Qualifications and Registrations
Teresa has a Masters level qualification in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy and an additional qualification in Systemic Supervision. Teresa has a qualification in Clinical Psychology (Brazilian University Degree - UNESP) and a UK qualification within the field of Creative Arts Therapies: Dance Movement Psychotherapy – University of Roehampton.
Teresa is registered as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist and is a Certified Systemic Supervisor with the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and the AFT (Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice in the UK).
Teresa has over twenty years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults. She has worked with individuals, couples and families with a variety of presenting difficulties. They include:
• Relationship difficulties: family conflict, couple disharmony, parenting difficulties, friendship strains, work problems, disparity in social or affiliation groups
• Life and family transitions: loss and bereavement, birth of a child, couple separation or divorce, new family formations, moving to independent living or cohabiting
• Intense and difficult emotions or experiences: sadness, anger, bullying, discrimination, child aggression, excessive Internet and gaming behaviour, self-harm, depression, anxiety, trauma
• Issues around identity and affiliation groups: including race and ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender experience, faith and religion, parenthood, marital status, appearance, age and maturation, ability/disability, educational and professional choices
• Serious mental health problems or life-long conditions: eating disorders, psychosis, learning difficulties, ADHD, autism, living with a physical illness
Alongside her private practice, Teresa works part-time for the NHS at the Royal Free Hospital as Lead Family and Systemic Psychotherapist. This role includes providing consultation on systemic perspectives, training on Family Interventions to Eating Disorders as well as co-facilitating psycho-education courses for parents of children with Eating Disorders. Teresa devised and coordinates a skills-based programme for parents with the aim of providing education, skills and techniques to support them to manage their child’s Eating Disorder.
Teresa provides clinical supervision and consultation to various professionals including counsellors, psychotherapists, assistant psychologists and nurses. In addition, Teresa taught on two Family Therapy training institutes. On the foundation year of the Family Therapy and Systemic Practice course at Anglia Ruskin University and on the Masters Training Course at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust as live supervisor.
Additional Training and Experience
Teresa has a strong commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and regularly attends workshops and conferences as well as reading extensively to increase her knowledge and skills. Her training includes Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding.
Teresa’s friendship group includes people with learning and physical disabilities and she has a close relative experiencing serious mental health issues. This gives her a first-hand insight into the emotional and practical issues that arise from caring for a person with special needs and enduring mental health illness.
Teresa has appropriate professional indemnity insurance, is registered with ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) and is DBS Checked. DBS – Disclose and Barring Service is a non-governmental public body of the Home Office in the UK that accesses criminal record information in order to identify people who may be unsuitable for certain work, especially that involve children or vulnerable adults.
“When my family and I met Teresa we were in the middle of the worst time of our lives. One of our daughters was terribly ill with depression that manifested itself through an eating disorder. Teresa was actually the third Family Therapist that we had met and was the only one able to help! She was kind, empathetic, sympathetic and very, very clever. She helped us to put in place strategies that not only helped our daughter to get her through such a dreadful illness but helped us to understand and support each other at the time and subsequently as well.
We will always be indebted to Teresa for the help and support she gave and are very happy to endorse her to help others who need it when they cannot see through the terrible clouds of despair that we encountered.”
Father of 2 teenage daughters.
“Teresa worked with my 17 year old daughter and I over a period of a year. My husband and son also occasionally attended Family Therapy sessions in order to work towards the family helping overcome my daughter's anorexia. Teresa was always sympathetic, flexible and highly skilled; showing great empathy at all times. Teresa was able to form a close therapeutic relationship with my daughter and also myself. Teresa was I believe instrumental in supporting us to work towards my daughter's short term goals and helped us to think more positively and look towards a brighter future. Teresa provided us with vital support at a time of crisis and enabled us to ultimately become more independent as my daughter recovered.”
Mother of a young person who has recovered from an Eating Disorder.
“I met Teresa when my daughter was referred to her following a diagnoses of an eating disorder. We were very lucky as her unwavering support for both Sophie* and our family was the reason Sophie recovered. She was incredibly patient, kind and most importantly, totally understanding of what my daughter was struggling with. She was an amazing professional and a wonderful person. My daughter and I will always be grateful to her.”
Mother of a young person who has recovered from an Eating Disorder. *Name altered to enhance confidentiality
“I have been working with Teresa for quite some time now. She is a fantastic member of the team we work in together and I really respect her approach to her work. She is compassionate, thoughtful and respectful at all times. She always holds in mind those she is working with therapeutically, trying her best to ensure they get the best possible care they can. She is highly skilled and I have learnt a great deal from her. I value the time I get to work with her and would strongly recommend her for both supervision and therapy work.”
Michelle Wilson, Clinical Psychologist at the Royal Free Hospital
“I had the privilege of working alongside Teresa at the Royal Free Hospital. Teresa always stood out as someone with a huge amount of energy and compassion, both for the families that she works with and for her colleagues. Teresa manages to have a wealth of knowledge and experience, whilst also being extremely approachable. During the time I was working with Teresa I was also studying for my MSc in Psychological Therapies. My best grade was in family therapy which definitely had more to do with Teresa’s ability to impart understanding than it did with my ability to revise for exams!”
Naomi Hooke, Assistant Psychologist