Fiona has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. Fiona has had the privilege of working with children, young people, and their families, for over 10 years in varied roles across the voluntary sector, social care, and NHS.
Fiona has experience of working therapeutically across the lifespan but specialises in working with children and young people who have difficulties with anxiety, worry, low mood, or behavioural concerns. Fiona also has experience of supporting children and young people with mental health difficulties and additional needs such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning disability, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as well as children and young people looked after by the Local Authority or who have been adopted. As well as working at Therapy4Kids, Fiona works in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) for a London NHS Trust. In her NHS role, Fiona supports the team by carrying out ADHD assessments.
Fiona’s work is informed by evidence based practice and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidelines. This enables her to deliver best practice interventions. Fiona draws on a range of therapeutic models which include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), motivational interviewing, and systemic therapy. Fiona believes in utilising humour (where appropriate) and building rapport to help children and their parents feel as comfortable and understood as possible. Fiona believes in the importance of including parents and carers in therapy in order to gain new knowledge, understanding, and skills, to support their child’s journey.
Fiona is particularly interested in developmental trauma and attachment and is soon to complete her Storystem Assessment training at the Anna Freud Centre. This will enable more in-depth exploration of a child’s attachment behaviour and relationships with the aim of informing therapy.
Fiona is passionate about promoting the emotional wellbeing of healthcare professionals so they are able to provide compassionate care and best practice to their work. Staff wellbeing was the focus of her doctoral thesis which was shortlisted for The Lavender Award for Research that Makes a Difference. Fiona is in the process of writing this up for publication in an academic journal.