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Mark O'Connell:  Child Psychotherapist - Wellbeing Director of Apricot Centre CIC

Titles: Dipl in Psychotherapy with Children and Young People (Northern Guild of Psychotherapy), Dipl POP (RSPOPUK, Zurich),Family Systems Therapy Post Grad Diploma (Plymouth Uni), Dipl Adoption & Attachment (Family Futures Consortium/ Greenwich Uni), Clinical Supervision Training (SEPT, Essex Uni)
Professional Memberships: UKCP, IAPOP (International Association of Process Oriented Psychology)
Professional Registration and fitness to work: Full Enhanced DBS Check, Registered Manager with CQC.
Personal Profile: Since the early 1990s I have been drawn to working with children and families in complex and challenging life circumstances. While training as a psychotherapist I began to work in residential children’s homes with the children and later with their parents.  More recently as clinical team leader for the Connect Service for Looked-After and Adopted Children in Suffolk (NHS – Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust)/ CAMHS and Child & Family Pathway I am continually exploring what best supports the wellbeing of children who have been traumatized and experienced challenging attachments. In my previous employment I led a Tier 2 attachment-based service for SEPT in called ‘Trouble Tree’ working with children, and with schools around the impact of trauma and attachment, and coordinating the Nurture Group Project in Southend 2011/2012.  I became very interested in the importance of attunement in the parent/child relationship later developing and piloting ‘Tuning into your Toddler and yourself’ a series of 8 playgroup workshops with 10 parents and their toddlers (0-4 yrs old). This involved supporting parents in their awareness of attunement through theory, playful modeling of interactions and reflection with parents using film.  A further 6 workshops were funded by the Local Authority and delivered in Southend Children Centres. I am now awaiting the outcome in March 2015 of an NiHR research proposal ‘A randomised controlled feasibility study of the Tune-in Process. An intervention for carers and their newly looked-after and adopted child/ren to enhance awareness of momentary feedback, communication, and wellbeing’. If successful this research will involve two days per week over two years from July 2015. .
My experience: Facilitating attunement between parent/carer and child - working with looked-after and adopted children (also SGO, CAO) around attachment difficulties and developmental traumas and loss - carer support (including complex parenting trainings and enhanced carer networks) - supporting parents with their own personal history and in relation to present caring for children - creative and play therapies - awareness-based and mindful approach for children and parents - clinical supervision.

Christopher Hope: Integrative child and adolescent Psychotherapist,  Social Work Consultant & Director of Apricot Centre CIC

Bsc Hons Psychology, 
Diploma in Social Work, Child and Adolescent Trainee Psychotherapist  (MA Conversion course Terapia/Middlesex Uni), Counsellor, Post Graduate Practice Teacher
Professional Memberships: BASW, BAAF, MBPS Member of the British Psychological society Graduate member 322858
Professional Registration and fitness to work: Full Enhanced DBS Check, Registered Social Work status (Current) HPC SW27151
Personal Profile: I consider myself to be a skilled and committed individual who has gained a full career history  working with children and families. My experience ranges through from Independent Consultant, manager and Senior Social Work Practitioner with a specialist knowledge in the  therapeutic needs of children and  families. My formative training was acquired over  ten years working within therapeutic communities and latterly as a  CAMHS clinical practitioner. The outcome of this varied experience and the depth of knowledge enables me practice as an integrative child and adolescent Psychotherapist. I am comfortable working with a variety of  therapeutic techniques.
My experience: Children and young people experiencing relationship difficulties - Anxiety and depression - Fears and Phobias which are getting in the way of moving on - Exam anxiety - Family conflict and separation - Problems with self image and eating disorders - Recovery from trauma and loss - Recovery from abuse and loss - Drug addiction and drug misuse - Attachment disorders

Anna Lidzey: Art Psychotherapist & Family Support Practitioner

Titles & Trainings: Bsc Social Anthropology, PG Dip Art Psychotherapy; trained and experienced in mindfulness, dyadic therapy and family therapy work.

Roles: Consultant Art Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, Mindfulness Facilitator.

Experienced working with:  Looked After and Adopted children and families - complex PTSD and Pre-verbal trauma attachment issues - sexual abuse - Cancer and palliative care dementia care - Drug and alcohol misuse - Learning Disability - Gender identity issues.

Clinical Interests: Anna takes much of her inspiration from Process Orientated Psychology.. Such an approach supports individuals, families or groups to unfold the deeper creative meaning that may be held in their behaviours or symptoms. This work becomes a valuable vehicle for the transformation of patterns that may be stuck or dysfunctional, as the individuals move towards health. Her particular fields of interest are working with complex trauma, attachment difficulties and withdrawn states.

Anna is a lively and robust Art Therapist with lots of time spent playing in sand trays with children, helping them to sculpt their stories and re-invent their lives. She loves all of the tactile messy work, whether its making paint bombs to throw at painting walls, creating potions or getting in up to her elbows with wet sloppy clay. What's most fascinating about this type of work is how the cathartic making or breaking of art work helps clients to release their traumas in a way that words simply cannot. And how the textures, forms or figures that emerge form this work can herald the new beginnings and directions in the children's lives. Most of the time Anna's work is studio based but she also really enjoys working outdoors to support our connection with nature and to encourage greater physical expression when needed.

Anna has practiced mindfulness, yoga and expressive movement for over 20 years. She is able to bring these qualities into therapy sessions to support her clients to find their groundedness, centre and well-being.

Angelika  Röhrig : Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Certified DDP Practitioner, Clinical Supervisor and Trainer

Titles and training: Diploma in Social Work (Germany1986),Dipl Counselling (1987), Adv. Diploma in Gestalt Therapy (1992) ,Training to Train cert ( 1992), Postqualifying Child Care Award ( 2007),Fully trained in Dyadic Developmental Therapy (cert 2014)

 Professional Registration and Fitness to work: Enhanced DBS check, Registered social work status (HCPC SW59481), Member of BACP and accredited since 1994 ( No 508137),Registered as an Adoption Counsellor with LINK/Barnardos,  DDP institute certified DDP practitioner (No 58)

Personal Profile: I initially trained as a social worker in Germany before qualifying as a Gestalt Therapist in London. Since then I have worked as a social worker and therapist in a wide range of settings, in Germany, Ireland and England. This included a women's refuge, a therapeutic familyproject, Paediatric and Neo Natal Intensive Care Units of a large teaching hospital and the staff counselling service in a hospital.   Since 1994 I have worked extensively within the area of adoption and fostering, initially as a social worker and then senior practitioner in a local authority adoption team as well as an independent psychotherapist. This work has led me to undertake further in-depth training into the effects of early trauma and disrupted relationships. Over time I have been influenced by a number of approaches, particularly attachment based therapies ( Dan Hughes and Kim Golding in particular), Eriksonian Hypnotherapy, Psychosynthesis, Transactional Analysis, Systemic Family therapy as well as creative therapy approaches such as Art Therapy. I now integrate elements of these in my work to provide the most helpful intervention for my clients.

My experience: I have 25 years experience of working therapeutically with adults, children and families –Themes include recovery from childhood trauma and abuse, anxiety and depression, loss and grief, attachment difficulties etc.

Mary Fleming: Wellbeing Service Administrator - We are very sad to say that our beloved Mary passed away in December 2016. We were very fond of Mary and she was a great professional asset to the team.