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.
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.
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. Jim and his wife are well-known speakers and trainers in adoptive parenting.
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.
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.
Trustee. Viv has over 30 years’ experience working in the corporate, commercial world, both in the field of marketing management and as Managing Director of 2 businesses. She now works as a part-time marketing director, helping to grow small to medium businesses. Along with her husband, Viv is a parent to two adopted children, who are now in their teens.
David Holmes CBE
Chief Executive. David has been CEO of Family Action since 2013 and was previously CEO of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering from 2006-2013. David has worked in health and social care since 1995, has been a Senior Civil Servant in two Government departments (Health and Education) and a Chief Officer Children’s Services in local government. David started his career as a solicitor in the City of London and currently Chairs two other charities – Children England and Naomi House. David was awarded a CBE for Services to Children and Families in the New Year Honours 2014 and won Chief Executive of the Year at the HR Distinction Awards 2016. David is supported by the Family Action Executive Group, comprising of Funke Fatunla (Director of Finance), Ricardo Gomes Da Silva (General Counsel and Director of Systems), Helen Cantrell (Director of Services and Innovation) and Anja Bailey (Director of Development and External Affairs).
Director of Service Delivery
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.
Interim Finance Director. Tina is an experienced and highly motivated Finance Director with a particular interest and skill in helping managers make sense of, analyse and utilise financial information in a commercial environment. She has over 30 years’ experience of working with a variety of organisations across a broad range of sectors including Management Consultants, an international postproduction TV group, a joint venture new media company comprising dedicated TV channels and interactive website, as well as running her own financial consultancy business providing financial and management services to a number of small and medium sized businesses.
Advice Line and Adult Services
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Outreach Counsellor. Arnoldus is an integrative psychotherapist who trained at Metanoia Institute. He has a background in nursing, social work and education. He has been involved with PAC-UK (formerly Post-Adoption Centre) as a counsellor since 1994 as well as having filled other tasks, such as advice line and outreach co-ordinator, group work facilitator and clinical supervisor. Arnoldus’s interests lie in child development, attachment and relationships and he uses relevant theories to help guide clients through their material to hopefully find resolve, in a psychodynamic way. Currently Arnoldus sees clients in PAC-UK’s London office on Mondays. He provides services in the outreach service in West Sussex (Haywards Heath), Essex (Basildon and Colchester) and in Newham.
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.
Outreach Counsellor. Monica currently works as a freelance social worker and an Attachment based Psychotherapist. Prior to this Monica worked as the Director of the Post-Adoption Centre. Over the last ten years she has 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.
Monica has presented at various workshops and seminars on Adoption issues and for the last ten years taught the Race, Class and Culture seminars at The Bowlby Centre. She has also facilitated a number of Webster Stratton training courses for adoptive parents.
In addition, Monica works 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. She is also a Independent member of a Local Authority Adoption and Permanency Panel.
As a UKCP registered Psychotherapist Monica receives regular supervision and maintains regular post qualifying training and professional development.
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. …Read More
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Practice Manager. Judith is a social worker; trainer and qualified counsellor. She has specialised in post-adoption since 2005 and has worked directly with all those involved in or affected by adoption and other forms of permanency. Judith has also worked in Education and with children affected by parental substance misuse. She is very interested in the impact of early trauma on childrens’ development. Judith has worked as a Post Adoption Manager for the last five years.
Sessional Parent Adviser. Adrian is an adoptive parent who delivers PAC-UK’s Enhancing Adoptive Parenting (EAP) and Raising Kinship Care (RKC) programmes. He is also training to be an Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and currently works in primary and secondary schools as a counsellor.
Child and Family Service
Head of Child & 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.
Practice Manager – Child & Family Service (London). Sue is an integrative Child Psychotherapist registered with UKCP, a registered social worker, an NVR practitioner registered with NVR-UK, an EFT practitioner (Emotional Freedom Technique) and a former Guardian ad Litem. She has worked in the field of fostering and adoption for over 35 years and continues to train parents and professionals. 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®, and is currently working towards her accreditation as a practitioner of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) and also as a practitioner of Dan Hughes’ Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Sue has an MA in Integrative Child Psychotherapy, a Pg. Dip in Drama Therapy, a BA in Applied Social Studies and a CQSW. Sue has a special interest in helping families deal with the impact of trauma on their daily lives.
Child & 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.
Child & Family Therapist. Roz has been part of the Child & Family team at PAC-UK for 8 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 15 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).
Child & 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.
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. She is also a qualified yoga teacher specialising in yoga for special needs, PTSD and family yoga.
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).
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.
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.
Child & Family Therapist. Sarah Huntington has a degree in Psychology and an extensive background in working with young people in the looked after system and has specialised in working with groups and individuals who have experienced significant trauma and loss. Sarah has delivered play therapy with children and families since 1998 predominately with children who are fostered and adopted displaying emotional difficulties in their placements. Sarah is a registered graduate member of the British Psychological Society she also holds a post 14 teaching qualification and has written bespoke courses on Life Story Work. She has completed a Level 3 in Counselling, Level One training in Non-Violence Resistance (NVR) and the Enhancing Adoptive Parenting Programme. Sarah is currently studying a MA in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies at NSCAP.
Regional Manager North. 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.
Integrative Child & 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.
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.
Adopteens Project Worker.
Adopteens 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.
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.
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.
Child & Family Therapist. Charlene is a PTUK qualified Play Therapist and has a professional registration with BACP. Charlene has worked with children and young people for 20 years. Some of this time was spent helping primary aged children break down barriers to learning within an educational context. This consisted of delivering sessions to groups of young people to help tackle difficulties such as self esteem, confidence, bullying and friendship. She has spent a number of years working with Looked After Children who display extremely challenging behaviour and experience social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Charlene currently works as a play therapist, supporting children/young people improve their mental health and wellbeing and also supports families and schools who need advice about difficulties experienced by their pupils.
Practice Manager. Catherine first gained interest in the field of fostering and adoption whilst working as a Legal Officer in the Children and Vulnerable Adults Department at City of York Council. She gained a Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills, and went on to become an adoptive parent herself. She frequently talks about her experiences with adoption at open evenings and has written for Adoption UK.
Sessional Child & Family Therapist. Darit is a PTUK Certified Play Therapist who trained at Leeds Beckett University. She also trained in Animal Assisted Therapy at David Yalin College in Jerusalem. Previous to this, Darit worked as a special needs teacher in both mainstream and special needs schools at primary and secondary levels in Israel and England. Darit has 20 years of experience working as a therapist in a variety of settings (schools, children centres, domestic violence refuges and charities) with children who have social, emotional and behavioral difficulties. Currently, Darit works in a cancer care charity with children whose parents are either ill or passed away from cancer and also works privately with children and adolescents (and as part of the Child & Family Service at PAC-UK).
Adopteens Project Worker. Sara has worked within adoption roles for the last 13 years and has spent some time working in fostering. In addition to her Adopteens Project Worker role, Sara also works part time for a local authority adoption service where some of her duties include writing life stories, accessing adoption files for adopted adults, running support groups and activities for children and families! Sara also does DVD work, spending time with children in foster care who have a care plan of adoption. Sara loves working with children, young people and families and thinks the most rewarding side of support groups is seeing the peer to peer support that happens so naturally.
Child & Family Therapist. Kerry is a ACP registered Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and has worked with children, young people and families for the past 17 years. For the past 5 years Kerry has worked in a NHS CAMHS Inpatient Tier 4 service and the community CAMHS service. Much of this work has been with looked after children and their families. The work has involved intensive state of mind assessments that can help gain a deeper understanding about a child’s internal world. This can develop a deeper understanding of how the child relates to another and why they may behave in a particular way.
Child & Family Therapist. Elaine is a BAPT registered Play Therapist, with a background in Mental Health Nursing. She has worked extensively in both Adult and Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services including Psychosis Services, Criminal Justice and Youth Offending Teams and Drug and Alcohol Services. Elaine works as an independent play therapist and as a Parent-Infant Partnership Therapist for the NEWPIP Service, based in the North-East of England.
Child & Family Therapist. Gillian is a HCPC and BAAT registered Art Psychotherapist. She qualified in 2011 and has since worked with adults, children and adolescents in a variety of contexts. Gillian has experience of working with looked after children and adolescents prior to working for PAC-UK, and worked with looked after children and adolescents in a therapeutic setting before qualifying as a therapist.
Child & Family Therapist. Carolyn is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist with her core training in Transactional Analysis. Carolyn is a registered member of the UKCP. She uses a range of approaches and theories, and creative methods in an integrative way to ensure that the client’s individual needs are met. She has specialist experience in working with clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This developed firstly as a family member, then as a Specialist Teacher. She retrained as a psychotherapist with the view to helping meet the mental health needs of people living with ASDs. Since qualifying she has established her work in schools for pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Needs.
Child & Family Practice Manager. Ania is a qualified Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist (ACP registered) and has many years of experience of working with young people and their families in a wide range of contexts, including NHS CAMHS, social enterprise and more recently in independent practice. Before embarking on training in Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Ania had a long career as a specialist genetic counsellor in Clinical Genetics, working with individuals and families either affected or at risk of having children with inherited conditions.
Sessional Child & Family Therapist. Rita is a Systemic Family Psychotherapist registered with UKCP, as both a therapist and supervisor. She originally trained as a social worker and has 10 years experience in adoption and fostering. For the past 25 years or so Rita has worked in CAMHS both as a therapist, supervisor and manager. She has a special interest in working with those who are trying to resolve their traumatic experiences. She is an Accredited Practitioner of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) and is working towards consultancy. Rita is now working in Private Practice with adults and young people. She is also a Professional Advisor to Young Minds. She has an MSc in Systemic Family Psychotherapy, an advanced Diploma in the Supervision of Systemic Psychotherapists, a CQSW and Diploma in Applied Social Studies.
Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist. Luke is a qualified Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist registered with the ACP and BACP, with fourteen years’ experience of working with young people and families in a range of settings and contexts. After working as a teacher Luke completed an MSc in Counselling Psychology, working therapeutically with both adults and children, predominantly in educational settings. He later completed clinical psychoanalytic training at the Northern School of Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy (NSCAP) in Leeds and worked in a multi-disciplinary NHS CAMHS team. Alongside his work with PAC-UK Luke is a tutor on the Masters in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies course at NSCAP, and also works as a therapist in a secondary school.
Sessional Child & Family Therapist. Charlotte Burton is a Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist who trained at the Northern School for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (NSCAP) affiliated to the Tavistock and Portman Clinic. Charlotte’s qualifications include a degree in Psychology and Counselling from the University of Surrey, a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from Regent’s College and a Psychodynamic Diploma in Supervision from the Westminster Pastoral Foundation. Prior to completing the clinical training at NSCAP, Charlotte worked as a Psychodynamic counsellor (Senior Accredited with the BACP) and supervisor for 19 years in various youth counselling advice and support services in deprived inner city areas in London, Leeds and Rotherham. Charlotte has a particular interest in working with children and young people who are looked after or adopted. She currently works as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in Islington CAMHS and sessionally at PAC-UK. She is a full member of the ACP.
Child & Family Therapist. Joanna is an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, MA UKCP Registered who trained at the Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education. She has a Diploma in Supervision, is certified in Child Therapeutic Skills and is DDP Informed (Level One). For the past 10 years Joanna has been managing a multi-disciplinary Child & Family team at Young Oasis, which is part of the Brighton Oasis Project. Young Oasis supports infants, children, young people and parent/carers affected by familial drug or alcohol misuse. Joanna has worked for the past 15 years in a range of settings in both statutory and voluntary services. Joanna is a member of the Well-Being faculty at the Institute of Arts in Therapy & Education and a tutor at the NAOS Institute. Before training as a Psychotherapist, she studied Fine Art (BA Hons) and is an artist led practitioner. Most recently Joanna has been the clinical lead for a project called the Art of Attachment, a project that went into depth to consider attachment relationships using the arts.
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.
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.
Sessional Education Case Worker. 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.
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.
Sessional Education Case Worker. With a BA in Drama in Education and Society, Brenna is passionate about teaching using a creative approach. She is experienced in offering professional support and advice to families, school staff, and other professionals to aid their understanding of those in need, as well as facilitating bespoke support services for schools following critical incidents.
Brenna also has an MA in Drama and Movement Therapy and is an HCPC registered therapist with experience working closely with schools developing plans and conducting therapy within mainstream and special education. Brenna also has experience working within NHS psychiatric settings, as well as the charity sector. Particular areas of specialism include working with people on the autistic spectrum and working with bereavement.
Past work also includes coordinating robust clinical programmes, managing teams of clinicians and volunteers, and teaching history and dramatic arts seminars for university students.
Sessional Education Worker (Therapeutic). Andrew is a Drama and Movement Therapist experienced in providing dramatherapy to children and families and providing training and reflection-groups for schools. Andrew also works in private practice and is Director of The Drama Therapy Space and Course Director on the MSc in The Psychodynamics of Human Development at Birkbeck University of London.