Dawn has engaged in various therapy trainings including psychodynamic, Jungian, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (BPF, SAP, Birkbeck & Anna Freud Centre) and Schema, DBT & Compassion informed CBT (University of East London & Reading University) and creative arts / play therapy. She works partly in the NHS as a psychotherapist and supervisor with adults with complex trauma and serious mental illness. Her supervisor training was with The Maudsley and BPF.
Dawn has over fifteen years NHS therapy experience with adults in a broad range of settings. She has provided therapy to children, adolescents and families for over eight years. This has involved working for NHS CAMHs services, in schools, a youth counselling service and in private practice.
Dawn’s areas of expertise are in working with families impacted by fostering and adoption, relationship difficulties, eating disorders; those who self-harm; those at risk of suicide; those who have been physically, emotionally and/or sexually abused as well as those suffering from anxiety and depression. She has an interest in matching career and educational choices with strengths and interests. She finds it important to incorporate the meaning and impact of clients’ resilience, giftedness, strengths and creativity within her therapy work. She also works with difficulties such as ADHD & autism.
Dawn has taught and lectured on a range of mental health topics. She is currently carrying out independent research in the area of therapeutic work with mothers whose children have been repeatedly forcibly removed.