Director of BeeLeaf MSc (Psych), B.A. Hons., Dip. EHP, Adv. Dip. THP, UKCP Accredited Contemporary Psychotherapist and Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapist, Master and Certified Trainer in NLP, Clinical Supervisor. Trainer Member of ANLP, MNCP (Snr Accrd.), BACP (Reg.), RSM (Sen. Assoc.)
Qualified by UKCP in two different modalities herself, Pam has trained with some of the outstanding outcome oriented psychotherapists of our day including Ernest L. Rossi, Stephen Gilligan, Michael Yapko, Bill O’Hanlon, Frank Farrelly, Christine Padesky and the co-creators of Systemic NLP, Robert Dilts and Judith DeLozier.
The Contemporary Psychotherapy model and Members of the Community for Contemporary Psychotherapy were formalised by Pam and continue to grow and flourish with the ever-expanding input of our amazing graduates. This can be traced back to the early 1990s when, working as a psychotherapist at an AIDS/HIV+ service in London’s King’s Cross, Pam developed a passion for improving psychotherapeutic service for people, partners and families suffering with dependency on drugs and alcohol. Training programs in this area began to be delivered by BeeLeaf in 1997 and in 2000 Pam was appointed as Clinical Supervisor for Barking and Havering Alcohol Advisory Service and for James Cooke House. Here she met the late Bill Cairns and together they developed an holistic and practical program and ethos to aid sustainable recovery. The “Working Successfully with Addictions” unit has prepared hundreds of practitioners from a wide range of modalities to work with more awareness and effectiveness with these sufferers and to support the recovery of lives worth living. This now forms part of our Advanced Clinical Applications training for practicing psychotherapists, and is ground-breaking in offering a bio-psycho-socio-eco-deo model for addressing the complex systems of trauma, addiction and anxiety/depression.
Pam is particularly known for her exposition of Ericksonian Psychotherapeutic principles and is a celebrated story teller and pioneer in utilising therapeutic storytelling in the treatment of trauma, depression and anxiety. She has recorded two published CDs of therapeutic storytelling which address dependence issues, self esteem and anxiety through creative cultivation of emotional self-awareness, resilience, self-fulfilment and reality based optimism. She is a frequent and sought after writer who is published in many trade and other publications, including a series of interviews with some of the leading Ericksonian Psychotherapists of our time. Her work has also been featured in “Therapy Today”, “The Psychotherapist” and “The Huffington Post” and she is a frequent radio commentator, mostly for BBC. Her training is renowned for being creative, fun, challenging and within a safe environment, bringing together tremendously diverse groups into harmonious and uplifting shared experience.
Over the years Pam has served in several posts supporting the growth and standards of psychotherapy practice and training. She currently is Chair of the UKCP College of Hypno-Psychotherapy. Before that she was External Moderator of UK Association of Transactional Analysis (2011 – 2017), Ethics Committee Member UKCP (2006 – 2013) Diversity and Equality Committee Member UKCP (2009 – 2014), Education Training and Practice Committee Member UKCP (2012 – 2018). She has written or contributed to many of UKCP’s guidelines in Ethics and in Training Standards. Between 2009 and 2018 Pam was a leading figure in writing and implementing the organisation-wide Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy 2017.
Pam runs a busy East End of London psychotherapy practice and continues to push the boundaries of current psychotherapeutic understanding to serve more clients better. In 2011 she became a Clinical Associate for Pink Therapy and a core trainer on their International Training in Essentials in Working with Gender and Sexual Diversities and is a guest trainer on other accredited psychosexual trainings.
She continues as guest trainer for several other institutes, and has presented nationally and internationally at numerous conferences and events for organisations such as UKCP, BACP, ANLP, ITA, Relate, Pink Therapy, Durham University and iMed.