Diploma Coaching (IPHM 2022)
M. A. Psychoanalytic Observational Studies (Tavistock Centre, / Univ. E. London), (2005)
Diploma Counselling (1995)
Certificate in Counselling Theory & Practice (1994)
Diploma Management Studies (1993)
Diploma Social Work/CQSW (1987)
BSc. Psychology (1979)
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, Member (MBACP)
Compliance: In my work I comply with the Code of Ethical Practice of BACP (contained in: Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions).
I hold Professional Liability Insurance ( Oxygen).
I have an arrangement for Professional Consultation.
I maintain my awareness of professional issues and developments and am committed to undertaking Continuing Professional Development.
General Data Processing Regulations (GDPR) : Record keeping and data processing procedures are compliant with GDPR (2018).
Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Certificate: to May, yearly (renews annually)
Alan has an integrative approach to assessment, formulation and to choosing an appropriate therapeutic intervention, tailored to client needs, facilitating their voice and choice. This is drawn from a range of clinical and theoretical trainings and practice experiences. These include the following distinctive modes of thinking and practice :
Supervision of Professional Practice received from experienced practitioners from a range of Psychotherapeutic Disciplines:
Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapist ( 1 year ; during doctoral studies)
Consultant Psychotherapist in Psychiatry (2 years)
Psychoanalytic Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist (1 year)
Counsellor-Consultant Inner Child Work, (3 years)
Systemic Family Therapist ( 2 years)
Gestalt Group Therapist & Therapeutic Community Leader ( 2 years).
Research / Dissertation: M.A.Dissertation “Brief psycho-dynamically informed counselling in families: some thoughts on communication in work with anxious boys by a male counsellor” lodged in Tavistock Centre Library
Alan qualified as a social worker in 1987, and as a counsellor in 1995. He has specialised in work with children, young people, parents / carers and families. He has over 27 years experience of working in multi-disciplinary practitioner teams in The NHS, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). After twenty years in a local service he gained further experience in locum posts in five other NHS Trusts, specialising in assessment, therapeutic intervention and consultations, for referred clients of 5 to 19 years.
In previous roles Alan gained experience in a range of local authority services for children, young people and families including: child and family support, safeguarding, youth justice, and involved with fostering, kinship, special guardianship and adoption, open residential care of children, and co-lead the therapeutic groupwork program in a therapeutic community secure unit for adolescents. As an Approved Social Worker (Mental Health Act 1983) he conducted mental health assessments of adults, liaised with professionals and arranged mental health unit admissions.
Alan has worked in CAMHS supporting parents, carers or guardians and young people with a wide range of conditions, presentations or disorders, including : -
As Principal Social Worker, Alan initiated and led for over twelve years, a new development of direct work in a CAMH Service in the:
Alan has provided: assessment and therapeutic interventions for children, young people & families; consultation to colleagues of other disciplines including professional support to-
Practice Values – Alan brings a compassionate and non-judgmental approach to understanding his clients' and family's experiences from a developmental perspective, both of their difficulties and life challenges, and to his commitment supporting efforts to achieve their chosen goals for improvement.
Similarly, in supportive consultative conversations with carers, be they extended family in kinship care or guardians holding Special Guardianship Orders, or professionals in fostering or residential care, Alan holds an empathic, open-minded attitude combined with a belief that in general each one of us is doing the best we can.