I am a psychotherapist and hold a Masters degree from the University of London in psychodynamic, psychoanalytic and relational psychoanalytic counselling. I am also a therapeutic mediator, accredited by the School of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology, Regents University London. I have worked directly with separating families since 1999 and specialise in working in cases where children have, or at risk of, rejecting a relationship with one of their parents, implacable hostility and the relational dynamic often referred to as parental alienation. I work in the family courts of England & Wales where I am instructed as a court appointed expert under Part 25 FPR to assist the court in understanding the dynamics that may be leading to a child rejecting or refusing a relationship with one of their parents.
I co-founded and remain a partner at the Family Separation Clinic, having previously worked at the Centre for Separated Families supporting families to manage change in ways that provide the best outcomes for children. In addition, I have worked on family separation policy and service design, delivering projects for the Department for Work and Pensions and Department for Education and developing policy initiatives with the Centre for Social Justice.
I write about family separation and co-authored Understanding parental alienation: Learning to cope, helping to heal (Charles C Thomas, 2017) and The guide for separated parents: Putting children first (Piatkus, 2007) with my colleague, Karen Woodall, and written Divorce for Dads: Making the right choices for your kids (Two Dogs (2010) with former Manchester United and England goalkeeper, Gary Bailey.