I am a partner at the Family Separation Clinic. I have worked with families experiencing divorce or separation since 1999 and joined the Family Separation Clinic in 2010, having previously worked at the Centre for Separated Families. I focus on working directly with separating families and supporting the whole family to manage change in ways that provide the best outcomes for children. I specialise in working in cases where children are, or at risk of, rejecting a relationship with one of their parents, often referred to as parental alienation.
I am a therapeutic mediator, accredited by the School of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology Regents University, a member of the Academy for Professional Family Mediators and hold a Certificate in Humanistic & Psychodynamic Counselling from Goldsmiths, University of London. I am currently studying for an MA in psychodynamic, psychoanalytic and relational psychoanalytic Counselling, also at Goldsmiths, University of London. I have also 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 for the Centre for Social Justice.
I deliver specialist work to parents where children have rejected or are at risk of rejecting a relationship with one of their parents and provide reports to court in cases of high conflict family separation and where children are rejecting a relationship with one of their parents. I offer parenting co-ordination and psychoeducation to help parents and their children adjust to the transitions that accompany separation. I also deliver therapeutic mediation, conciliation and dispute resolution services to families experiencing divorce or separation.
I am a member of the Academy for Professional Family Mediators a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, an interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict and, until recently, was a member of the Centre for Social Justice's Working Group on Family Breakdown.
I am the co-author of Parental alienation: Learning to cope, helping to heal (Charles C Thomas, 2017), The Guide for Separated Parents: Putting your children first (Piatkus, 2007), Gary Bailey’s Divorce for dads: Making the best choices for your kids (Two Dogs, 2010), and Fully Committed? How government could reverse family breakdown (Centre for Social Justice, 2014). I am a writer of parenting information, articles and training for, amongst others, the Department for Education, the Department for Work and Pensions, Nursery World, Parliamentary Brief, Early Years Educator and the UK government's Child Maintenance Options service. I have provided oral evidence to House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee on both child maintenance reform and the Welfare Reform Bill.
In addition, I have delivered training on children’s post separation rejecting positions and parental alienation to statutory Guardian Ad Litem service in the Republic of Ireland and Zagreb Child Protection Service in Croatia. I have also provided training for, amongst others, the Judicial Studies Board, The Centre for Child Mental Health, the Australian Family Relationship Centres programme, the Child Maintenance Executive, the Child Maintenance Options service, the Department for Education and the Department of Social Development (NI).