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Meet the Assessment & Therapy Team

 

 Richard Cross

Richard Cross

Qualifications: UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Child Psychotherapist., BSc Hons (Psychology)., DHP., Adv Dip SMT., PQD Counselling Children and Young People., Certificate in Child Clinical Assessment.

Job Role: Head of Assessment & Therapy

Main areas of interest & expertise: Richard has worked with children and young people for over 29 years who have experienced significant adversity. He has focused on developing innovative approaches to address complex needs such as bringing the first trauma-informed approach to the UK in 2006. He is a member of the ISSTD psychotherapy training program facility and a trustee of various organisations such as the Bowlby Centre, London. He is currently focusing on developing integrated therapeutic approaches such as the ATIC model for Five Rivers which incorporates understanding around attachment, trauma, and dissociation.


Claire Friday

Claire Friday

Qualifications: UKCP registered MSc in Psychotherapy, Diploma in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Diploma in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling, and have a Diploma in Adult Psychotherapeutic Counselling.

Job Role: Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Main areas of interest & expertise: Before training as a psychotherapist Claire worked for over 10 years in the adoption field and has worked with various charities supporting both children and adults. More recently Claire has worked as a psychotherapist with adults within an Enhanced Primary Care team in an NHS setting


Katharine Anderson

Katharine Anderson

Qualifications: MPsych (Hons) Advanced Psychology, Postgraduate Certificate in the Therapeutic Arts

Job Role: Referrals and Research Coordinator

Main areas of interest & expertise: I have an invested interest in supporting people who are experiencing or have experienced difficulty and adversity. Since completing my integrated master’s degree, I have aspired to work with people. In my current role, I support behind the scenes, reviewing referrals for children and young people, considering their needs, difficulties, and how we can best support them should they enter our care. Additionally, I work in research, collaborating with partners at UCL on varying projects to inform, improve and highlight the work we do at Five Rivers. Alongside my current role, I am presently undertaking a Masters in Integrative Child Psychotherapy. I have a particular interest in how the arts can be used therapeutically to help process feelings and emotions, reduce stress, discomfort, and anxiety, and how they can help to facilitate the recovery from adversity or trauma.


 

Connie Sweeney

Connie Sweeney

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology, Doctorate in Counselling Psychology

Job Role: Counselling Psychologist

Main areas of interest & expertise: Before this role, I worked with adults who had experienced childhood trauma, and I saw the impact these adverse childhood events had on their well-being in their day to day life. As a result, I am particularly interested in working with young people who are experiencing or have experienced adversity in childhood; my aim is to mitigate or reduce their trauma before it impacts their adolescent and adult life. I use a child centred approach with play therapy to help reduce their stress and anxiety, process their emotions and empower them in their trauma recovery process.


Alison Hodgetts

Dr Alison Hodgetts

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Applied psychology, DClinPsy Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist, Level 1 and Level 2 in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)

Job Role: Clinical Psychologist

Main areas of interest & expertise: I graduated as a Clinical Psychologist in 2005 and have primarily worked with children and young people and their families. Since qualifying my interests in Attachment Theory and Developmental Trauma have grown, and whilst working with an independent psychological practice in the South West, I was fortunate enough to complete my Level 1 and Level 2 in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). From 2017 I have been providing consultation, training, and supervision for the Fostering Teams within Devon and Cornwall, as well as contributing to the assessment process for the children placed with Five Rivers. As of 2019 I have been working as the Deputy Lead for the Assessment and Therapy team. I have experience of providing assessments and presenting evidence in Court for families in Child Care Proceedings.


Pete Russell

Qualifications: Art Psychotherapy M.A. PG Dip B.A. Hons, Systemic Family Therapy PG Dip PG Cert

Job Role: Psychotherapist

Main areas of interest & expertise: My strengths are working directly with children and carers, I have a toolbox that looks like EMDR – Mindfulness – Art Therapy – Systemic thinking and Counselling. I draw upon my training and experience of over twenty years working with Looked After Children and Carers.  I am very creative and I am a practicing Artist and also practice mindfulness in my free-time.


Jade Ark

Jade Ark

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Psychology; Doctorate in clinical psychology (D.Clin.Psy)

Job Role: Clinical Psychologist

Main areas of interest & expertise: I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 2013 and have worked with children, young people and families for over 10 years. During this time, my interest in learning more about the multiple impacts of developmental and complex trauma has grown and I am passionate about sharing this understanding through the work that I do with others. I draw on a range of approaches to support my work and I particularly value the role that creative and community approaches can play in this area.


Hannah Wilcox

Hannah Wilcox

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Psychology and Doctorate Clinical Psychology (DClin Psych)

Job Role: Clinical Psychologist

Main areas of interest & expertise: I have been working in mental health settings for over ten years and have developed particular skills and interests in working with complexity and developmental trauma. I have always been drawn to working with young people and families in particular, as I love the opportunities for creativity and playfulness that comes with this type of work. I am passionate about ensuring that helping organisations are attachment and trauma-informed at all levels, so I really enjoy my role supporting foster carers, social workers and managers in the South and South East. I also work one day a week with one of our residential homes, which gives me a chance to focus in-depth on the wellbeing of a single young person in placement.


Laura Garnett

Laura Garnett

Qualifications: Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, BSc Forensic Psychology

Job Role: Counselling Psychologist

Main areas of interest and expertise: Before joining the Five Rivers team I worked in a range of settings including the NHS, schools and the third sector and have a broad range of experience in terms of client groups and presentations, however, I have always had a particular interest in working with developmental trauma and in particular dissociation. Prior to starting my current role I worked primarily with adults and saw the lifelong impact adverse childhood experiences could have. I wanted to be able to intervene earlier to support children and young people to work through and recover from trauma before it could impact their adult life. Within my role, I have the opportunity to support children directly using an integrative approach to therapy in order to tailor an intervention that will meet the needs of each individual. I am also able to work with the significant adults in a child’s life to support them to better understand the needs of traumatised children as well as develop their own self-reflective skills.


Asa Kerr-Davis

Qualifications: BA (Hons) History; MSc Psychology of Mental Health (Conversion)

Job Role: Graduate Research Assistant

Main areas of interest and expertise: I joined the A&T team in 2021, having transferred from working at one of Five Rivers’ residential homes in London. In my current role, I manage the Five Rivers Baseline Assessment process and produce assessment summaries which the A&T clinicians use as the basis of formulation for each child. I also work in our research team in collaboration with UCL to produce papers which explore the impacts of trauma and adversity on the lives and minds of looked after children and inform the care we provide for our young people. Alongside my role, I am pursuing a PhD at UCL, focusing on the experience and meaning of trust in fostering relationships.

 


Charles Wells

Qualifications: BPS Chartered Counselling Psychologist; MSc Counselling Psychology; BSc (Hons) Social Psychology. UKCP registered Existential Psychotherapist. Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy

Job Role: Counselling Psychologist

Main areas of interest and expertise: Charles has more than 20 years of experience in working therapeutically with children and adolescents. He was the clinical supervisor and team manager for three Multisystemic Therapy Teams (MST), that provided family based interventions to parents and carers of children with complex behaviour problems. In addition to providing trauma-informed therapy interventions to children within two Five Rivers residential homes, he offers consultation and supervision to the residential and education teams there. Outside of his work with Five Rivers, Charles is a Senior Eating Disorder therapist at a CAMHS service in East London where he is currently setting up a Family Therapy Clinic. After many years of running groups for men who have been convicted of domestic violence offences, Charles is considered to be an Expert Witness in DV related child-contact disputes and regularly prepares risk and vulnerability reports for the courts

 

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