Donnette has previous extensive clinical experience working within the NHS child, adolescent and family mental health service in addition to her work at The Child and Family Practice.
Donnette is a specialist psychotherapist who works with young children, adolescents, young adults and parents. She covers a range of emotional, psychological, behavioural and neurodevelopmental difficulties. Conducting short-term and long-term individual psychanalytic psychotherapy and parent guidance. Donnette consults to schools, colleagues from various professional disciplines, professional organisations such as social services, education and G.Ps.
Donnette has special interests in ethnic diversity and cultural differences which she believes contributes to her understanding of the individual, of parent-infant relationships, of attachment difficulties and the emotional life of the child.
Donnette is a member of the multi-disciplinary team and participates in the assessment and treatment of children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD, ADD and Autistic Spectrum Disorders. This includes performing complex emotional wellbeing assessments, specialist parent guidance sessions and she helps parents with behavioural management of their children who have been diagnosed with these conditions.
Donnette leads the therapeutic team consisting of Child & Adolescent Psychotherapists and Systemic Psychotherapists, allocating cases as clinically appropriate. She also advises and assists colleagues in managing complex situations.
Donnette manages the referral triage process for all the professionals at the practice dealing with young children, adolescents and young adults. She speaks with referrers, both parents and other professionals in order to determine the appropriate pathway/professional to address each referral.