Our Team

Over the past few years The Family Place has developed a highly skilled and professional multidisciplinary team working in the field of adoption support - no mean feat in a geographically rural and beautiful area which is sparsely populated!  We are very fortunate to have clinicians, managers and administrators whose energy and commitment are exemplary in this demanding and complex work.  Our therapeutic approach is The Family Place Model : integrating principally but not exclusively Theraplay®, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Creative Arts Therapies and Sensory Processing work.  We work very closely with parents and their support networks.  Our head office is in Hay-on-Wye and we have additional offices in Worcester and Devon. This is our outstanding team.

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Dr Vivien Norris

Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Director

Vivien is the Founder and Clinical Director of The Family Place and an acknowledged leader and author in the field of adoption. She is a Clinical Psychologist with over twenty-five years' NHS experience and is fully certified in both Theraplay and DDP as a practitioner, supervisor and trainer: one of only two trainers in the world of both Theraplay and DDP

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Laura Harrison

Therapy Manager

Laura is our Therapy Manager and is central to the effective management of the clinical work, supporting our clinicians in a complex and challenging environment

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Michael Howlett

Company Secretary, Finance and Training

Michael is the Company Secretary and has various administrative responsibilities, including finance, training and health & safety

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Dr Emily Barnbrook

Clinical Psychologist

Emily is a Clinical Psychologist recruited to support the work in our Worcester office. She is the clinical lead for the TESSA project in collaboration with Adoption UK. She is a certified Theraplay practitioner, trainer and an associate supervisor. Emily is also an accredited DDP practitioner and in training to become a consultant

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Dr Eve Bowyer

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Eve is a sessional Clinical Psychologist who has joined The Family Place to support our clinical work in Wales

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Jess Cardy

Clinical Psychologist

Jess is a clinical psychologist who has recently relocated from Oxford to join the Devon team, working for The Family Place as a specialist attachment practitioner. Jess has experience and training in DDP and Theraplay

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Anna Carter

Consultant Child and Educational Psychologist

Anna is an Educational Psychologist and intermediate Theraplay practitioner who works principally in our Worcester office. Anna is one of only three neurosequential model of therapeutics (NMT brain mapping) phase II trainers in the UK.

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Becky Couch

Social Worker and Specialist Attachment Practitioner

Becky is a social worker based in South Wales with over 15 years' experience supporting families impacted by developmental trauma and attachment difficulties and has joined The Family Place as a specialist attachment practitioner.

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Becky Drysdale

Administrator : Family Interventions and Special Projects

Becky has recently joined The Family Place as an Administrator focusing on a range of projects in development

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Annie Eldon

Art Therapist

Annie is an Art Therapist who has many years’ experience working with children and families in both residential and day services. She is a core member of our multidisciplinary team

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Charlotte Elliott

Attachment Practitioner

Charlotte is a foundational Theraplay practitioner and is completing an MSc in Play Therapy. She has also completed training in DDP and is training in specialist life story work

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Kay Exton

Social Worker and Specialist Attachment Practitioner

Kay is a social worker and specialist attachment practitioner based in in our Hay-on-Wye office. Kay retrained as a social worker and has subsequently worked in youth services, charities and a child protection team specialising in mental health, trauma and attachment.

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Jennie Forsyth

Senior Social Worker

Jen leads the work in our Devon office and covers most of the south west. She is a senior Social Worker with many years' experience as a local authority manager for a post-adoption team. Jen is additionally qualified as a certified Theraplay practitioner and is a Sensory Processing specialist and is currently completing Level 2 accreditation in Sensory Attachment Intervention (SAI)

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Ruthie Gilbert

Therapeutic Family Support Worker

Ruthie is a Therapeutic Family Support Worker who is trained in Theraplay and DDP and will soon start her training to become a Forest School Leader

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Dr Josie Hewitt

Clinical Psychologist

Josie managed the opening of our Worcester office and is an experienced Clinical Psychologist and certified Theraplay practitioner and supervisor in training

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Dr Rosa Hoshi

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Rosa is an experienced sessional Clinical Psychologist at The Family Place who is additionally qualified as an intermediate level Theraplay practitioner and is trained in DDP. She has NHS experience and a PhD in Psychopharmacology

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Sara Howard

Administrator : Human Resources and Compliance

Sara has been with The Family Place since 2016 and is responsible for keeping everything running smoothly, including the referral process and Human Resources. She is often the first person you'll speak to when you contact our office

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Dr Nic Jones

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Nic is an accredited DDP practitioner, trained in Theraplay and EMDR and has twenty years' NHS experience working in services for learning disabilities and autism

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Erika Lyons

Music Therapist

Erika is a highly experienced Music Therapist who works sessionally in our Hay-on-Wye and Worcester offices as a core member of our multidisciplinary team

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Julie McCann

Play Therapist

Following a career as a music teacher in primary schools, Julie now works sessionally in London for The Family Place as a Play Therapist and certified Theraplay practitioner and supervisor

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Julia Metcalf

Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Julia is a Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist with over ten years' experience working with families, children and young adults

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Dr Jodi Pennington

Consultant Clinic Psychologist

Jodi works sessionally as a psychologist focusing particularly on our transition from fostering to adoption project in collaboration with St David's Children's Society

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Joy Rickwood

Music Therapist

Joy is a music therapist with twenty years' experience and works in multidisciplinary teams at The Family Place

The Family Place is a private limited company.  Registered Number:  8666044 England and Wales.  

Registered Office:  Kilvert's School, Clyro, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5SB.  

Telephone: 01497 822003.  Email: info@thefamilyplace.co.uk