Independent Social Worker & EMDR Therapist
BSc (Hons) Social Work DipSW Dip Psych (Open)
Chrissy has eight years’ professional experience, specialising for the last five years in the area of emotional wellbeing and mental health. Chrissy is registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (Registration Number SW04989).
Chrissy spent the first three years of her career working in the public sector in a safeguarding service which provided her with a good grounding in working with a diverse range of children, young people and their families with differing needs. From 2007 – 2009, Chrissy worked in the voluntary sector within a therapeutic team specialising in supporting children who had experienced abuse.
In 2009, Chrissy returned to the public sector, establishing and developing a pilot project championing the needs of children and young people involved in private law proceedings. From 2009 – 2010, she adopted several short-term roles, including working with a specialist Looked After and Adopted Children’s Health Team and evaluating a Local Authority Letterbox Service.
In 2010, Chrissy had the opportunity to contribute to setting up and developing a multi-disciplinary service. She continues to hold this position within a child and adolescent mental health setting specialising in children in care. As well as providing individual assessments and therapeutic interventions, the role also involves working with families, carers and external agencies, providing consultation, intervention and training, as well as contributing to service development.
Chrissy strongly believes in the importance of a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship that facilitates the client to be able to move forward and make positive changes. Chrissy adopts an integrative approach, using evidence-based models and techniques in order to meet the unique needs of individual clients. Her approach is predominantly informed by Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, counselling techniques, Narrative therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy and creative therapies. Chrissy has significant experience in using attachment-informed interventions, underpinned by a dyadic approach, through direct clinical work and consultation with Local Authority Social Services departments and external agencies.
Chrissy has experience of working with children, young people and their families who have a broad range of difficulties including attachment, anxiety, low self-esteem, low mood, separation and loss, managing challenging behaviour, trauma and supporting children, young people and professionals working with them in understanding and managing difficult life events. Chrissy also has experience of supporting clients with anxiety and posttraumatic stress using EMDR.
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