I currently practice therapeutic mediation and dispute resolution at the Family Separation Clinic and, until recently, worked on policy and development at the Centre for Separated Families, a national charity that uses whole family interventions to support parents in bringing about better outcomes for their children after divorce or separation.
I am a BBC Online parenting expert and the co-author of The Guide for Separated Parents (Piatkus 2007) with my colleague and wife, Karen, and Divorce for Dads (Two Dogs 2010) written with former Manchester United and England goalkeeper, Gary Bailey. I have also written parenting information and articles for, amongst others, Parliamentary Brief, Early Years Educator, the UK government's Child Maintenance Options service and the Separated Dad's Guide.
I have recently provided policy responses to the Family Justice Review and the reform of child maintenance and have given oral evidence to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee on both child maintenance reform and the Welfare Reform Bill.
I am currently a member of the Centre for Social Justice's Working Group on Family Breakdown which is considering family stability, community level family breakdown, including father involvement, and intense family breakdown, including specialist intervention for complex families and the role of extended families. I also contribute to the work of the Royal College of General Practitioners Domestic Violence Stakeholder Group.
I work directly with families and also design and deliver training to other professionals working with family separation. I am an ADR Mediator, accredited by School of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology, and sit on the International Committee of the Academy for Professional Family Mediators.
At its worst, depression can be a frightening, debilitating condition. Millions of people around the world live with depression. Many of these individuals and their families are afraid to talk about their struggles, and don't know where to turn for help. However, depression is largely preventable and treatable. Recognizing depression and seeking help is the first and most critical towards recovery.
In collaboration with WHO to mark World Mental Health Day, writer and illustrator Matthew Johnstone tells the story of overcoming the "black dog of depression".