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I am the Specialist Clinical Work Focused Practitioner within the Add | Wellbeing team and undertake various other roles at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. I enjoy working in this creative role, being part of the design development and the delivery of trainings, courses, workshops, consultation and content writing for the service. As a clinician in the team, I work closely with the Clinical Lead and Operations and Development Manager to ensure we are supporting our clients’ needs. Together with the Project Communications Support and Relationship Manager, we share our mental health expertise and experience through blogs and other content on digital media. A mental health nurse by professional background, I have worked for over 20 years across Adult and Child & Adolescent mental health. Working in teams and with families, I have developed a clinical understanding of dynamics that are present and their impact on the individual and collective roles we may take on.
I am also an artist and trainee Art Psychotherapist and interested in the symbolic nature of art making and its use in reparative work and support in post-traumatic growth. I have spoken at public events about my own experiences of mental health, in relation to stress, and am passionate about the work of Add | Wellbeing and our aim to bring mental health expertise to all sectors of business.
My role as Relationship Manager for Add | Wellbeing involves getting out and spreading the word about Add | Wellbeing to businesses, co-ordinating the steps of the journey for clients and our clinical experts and being the ongoing support to clients – essentially being at the end of the line for anything that comes up.
I come from an Arts background, through which I gained extensive project management and business development experience. A key achievement was being the director of a regional Arts Centre for five years. Vocationally, my interest started to move towards mental health and I trained as a counsellor – and now run a small private practice – and moved to working as strategic project manager at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. With personal experience of having a work-related stress breakdown, I am particularly interested in workplace mental health issues, which naturally led me to Add | Wellbeing.
I am the Clinical Lead for the Add | Wellbeing team – so I am involved in all aspects of direct work with clients as well as leading on the ongoing development and refinement of our assessment, training and consultation products and processes. Now a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, I have worked in residential social work and NHS mental health services since the 1990s as a clinician, manager, trainer and organisational consultant. I feel strongly about the need to demystify the language we use around mental health and working relationships, and the difference open communication can make to our experience of and contribution to the workplace.
My original training as an orchestral musician taught me about the amazing things that groups and organisations can do together – and where we can go wrong. So I really enjoy connecting with people at all levels of organisational life to support psychological capacity, skills and understanding.