1989 and working extensively with children and families in a local authority setting, before specialising in adoption work. She has worked as a freelance social worker and trainer for several years and in May 2016 began work as an adult services counsellor. Carol is currently training to be a counsellor.

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Val Shephard

Adult Services Counsellor. Val qualified as a social worker in 1983 and has over 30 years' experience with children and families, much of it within the fostering and adoption field. Val has experience of working with all sides of the adoption triangle including direct work with children with an adoption plan, training and assessment of prospective adopters, adoption support and access to records for adopted adults.…Read More

Adult Services Counsellor.

Val qualified as a social worker in 1983 and has over 30 years’ experience with children and families, much of it within the fostering and adoption field.

Val has experience of working with all sides of the adoption triangle including direct work with children with an adoption plan, training and assessment of prospective adopters, adoption support and access to records for adopted adults. Since 2014, Val has worked as an independent social worker involved in a range of work relating to fostering and adoption.

Val currently covers the Doncaster outreach base working predominantly with adopted adults and birth parents.


Child and Family Service

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Franca Brenninkmeyer

Head of Child and Family Service (London). Franca has over 20 years of professional adoption experience and has worked at PAC-UK since 1996. She has Master degrees in Pedagogical Sciences and Counselling Psychology from Belgium and the UK and is registered as a graduate member with the BPS. Franca was instrumental in developing PAC-UK’s assessments and intensive therapeutic interventions for adoptive families.…Read More

Head of Child and Family Service (London). Franca has over 20 years of professional adoption experience and has worked at PAC-UK since 1996. She has Master degrees in Pedagogical Sciences and Counselling Psychology from Belgium and the UK and is registered as a graduate member with the BPS. Franca was instrumental in developing PAC-UK’s assessments and intensive therapeutic interventions for adoptive families. She regularly presents/leads training days on adoption, trauma and attachment related topics.

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Sue Dromey

Practice Manager – Child and Family Service (London). Sue is an integrative Child Psychotherapist registered with UKCP, a registered social worker and a former Guardian ad Litem and who has worked in the field of fostering and adoption for 35 years. She was the Trainer-Consultant for British Agencies of Adoption and Fostering in the 90’s and has continued to train professionals and parents in UK, Ireland and Spain.…Read More

Practice Manager – Child and Family Service (London). Sue is an integrative Child Psychotherapist registered with UKCP, a registered social worker and a former Guardian ad Litem and who has worked in the field of fostering and adoption for 35 years. She was the Trainer-Consultant for British Agencies of Adoption and Fostering in the 90’s and has continued to train professionals and parents in UK, Ireland and Spain. She is practice manager of the Child and Family Service at PAC-UK and has worked there since 2001. She is trained and experienced in Theraplay®, Dan Hughes’ Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and is currently working towards her accreditation as a practitioner of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing). Sue has an MA in Integrative Child Psychotherapy, a Pg. Dip in Drama Therapy, a BA in Applied Social Studies and a CQSW.

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Anthea Benjamin

Child and Family Therapist. Anthea Benjamin is a qualified counsellor and a registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist. She has worked extensively with children, adolescents and adults for 10 years in various settings. She has been with PAC-UK's Child and Family Service for five years and has a special interest in working with adults and children who have been placed trans-racially, exploring issues of identity.…Read More

Child and Family Therapist.

Anthea Benjamin is a qualified counsellor and a registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist. She has worked extensively with children, adolescents and adults for 10 years in various settings. She has been with PAC-UK’s Child and Family Service for five years and has a special interest in working with adults and children who have been placed trans-racially, exploring issues of identity.

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Roz Read

Child and Family Therapist. Roz has been part of the Child & Family team at PAC-UK for 5 years, working with adopted children and their parents as a Child and Family Psychotherapist. She is a UKCP registered Integrative Child Psychotherapist, a Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Certified Practitioner and a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. In addition to her MA, Roz is accredited in Story Stems Assessment Profile (SSAP), and has a PG Dip in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies from the Tavistock Centre.  …Read More

Child and Family Therapist.

Roz has been part of the Child & Family team at PAC-UK for 5 years, working with adopted children and their parents as a Child and Family Psychotherapist. She is a UKCP registered Integrative Child Psychotherapist, a Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Certified Practitioner and a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. In addition to her MA, Roz is accredited in Story Stems Assessment Profile (SSAP), and has a PG Dip in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies from the Tavistock Centre.  With a background working in the arts, Roz has worked extensively with children and teenagers in multi-cultural inner-city community projects, schools and multi-disciplinary teams for over 30 years. For the past 12 years, Roz has worked with fostered and adopted children and their families firstly at Family Futures and then at PAC-UK. When not at PAC-UK, Roz is Programme Director of the Integrative Child Psychotherapy MA training at the Institute for Arts in Therapy & Education (IATE).

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Ruth Pimenta

Child and Adolescent Therapist. Ruth Pimenta is part of the Child and Family Team at PAC-UK. She trained as a teacher and taught in London for 16 years. She is a qualified Counsellor and has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling from the Psychosynthesis and Education Trust in London. She also completed her Masters in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the Tavistock Centre in London.…Read More

Child and Adolescent Therapist.

Ruth Pimenta is part of the Child and Family Team at PAC-UK. She trained as a teacher and taught in London for 16 years. She is a qualified Counsellor and has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling from the Psychosynthesis and Education Trust in London. She also completed her Masters in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the Tavistock Centre in London. She is a member of BACP. Prior to joining PAC-UK she worked as a child mental health worker with Looked After Children and Young People for 10 years. She previously worked at PAC-UK as an Education Adviser on the NLFAC/PAC Education Project.

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Clara Hammond-Garcia

Integrative Arts Psychotherapist. Clara is an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, UKCP registered, who works with adults and children. Clara qualified as a Psychologist in 1988 in Colombia. She has a diploma in Child Psychotherapeutic skills, certificates in systemic practice with families and couples, and in the use of arts in therapy and education. Clara has a long and varied experience across a number of settings, always acting as a facilitator of personal growth in her clients.…Read More

Integrative Arts Psychotherapist. Clara is an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, UKCP registered, who works with adults and children. Clara qualified as a Psychologist in 1988 in Colombia. She has a diploma in Child Psychotherapeutic skills, certificates in systemic practice with families and couples, and in the use of arts in therapy and education. Clara has a long and varied experience across a number of settings, always acting as a facilitator of personal growth in her clients. She worked with autistic children and in primary and secondary schools as an educational psychologist in Colombia. For the last 12 years she has been working with children who have experienced trauma, losses multiple placements and being adopted, while working with organizations such as Social Services, NHS in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, CAMHS, and in the volunteer sector. Clara offers therapy in both the English and Spanish languages.

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Ruth Appleby Alis

Child & Family Therapist. Ruth is a UKCP registered Integrative Child Psychotherapist (MA) with a passion for using art and music in her work. She has worked therapeutically with children and their families for the last 10 years. Prior to joining the Child and Family team she worked as an Education Adviser for PAC-UK where she delivered trainings and consultations for schools, helping them to understand and support the needs of adoptive families.…Read More

Child & Family Therapist. Ruth is a UKCP registered Integrative Child Psychotherapist (MA) with a passion for using art and music in her work. She has worked therapeutically with children and their families for the last 10 years. Prior to joining the Child and Family team she worked as an Education Adviser for PAC-UK where she delivered trainings and consultations for schools, helping them to understand and support the needs of adoptive families. She is also a qualified yoga teacher specialising in yoga for special needs, PTSD and family yoga.

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Lisa Smith

Child & Family Therapist. Lisa presently works in two sessional roles, as a therapist working with adoptive families and as an adoption support worker in Doncaster. Lisa has a BA Hons in Social Work, a diploma in play therapy, a higher diploma in counselling and is an EMDR therapist to level 3 for adults and level 1 for children and adolescents.…Read More

Child & Family Therapist.

Lisa presently works in two sessional roles, as a therapist working with adoptive families and as an adoption support worker in Doncaster. Lisa has a BA Hons in Social Work, a diploma in play therapy, a higher diploma in counselling and is an EMDR therapist to level 3 for adults and level 1 for children and adolescents. For the last 20 years she has worked with adopted and looked after children and in fostering and adoption teams. Lisa has found a natural progression from social work into becoming a therapist.  In her work she has studied attachment therapy, trauma and dissociation. Lisa continues to feel passionately about the work she does and enjoys reading new material about ways of engaging children and building their relationships with their adopters.

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Sarah Lloyd

Child & Family Therapist. Sarah has worked with children, young people and their families in CAMHS since 1991. She worked in a specialist social work / CAHMS team with looked after and adopted children in Scotland between 2005 and 2013, until she moved to Leeds. Sarah is an occupational therapist and play therapist and is also trained and experienced in using story stem assessments, EMDR, Solihull groups with foster and adoptive carers and sensory integration.…Read More

Child & Family Therapist.

Sarah has worked with children, young people and their families in CAMHS since 1991. She worked in a specialist social work / CAHMS team with looked after and adopted children in Scotland between 2005 and 2013, until she moved to Leeds. Sarah is an occupational therapist and play therapist and is also trained and experienced in using story stem assessments, EMDR, Solihull groups with foster and adoptive carers and sensory integration. Sarah is particularly interested in working with younger children and their families using a neurodevelopmental approach. This takes into consideration the impact of missed early movement experiences/ abuse on the developing child and their capacity for self-regulation, bringing together research and understanding from the fields of sensory integration and trauma. For some children it can be useful to start with improving bodily awareness and regulation before moving onto the psychological work that may be needed to allow the child to process their early experiences in a way that allows them to make good use of the relationships and experiences available to them in their adoptive family.

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Caroline Smith

Child & Family Therapist. Caroline is an integrative counsellor based in Harrogate offering both long and short term counselling. She is experienced in working with many issues and offers both face-to-face and telephone counselling. Caroline specialises in the field of post-adoption, working with all parties in the adoption triangle: adoptees, adoptive parents, birth parents and siblings.…Read More

Child & Family Therapist.

Caroline is an integrative counsellor based in Harrogate offering both long and short term counselling. She is experienced in working with many issues and offers both face-to-face and telephone counselling. Caroline specialises in the field of post-adoption, working with all parties in the adoption triangle: adoptees, adoptive parents, birth parents and siblings. She also has many years’ experience providing intermediary services for adults separated from birth relatives by adoption. She hopes to be able to support clients in achieving greater understanding and a deeper sense of resolution of their own situation.

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Kim Webb

Child and Family Therapist. Kim’s role is as an adoption support worker across the spectrum of child and adult work including support to adoptive families, birth families, adolescent /adult adopted people, access to adoption records, search and intermediary services and advice line work. She also facilitates support groups and delivers training. She is a qualified social worker with many years’ experience working in the field of adoption and fostering. …Read More

Child and Family Therapist.

Kim’s role is as an adoption support worker across the spectrum of child and adult work including support to adoptive families, birth families, adolescent /adult adopted people, access to adoption records, search and intermediary services and advice line work. She also facilitates support groups and delivers training. She is a qualified social worker with many years’ experience working in the field of adoption and fostering. Kim has also completed EMDR, DDP and Theraplay training.

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Erika Mala

Child and Family Therapist. Erika is an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and Child Counsellor based in PAC-UK’s London office. As a therapist registered with UKCP, HCPC and BACP, Erika is experienced working with adults, children and teenagers from a variety of backgrounds and a wide range of settings including education, NHS and the voluntary sector.…Read More

Child and Family Therapist.

Erika is an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and Child Counsellor based in PAC-UK’s London office. As a therapist registered with UKCP, HCPC and BACP, Erika is experienced working with adults, children and teenagers from a variety of backgrounds and a wide range of settings including education, NHS and the voluntary sector. Erika trained in Social and Educational Care for Individuals with Sensory Impairments (SEN); Couples Work and Family Systemic Practice as well as  Theraplay® and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. She has led and delivered an Early Intervention Counselling Service for children and families in the London Borough of Redbridge.

 

 

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Anna Plagerson

Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist. Anna Plagerson is part of the Child and Family team at PAC- UK. She has worked with children, adolescents and families for over twenty years in a wide range of settings. After initially working with Adolescents with Learning and Emotional Difficulties , and  then training and working as an Early Years teacher, Anna gained an MSc from UCL and the Anna Freud Centre in “Developmental and Psychoanalytic Psychology”.  …Read More

Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist.

Anna Plagerson is part of the Child and Family team at PAC- UK. She has worked with children, adolescents and families for over twenty years in a wide range of settings. After initially working with Adolescents with Learning and Emotional Difficulties , and  then training and working as an Early Years teacher, Anna gained an MSc from UCL and the Anna Freud Centre in “Developmental and Psychoanalytic Psychology”.  Following this she completed the Clinical Training at the Anna Freud Centre  in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy while working in an Adolescent in- patient unit, and then  in Bexley CAMHS ( Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service). Here she worked in the Looked After Children’s Team, and then as part of a CAMHS Schools Outreach and Consultation Service.  She has also worked as part of the Anna Freud Centre’s School Outreach Service and is a full member of the ACP ( The Association of Child Psychotherapy).

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Veronique Faure

Child & Family Therapist. Veronique Faure studied and qualified in France as a Social Worker (HCPC Registered), and in the UK as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist (UKCP Registered). She also obtained a Diploma in Child Psychotherapeutic Skills, and a Diploma in Clinical Supervision and Consultancy. She works privately with adults, children and adolescents, and as part of the Child and Family team at PAC-UK.…Read More

Child & Family Therapist.

Veronique Faure studied and qualified in France as a Social Worker (HCPC Registered), and in the UK as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist (UKCP Registered). She also obtained a Diploma in Child Psychotherapeutic Skills, and a Diploma in Clinical Supervision and Consultancy. She works privately with adults, children and adolescents, and as part of the Child and Family team at PAC-UK.

She has 25+ years of multi-cultural inner-city professional experience, in the field of child protection, children in care and adoption. Amongst other things, she has managed a Residential and Outreach Family Assessment Centre; she has worked as a Court Expert in Family Proceedings, as a Child Protection Conference Chair and as an Independent Reviewing Officer; she also trained Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists for 7 years.

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Stuart Hannah

Child & Family Practice Manager. Stuart is an experienced Social Worker and Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist trained at the Tavistock Centre in London, and is now living and working in the Yorkshire and Humber region. He specialises in work with children who are looked after or adopted and their families and networks. He is also trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Video Interaction Guidance and Narrative Story Stems.…Read More

Child & Family Practice Manager.

Stuart is an experienced Social Worker and Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist trained at the Tavistock Centre in London, and is now living and working in the Yorkshire and Humber region. He specialises in work with children who are looked after or adopted and their families and networks. He is also trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Video Interaction Guidance and Narrative Story Stems. He likes to work collaboratively with families and multi-disciplinary colleagues, learning from experience and researching outcomes and the impact of interventions on people’s lives and experiences.

 

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Ingrid Ayling

Child & Family Therapist.  Ingrid has over 20 years' experience as a child care social worker, within safeguarding children services, looked-after children services and more recently within fostering and adoption. Previous to the post that Ingrid has held for the last 3 years, she worked as a Therapeutic Social Worker for 12 years within a team which supported children and families who had suffered with significant trauma and loss.…Read More

Child & Family Therapist. 
Ingrid has over 20 years’ experience as a child care social worker, within safeguarding children services, looked-after children services and more recently within fostering and adoption. Previous to the post that Ingrid has held for the last 3 years, she worked as a Therapeutic Social Worker for 12 years within a team which supported children and families who had suffered with significant trauma and loss.

In the last 3 years, Ingrid has worked primarily within fostering and adoption, and her role as a Life Story coordinator has been both a challenge and a joy, as she finds that supporting vulnerable children and young people in this area has become her passion. She also sits as an independent panel member for 2 local authority Adoption Panels.

Ingrid has developed and delivered significant training in the area of Life Story and tools to support it, and also delivers training on Attachment and Trauma to a variety of professionals.

She cares deeply about the “voice” of the young person, or to be more specific, the “voice” of the dis-empowered and particularly loves working with teenagers.

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Dorothy Hayward

Child & Family Therapist. Dorothy is an Art Therapist (HCPC registered). She has over eight years' experience working as an Art Therapist specialising in children and young people. She is an independent Art Therapist based in Manchester and Cheshire working with both children and adults and as part of the Child & Family team at PAC-UK.…Read More

Child & Family Therapist.

Dorothy is an Art Therapist (HCPC registered). She has over eight years’ experience working as an Art Therapist specialising in children and young people. She is an independent Art Therapist based in Manchester and Cheshire working with both children and adults and as part of the Child & Family team at PAC-UK. She is an integrative therapist selecting models and methods from different approaches to best suit the client and context.

 

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Sarah Huntington

Child & Family Therapist. Sarah is a BSc in Psychology and is registered as a graduate member with BPS. Sarah has been working with children and families on home-based play focused programmes for children with autism since 1998. She has worked extensively with looked after children for 10 years in various settings and has a special interest in Life Story Work exploring issues around identity and attachment.…Read More

Child & Family Therapist.

Sarah is a BSc in Psychology and is registered as a graduate member with BPS. Sarah has been working with children and families on home-based play focused programmes for children with autism since 1998. She has worked extensively with looked after children for 10 years in various settings and has a special interest in Life Story Work exploring issues around identity and attachment. Sarah has spent time with care leavers researching the importance of Life Story Work and wants to fill the gap in accessing good training and resources to aid those working with children in this area. Sarah delivers direct Life Story Work with children – she also holds a post 14 teaching qualification and delivers training courses she has written on Life Story Work within organisations such as Social Services. Sarah has created supportive resources for carers to help them work effectively with fostered and adopted children and she is also a member of her local services Fostering Panel. Sarah has experience of running participation services that engage the voice of the child, enabling children to be more empowered in decisions affecting their lives. Sarah regularly meets with groups of children and young people that have experience of fostering/ adoption and has a passion for listening and learning about how young people feel that the care system can be improved, and helping them campaign their ideas that evolve from these discussions for positive future change.

 

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Kate Fitzsimmons

Child & Family Therapist. Kate trained as an art psychotherapist at Sheffield University and has worked with children, young people and their families in an NHS CAMHS setting since 1998. She offers individual and dyadic art therapy, and has contributed to Family Therapy reflective teams in both CAMHS and adult settings. Prior to her work in the health service she worked as a lecturer within Further Education working with young adults with learning difficulties and it was this work which inspired her to train as an art therapist, having seen how hard it could be at times for disadvantaged groups to access verbal counselling supportRead More

Child & Family Therapist. Kate trained as an art psychotherapist at Sheffield University and has worked with children, young people and their families in an NHS CAMHS setting since 1998. She offers individual and dyadic art therapy, and has contributed to Family Therapy reflective teams in both CAMHS and adult settings.

Prior to her work in the health service she worked as a lecturer within Further Education working with young adults with learning difficulties and it was this work which inspired her to train as an art therapist, having seen how hard it could be at times for disadvantaged groups to access verbal counselling support

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Jo Mitchell

Head of Child and Family Service (Leeds). Jo is an experienced Therapeutic Social Worker, Adoption Manager and ASSA. Jo has also completed a three year Post Graduate in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and is an EMDR therapist to Level 4. Jo has completed further training in Developmental Dyadic Psychotherapy with Dan Hughes, Dissociation with the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, Theraplay Techniques and MIM (Marschak Interaction Method) assessments, Non Violent Resistance therapy and de-escalation techniques as well as training in London with PAC-UK as a Parent Adviser delivering the Enhancing Adoptive Parenting Programme.…Read More

Head of Child and Family Service (Leeds). Jo is an experienced Therapeutic Social Worker, Adoption Manager and ASSA. Jo has also completed a three year Post Graduate in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and is an EMDR therapist to Level 4. Jo has completed further training in Developmental Dyadic Psychotherapy with Dan Hughes, Dissociation with the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, Theraplay Techniques and MIM (Marschak Interaction Method) assessments, Non Violent Resistance therapy and de-escalation techniques as well as training in London with PAC-UK as a Parent Adviser delivering the Enhancing Adoptive Parenting Programme. Jo is a Qualified Practice Teacher and NQSW Mentor/Supervisor. Jo enjoys working collaboratively with parents and extending the support to include external and significant people important to the family. This has led to extensive work in schools where Jo has worked for several years with teaching and non-teaching staff to educate in attachment and developmental trauma theory as well as looking at creative ways to enhance the school experience for adopted children.

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Tanya Killick

AT-iD Project Worker & Child and Family Worker. Tanya Killick is the AT-iD (Adopted Teens Identity) project lead, running an innovative pilot project designed and led by teenage adoptees, aimed at building friendships & giving teens a space to be themselves. Tanya is passionate about enabling teenage adoptees to have a voice on the issues that matter to them, to improve understanding and the way we work and support people affected by adoption.…Read More

AT-iD Project Worker & Child and Family Worker.

Tanya Killick is the AT-iD (Adopted Teens Identity) project lead, running an innovative pilot project designed and led by teenage adoptees, aimed at building friendships & giving teens a space to be themselves. Tanya is passionate about enabling teenage adoptees to have a voice on the issues that matter to them, to improve understanding and the way we work and support people affected by adoption. Tanya is also a qualified social worker with a keen interest in therapeutic work and is trained in Developmental Dyadic psychotherapy (level one), Non violent resistance (level one), enhanced adoptive parenting and therapeutic life story work.  In addition Tanya sits as an independent member on an adoption panel for Barnardos.

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Gonce Ahmet

Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. Gonce is an integratively trained psychotherapist, providing both individual and family therapy. Prior to joining PAC-UK’s Child and Family Service, she worked as a therapist in schools and with looked after children for fostering agencies. Gonce has over 10 years’ experience working with children and families from a wide range of backgrounds and circumstances.…Read More

Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. Gonce is an integratively trained psychotherapist, providing both individual and family therapy. Prior to joining PAC-UK’s Child and Family Service, she worked as a therapist in schools and with looked after children for fostering agencies. Gonce has over 10 years’ experience working with children and families from a wide range of backgrounds and circumstances. She has spent time in a variety of settings including looked after children’s services, fostering and adoption support. One of her areas of expertise has been in coordinating and managing complex contact plans for children who have either been placed for adoption or are under a special guardianship arrangement.

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Wendy Daniel

Child & Family Therapist. Wendy has recently joined PAC-UK as a therapist in the Child & Family Team, having previously worked for 11 years for another organization offering therapeutic support to adopted and fostered children and their parents. Wendy has over 40 years’ experience in working with Children & Families, 33 of those specializing in the adoption field, and she is a qualified and accredited (HCPC) Social Worker.…Read More

Child & Family Therapist.

Wendy has recently joined PAC-UK as a therapist in the Child & Family Team, having previously worked for 11 years for another organization offering therapeutic support to adopted and fostered children and their parents. Wendy has over 40 years’ experience in working with Children & Families, 33 of those specializing in the adoption field, and she is a qualified and accredited (HCPC) Social Worker. She gained an MA in Professional Practice in Health & Social Care, with Adoption & Attachment as the primary focus of her research in practice. She holds another MA as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, and is registered with UKCP and HCPC. Wendy has a particular interest in the questions of whether siblings should be placed together or separately in adoption and how contact with birth families can be therapeutic rather than re-traumatizing for children. She has provided extensive training around the country on these issues.

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Fiona Goodwin-Lynch

Child & Family Therapist. I am an accredited (UKCP) Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor trained in a range of talking therapies with children, adolescents and young people. I have prior experience as a registered general nurse. For the last 5 years, I have worked as part of a child and family team in a large local organisation.…Read More

Child & Family Therapist. I am an accredited (UKCP) Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor trained in a range of talking therapies with children, adolescents and young people. I have prior experience as a registered general nurse. For the last 5 years, I have worked as part of a child and family team in a large local organisation. I worked within schools providing one-to-one counselling. I also worked with adolescents and young people offering one-to-one counselling. I now work in a school and provide individual counselling, group work and support for staff and parents.

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Liz Blakey

Child & Family Therapist. Liz is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, from 2009-2013,  Liz completed her training placement at the Centre for Trauma Resilience and Growth in Nottingham, where she worked therapeutically with a diverse range of clients, developing a special interest in early life trauma and resilience building. She has a core training in person-centred therapy, with experience of trauma-focussed methods and attachment theory.…Read More

Child & Family Therapist.

Liz is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, from 2009-2013,  Liz completed her training placement at the Centre for Trauma Resilience and Growth in Nottingham, where she worked therapeutically with a diverse range of clients, developing a special interest in early life trauma and resilience building. She has a core training in person-centred therapy, with experience of trauma-focussed methods and attachment theory. Liz has over 10 years experience of working in NHS mental health services, including several years working in a community based service for people with a diagnosis of personality disorder, she has also worked therapeutically with young people and families in a suicide and self harm prevention service. Liz also works as a freelance trainer, delivering sessions in Mental Health and Understanding Self Harm, predominantly in residential care settings and to adoptive parents and foster carers. Since 2014, Liz has been an independent member on a local authority adoption panel. Liz is passionate about capturing the experiences of adopted people and is currently undertaking an independent research project entitled ‘growing up adopted’ with support from The Open Nest charity.

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Kathleen Carroll

Child & Family Therapist. Kathleen is a qualified social work practitioner, registered with the HCPC. She is also a qualified counsellor and is working towards accreditation as a child and adolescent psychotherapist. She currently works as an independent social worker, therapist and freelance trainer throughout the UK. As a local authority social worker, Kathleen worked initially with adults and children in a physical disability team.…Read More

Child & Family Therapist.

Kathleen is a qualified social work practitioner, registered with the HCPC. She is also a qualified counsellor and is working towards accreditation as a child and adolescent psychotherapist. She currently works as an independent social worker, therapist and freelance trainer throughout the UK.

As a local authority social worker, Kathleen worked initially with adults and children in a physical disability team. She then specialised in children’s rights and advocacy, and worked directly with children and young people who were in care or who had a care history, ensuring that they had a voice in matters that affected them.

Kathleen has a keen interest in Attachment Theory, and the impact of early trauma in children’s lives. She is committed to developing her practice, particularly in these areas.

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Gaiena Stead

AT-iD Project Worker. AT-iD Project Worker with a background in youth work, working with looked after young people, adopted young people and their families within a local authority post-adoption support team. Gaiena has a Level 3 qualification in counselling skills.Read More

AT-iD Project Worker.

AT-iD Project Worker with a background in youth work, working with looked after young people, adopted young people and their families within a local authority post-adoption support team. Gaiena has a Level 3 qualification in counselling skills.

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Emma Green

Child & Family Therapist. Emma has recently joined PAC-UK in Leeds and is a BAAT and HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist. Previously and presently working with looked after and adopted young people, families and systemically with the wider network. She is interested in creativity, neuroscience and the effects of early relational trauma especially exploring sensory materials and creative expression for affect regulation within her work.…Read More

Child & Family Therapist.

Emma has recently joined PAC-UK in Leeds and is a BAAT and HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist. Previously and presently working with looked after and adopted young people, families and systemically with the wider network. She is interested in creativity, neuroscience and the effects of early relational trauma especially exploring sensory materials and creative expression for affect regulation within her work.

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Daniela Mandelli

Assessing Psychologist. Daniela has been working in the adoption and fostering field for the past 14 years providing comprehensive assessments of children through a range of standardised interviews, validated psychometric screening tests and clinical evaluation tools to assess cognitive functioning, development, behaviour, attachment, social and communication skills. She has gained extensive experience assessing prospective adopters and foster carers as part of their wider assessment, specifically aiming to look at strength and vulnerability factors, predict better matches and post placement support needs.…Read More

Assessing Psychologist. Daniela has been working in the adoption and fostering field for the past 14 years providing comprehensive assessments of children through a range of standardised interviews, validated psychometric screening tests and clinical evaluation tools to assess cognitive functioning, development, behaviour, attachment, social and communication skills. She has gained extensive experience assessing prospective adopters and foster carers as part of their wider assessment, specifically aiming to look at strength and vulnerability factors, predict better matches and post placement support needs. She has developed specialist skills assessing and supporting children who have been exposed to alcohol and drugs before birth and their families and evaluating the long-term consequences of prenatal substance misuse/ Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). She is also a Registered Intermediary for the Ministry of Justice, facilitating and evaluating communication skills of vulnerable witnessing going through police investigation and trial in order to help achieve best evidence.

 

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Graham Kennedy

Parent Consultant. Graham is an adoptive parent, and has worked as a trainer and therapist for over 20 years. He is a teacher and practitioner of Craniosacral therapy and has extensive experience in working with early life trauma. He is currently training as an Integrative Child Psychotherapist.Read More

Parent Consultant.

Graham is an adoptive parent, and has worked as a trainer and therapist for over 20 years. He is a teacher and practitioner of Craniosacral therapy and has extensive experience in working with early life trauma. He is currently training as an Integrative Child Psychotherapist.

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Catherine Tatman

Sessional Therapist. Catherine is an integrative Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist, with a background in youth and community work with marginalised groups. For over 10 years Catherine has specialised in working with individuals and families who have experienced significant trauma and loss: children and families who have experienced sexual exploitation or abuse, refugee/asylum seeking communities and children & young people in the looked after system.…Read More

Sessional Therapist.

Catherine is an integrative Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist, with a background in youth and community work with marginalised groups. For over 10 years Catherine has specialised in working with individuals and families who have experienced significant trauma and loss: children and families who have experienced sexual exploitation or abuse, refugee/asylum seeking communities and children & young people in the looked after system. Catherine has a special interest in early life, attachment and developmental trauma and integrates an understanding of interpersonal neurobiology, trauma and attachment theories with a creative, play-based approach to therapy with children, young people and families.

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Russell Dicks

Sessional Therapist. Russell is a UKCP accredited psychodynamic psychotherapist (UKCP). He has completed 2 years systemic family therapy training, is an accredited dyadic dynamic psychotherapist (DDP) and has trained in EMDR Level 3 adult and Level 1 children's work. He has worked as a therapist with adults, children and families for over 20 years.…Read More

Sessional Therapist.

Russell is a UKCP accredited psychodynamic psychotherapist (UKCP). He has completed 2 years systemic family therapy training, is an accredited dyadic dynamic psychotherapist (DDP) and has trained in EMDR Level 3 adult and Level 1 children’s work. He has worked as a therapist with adults, children and families for over 20 years. For the past 15 years he has specialised in working with looked after and adopted young people. He has worked within the health service, schools and social services as well as in private practice. He has a special interest in the impact of trauma on child development and in attachment based work with young people, parents and carers.

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Sonja Wilson

Sessional Therapist. Sonja is an experienced Social Worker currently registered with HCPC.  She has worked with children, young people and their families in an NHS CAMHS setting since 2008. For the past 3 years, Sonja has specialised in the therapeutic care of Looked After Children and have completed further training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy with Dan Hughes, Theraplay informed practice and MIM (Marshak Interaction Method) assessment.  …Read More

Sessional Therapist.

Sonja is an experienced Social Worker currently registered with HCPC.  She has worked with children, young people and their families in an NHS CAMHS setting since 2008. For the past 3 years, Sonja has specialised in the therapeutic care of Looked After Children and have completed further training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy with Dan Hughes, Theraplay informed practice and MIM (Marshak Interaction Method) assessment.  She is currently studying a Postgraduate Certificate in Interpersonal Psychotherapy with Adolescents through the Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme.

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Madeleine Bell

Child & Family Therapist. Maddy is a HCPC and BAAT registered Art Psychotherapist with an M.A in Art Psychotherapy Practice. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families using art to process and communicate difficult thoughts and feelings. Maddy has worked in a range of settings including: NHS child and adolescent services, several adult NHS acute settings, the mental health charity MIND, and primary schools.…Read More

Child & Family Therapist.

Maddy is a HCPC and BAAT registered Art Psychotherapist with an M.A in Art Psychotherapy Practice. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families using art to process and communicate difficult thoughts and feelings. Maddy has worked in a range of settings including: NHS child and adolescent services, several adult NHS acute settings, the mental health charity MIND, and primary schools.


Education Service

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Dr Emma Gore-Langton

Head of Education Service. Emma is an HCPC registered Educational Psychologist with experience of providing support in a range of educational settings. She also works for a local authority delivering consultations, assessments, interventions and training for children and young people, parents, school staff and professionals. Emma has a professional doctorate in Educational & Child Psychology from UCL and an MSc in Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.…Read More

Head of Education Service.

Emma is an HCPC registered Educational Psychologist with experience of providing support in a range of educational settings. She also works for a local authority delivering consultations, assessments, interventions and training for children and young people, parents, school staff and professionals. Emma has a professional doctorate in Educational & Child Psychology from UCL and an MSc in Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. Emma is PAC-UK’s Educational Psychologist and leads PAC-UK’s Education Service, including PAC’s innovative project work with London boroughs. She also offers telephone consultations on PAC-UK’s Education Advice Line, face to face consultations at outreach surgeries and bespoke work with schools.

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Helen Hoban

Education Practice Manager. Helen is an experienced teacher. Having completed a BA in drama and a post graduate teaching qualification she taught in secondary schools for seven years. Helen has worked across the field of education with pupils in secondary and primary as part of transition schemes and nurture groups, working with children with a wide range of abilities and needs.…Read More

Education Practice Manager. Helen is an experienced teacher. Having completed a BA in drama and a post graduate teaching qualification she taught in secondary schools for seven years. Helen has worked across the field of education with pupils in secondary and primary as part of transition schemes and nurture groups, working with children with a wide range of abilities and needs. Since joining PAC-UK in 2015 Helen has worked passionately as part of the education team to raise awareness of adoption based difficulties in education, and worked with schools and families to provide support and evidence based strategies to meet the needs of young people of permanence struggling in education.

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Rebecca Wilkins

Education Practice Manager. Rebecca has worked for more than seven years in primary and secondary education. Having gained her postgraduate teaching qualification in 2010, Rebecca gained a wealth of experience as a secondary school teacher in the North West. During this time she implemented transition and mentor schemes; was responsible for raising attainment throughout the school; led whole-school CPD and pastoral support for Key Stage 3.…Read More

Education Practice Manager.

Rebecca has worked for more than seven years in primary and secondary education. Having gained her postgraduate teaching qualification in 2010, Rebecca gained a wealth of experience as a secondary school teacher in the North West. During this time she implemented transition and mentor schemes; was responsible for raising attainment throughout the school; led whole-school CPD and pastoral support for Key Stage 3. Currently Rebecca works within PAC-UK’s Education Service delivering training and consultation to assist with the understanding of the effects of early trauma, loss and attachment difficulties on adopted and permanently placed children in school.

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Noelle Adames

Practice & Improvement Grant Coordinator. Noelle Adames has worked with families and individuals in a healing capacity for over twenty years. With a wide-ranging background as a Drama and Movement Therapist, Marriage and Family Therapist, Artist Educator, Project Manager and Professional Actress, Noelle combines a systemic approach to working with people with the creativity of storytelling, drama and movement. …Read More

Practice & Improvement Grant Coordinator. Noelle Adames has worked with families and individuals in a healing capacity for over twenty years. With a wide-ranging background as a Drama and Movement Therapist, Marriage and Family Therapist, Artist Educator, Project Manager and Professional Actress, Noelle combines a systemic approach to working with people with the creativity of storytelling, drama and movement. She has shared her expertise with such organisations as The State of California Foster Care Agency, George Mason University and Grief Encounter as well as various primary and secondary schools. She enjoys teaching ways to work from a strengths based approach and combines experiences from her many different lives with theory, in order to expand people’s techniques of working with those in need.

 

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Dorothy Johnson

Education & Wellbeing Worker. Dorothy has over 13 years' experience of supporting children at risk of exclusion in pupil referral units. Working closely with families, schools and support staff, Dorothy has helped to develop and implement strategies to support children and young people to stay in mainstream school. A qualified counsellor and member of BACP, Dorothy is trained in Filial coaching, Theraplay Level 1, Group Theraplay and the Incredible Years Parenting Programme and has a range of experience working with parents and carers to help them better understand attachment, trauma and loss.…Read More

Education & Wellbeing Worker.

Dorothy has over 13 years’ experience of supporting children at risk of exclusion in pupil referral units. Working closely with families, schools and support staff, Dorothy has helped to develop and implement strategies to support children and young people to stay in mainstream school.

A qualified counsellor and member of BACP, Dorothy is trained in Filial coaching, Theraplay Level 1, Group Theraplay and the Incredible Years Parenting Programme and has a range of experience working with parents and carers to help them better understand attachment, trauma and loss.

 

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Hannah Easton

Education & Wellbeing Worker. Hannah is a BACP accredited therapist. Hannah is an Integrative Practitioner with core training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and her previous roles include working as a Youth Counsellor. Hannah also has experience of writing and delivering 1:1 and group work therapeutic programmes to children and young people.Read More

Education & Wellbeing Worker.

Hannah is a BACP accredited therapist. Hannah is an Integrative Practitioner with core training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and her previous roles include working as a Youth Counsellor. Hannah also has experience of writing and delivering 1:1 and group work therapeutic programmes to children and young people.

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Clare Edmondson

Adoption & Special Guardianship Education Consultant. Clare has over 12 years’ experience of teaching and supporting children in a variety of educational settings including; pupil referral units, autistic schools and mental health units. During this time, she has developed whole school staff training programs (focussing on working with challenging pupils) and has also implemented pastoral support programs for pupils in need.…Read More

Adoption & Special Guardianship Education Consultant. Clare has over 12 years’ experience of teaching and supporting children in a variety of educational settings including; pupil referral units, autistic schools and mental health units. During this time, she has developed whole school staff training programs (focussing on working with challenging pupils) and has also implemented pastoral support programs for pupils in need. Currently, Clare runs a range of whole school CPD courses that assist schools in dealing with challenging behaviour. Clare works with PAC-UK’s Education Service to aid schools in their support of children that face trauma, loss and attachment challenges.

 

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Laura Clark

Adoption & Special Guardianship Education Consultant. Laura is an experienced primary school teacher based in the North East of England. During her time teaching, she supported a wide range of children in improving their attainment and progress and implemented a whole school approach to the 2014 National Curriculum changes. In 2016, Laura achieved an Med in Education with a focus on the needs of adopted families and the roles schools play in supporting them.…Read More

Adoption & Special Guardianship Education Consultant. Laura is an experienced primary school teacher based in the North East of England. During her time teaching, she supported a wide range of children in improving their attainment and progress and implemented a whole school approach to the 2014 National Curriculum changes. In 2016, Laura achieved an Med in Education with a focus on the needs of adopted families and the roles schools play in supporting them. Within school, she supported children with their transition to secondary school and was the student teacher mentor.