The Adoption Consultancy 360 commissions therapists and social workers to work with us within the terms of our Ofsted registration.
All our Associates are professionally qualified and have extensive experience working within the area of adoption, child and adolescent mental health, and abuse and neglect.
Our Associates have up to date enhanced DBS checks. They undertake regular training, are committed to ongoing professional development, and are registered with their appropriate professional bodies.
Director. Sally has over 30 years’ experience as a qualified social work practitioner and manager within safeguarding children services, education and adoption. Sally’s earliest work experience with children was in youth work. She has a Masters in Educational Leadership and was Executive Head Teacher in Somerset for a number of Pupil Referral Units, which supported children and families who had suffered with significant attachment issues, trauma and loss. Sally has continued to work in raising awareness of adoption based difficulties in education, and provides support and evidence based strategies to meet the needs of young people of permanence struggling in education. Sally is HCPC registered and trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). Sally has many years’ experience as an Independent Adoption and Fostering Panel member and has practiced within private, voluntary and local authority agencies. She regularly presents/leads training days/courses on adoption, trauma and attachment related topics. Sally has considerable business, financial and managerial experience which she utilises in her role as Director at The Adoption Consultancy 360 Ltd. Sally is an adoptive parent and is passionate about working with all parties in the adoption triangle: adoptee, adoptive parents, birth relatives and siblings and has a commitment to enable children and their families to enjoy a rich family life.
Director. Chris is a HCPC registered occupational therapist, with over 25 years experience of working with children and young people with a range of needs, including child and adolescent mental health, children who have been adopted and have sensory integration and attachment difficulties, and children with special needs. She has a specialism in working with children and young people who have sensory integration and attachment difficulties as a result of developmental trauma, and offers consultation, individual parent-child assessment and therapeutic intervention, and group intervention strategies for children who have challenges with regulation of arousal states, which affects their ability to engage with others, and in everyday activities such as sleeping, eating, playing, and school. Chris has undertaken advanced level training in both Sensory Attachment Intervention (SAI), which is an integrative approach to the treatment of children and adults who have suffered abuse or severe neglect, and Sensory Integration (SI), and uses both these intervention approaches clinically and educationally, to support parents and children, and other professionals, to understand the impact of sensory and attachment issues on the adopted child, their relationships and interactions with others, and their ability to engage in the physical and emotional world around them. Chris is passionate about supporting children who have experienced developmental trauma to develop enhanced co-regulation and self regulation, and to work alongside those caring for and working with them to develop a greater understanding of how to support them in relation to this, to support increased enjoyment and engagement in everyday activities. Chris is a trainer in the SAI approach, and delivers this, along with other sensory informed training, to a range of parents and professionals.
Dr Emmanuelle (Manu) Davison
Consultant. Emmanuelle is an HCPC and BPS registered clinical psychologist currently working part time as a senior clinical psychologist at Exeter child development centre. Within her role as senior clinical psychologist, Emmanuelle contributes to the multidisciplinary assessment of infants and pre-school age children with a wide range of neuro-developmental disabilities. Emmanuelle offers therapeutic interventions to children and families with a range of difficulties, including challenging behaviour, attachment, feeding and sleeping difficulties. Within her role at the Adoption Consultancy, Emmanuelle offers Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). She provides consultation, training and supervision to other professionals and works closely with other settings and services involved in children’s care. Emmanuelle also carries out formal developmental and cognitive assessments that inform the planning and delivery of specialist interventions.
Consultant. Anna Flanigan originally trained as an Occupational Therapist in Exeter, undertaking further training in Family Therapy and Dramatherapy. She has worked in a range of settings with adolescents and their families including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Community and In-patient services, and college counselling services. She has had a particular interest in running groups. Anna worked with Sue Holt for several years at the Joint Agencies Child Abuse Team (JACAT) in Exeter, where they provided individual and group therapy to children and young people who had been abused and to their families. Together they developed a specialist service for adopters.
Consultant. Sue Holt trained in Educational Psychology at the Tavistock Clinic in London. Throughout her professional career, she has worked with children in care and has had a particular interest in separation, loss and attachment, having been fortunate in being taught by John Bowlby during her time at the Tavistock. Sue has worked in Educational Psychology services in London, Devon and Bristol and in Child and Family Guidance services in London and Devon. Since 2006 she has specialised in working with adopted children and their families and is now focussing on training for adopted parents, and on providing supervision for professionals working within the field of adoption.
Associate. I have been working with children and families since 1996 when I qualified as a nursery nurse. I was a founder member of the first community nursery in Plymouth and have always had a particular interested in the emotional wellbeing of children and their families. I qualified as a childcare social worker and worked with children in care before moving to an adoption team I became an advanced practitioner in 2012. As I became more aware of the complexities of adoption I became particularly interested in Theraplay as tool to strengthen and support attachment for the families I worked with. I began my Theraplay training in 2015 and became a foundational practitioner in 2016. I’m currently preparing my intermediate practitioner level. In 2017 I completed my level 1 & 2 DDP training and use its principals within my work. Life story work is an important part of working with adopted children and I have recently begun training to delivery therapeutic life story work. My own life has been touched by adoption and I am passionate about helping others affected by trauma, separation and loss. Every family I work with is unique.
Associate. Paul is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (ISMETA); an IBMT (Integrative Bodywork & Movement Therapy) Practitioner; and Developmental Movement Practitioner. He has 17 years experience of working with a wide range of people using movement for their health, wellbeing, and creativity. Paul offers Movement Therapy in private practice; is on the Faculty of the Institute for Integrative Bodywork & Movement Therapy; and lectures for a number of UK universities.
Associate. Lisa Lea-Weston works with children through The Adoption Consultancy 360 and in private work at Oak Practice. Lisa has been a Health and Care Professions Council registered Dramatherapist for over 17 years and Supervisor for 11 years. Lisa is currently a student with the School for Social Entrepreneurs on their start-up programme, developing “Talking Heads – Supervision for Senior Leaders”. Lisa is passionate about working with attachment and trauma and the importance of the non-verbal creative language in therapy or supervision as a way of accessing safely what needs to be “heard”. Lisa worked previously for the NHS (10 years) as a Clinical Lead for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities who also had a mental health issue.
Associate. Lucy is a HCPC registered occupational therapist, with 20 years’ experience of working with children and young people with a range of needs, including children who are adopted or fostered and have sensory integration and/or attachment difficulties. She is able to offer assessment and intervention on an individual or group basis where sensory integration and attachment difficulties are influencing the way children participate in everyday activities at home or at school.
Associate. Jennie is a certified Theraplay® practitioner and supervisor. She has a particular interest in DDP and Sensory Regulation. Jennie started her career as a social worker nearly 20 years ago and has experience in social care, the voluntary and independent sectors. She has specialised in working with children who have experienced early developmental trauma for the past 14 years. Jennie is involved in facilitating workshops and training for foster carers, parents, social workers, and schools around understanding the impact of developmental trauma and in preparing children for permanence.
Associate. Jane is a HCPC and BACP Registered Counsellor and Specialist Social Worker in the field of fostering and adoption with a strong focus on attachment. She offers therapy to children and families, and Theraplay® Assessments based on the Marschak Interaction Method (MIM). Jane has worked for many years in local authority child care teams offering counselling, support and training to adoptive parents, foster carers and social workers. Currently she specialises in attachment focused therapies namely Theraplay® and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. She also provides therapeutic life story work for children who have experienced disrupted attachments. Jane has extensive experience of running therapeutic parenting courses for parents, and providing training courses for social workers, foster carers and special guardians.
Associate. Diana is a qualified and experienced Art Therapist. Diana worked in the NHS for thirteen years and has worked with young people for twenty years. Her main focus is on children and young people who have experienced emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties including children in care, and adopted children and their families. Diana has had training in Psychodynamic Counselling, Family Therapy and completed the Level One DDP training. She has taught at various higher education institutions including Dartington College of Arts, Plymouth University and UWE. She runs workshops on creative expression and therapeutic practice for counsellors and other trained therapists at Bath College, Heartwood Counselling training, Insider Art and Devon Social Services (Family Assessment Centre). She has also worked for Dartmoor National Park’s ‘Naturally Healthy Project’. Diana also has a private practice for therapy and for supervision.
Associate. Chrissie has worked with children, young people and families for nearly 20 years, including 6 years working in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for the NHS as a mental health worker. Prior to this Chrissie worked in education and social care settings. Since 2014 Chrissie has been working as a therapist supporting adoptive families, offering play therapy, therapeutic parenting support, and Theraplay® informed parent-child sessions. Chrissie is registered with BAPT as a qualified Play Therapist, a certified foundational Theraplay® Practitioner, and has completed training in DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy). She has also recently qualified as a TRE Practitioner (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises).
Associate. Nicola is an HCPC and BPS registered clinical psychologist with a special interest in child development, parenting, chronic or life-limiting illness and supporting families through times of challenge. She has significant experience in the areas of child health and complex development, having worked extensively for a number of years in a leading national hospital dedicated to specialist cardiac and respiratory medicine. Nicola provides assessments re children’s executive functioning challenges and the impact this has on their ability to engage and learn in school, and other areas of everyday life.
Associate. Emma is a qualified therapeutic counsellor registered with the BACP and is working towards accreditation. She completed her Level 1 DDP in 2018 and uses its principles within her work. As well as undertaking therapeutic work with adoptees over 18 she also helps run The Adoption Consultancy 360 office in her administration role.
Associate. Shellee is a registered Art Psychotherapist with 15 years experience. She specialises in attachment, trauma and transition as a result of working with children and adolescents in a wide variety of settings in Devon, Canada and South East Asia.
Associate. Kim is an HCPC registered Occupational Therapist, with over 30 years’ experience of working with children and young people with a wide range of needs. She is able to offer assessment and intervention on an individual or group basis where sensory integration and attachment difficulties are influencing the way children participate in everyday activities at home or at school.