Alice has an MA in Integrative Child Psychotherapy from the Institute for Arts and Therapy in Education, where she studied among others, with Dan Hughes (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) and Éadaoin Bhreathnach (Sensory Attachment Intervention) including a two-year infant observation and paper as part of her training. She has Diploma in Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts and an additional Counselling Skills qualification. She undertook her psychiatric placement at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Mildred Creek Unit for young people with serious somatic and eating disorders using the principles of ‘Therapeutic Milieu’.
She has additional training specialising in many aspects of fostering and adoption support for both children and their parents/carers including Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP) a unique form of attachment-focused therapy based on the principles of PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy), pioneered by Daniel Hughes. She has additional Theraplay® training with Phyllis Booth, HANDLE therapy (Holistic Approach to Neuro- Development and Learning Efficiency) and professional development with trauma specialists Dr Bessel van Der Kolk, Dr Bruce Perry and the Mindsight Approach with Dr Dan Siegel among many others. Alice is a trained coach and a qualified trainer member of the Global Training Community of NLP (principles of Brief Therapy and Positive Psychologies). She is also a Therapeutic Attachment Lead Specialist having completed training with Louise Michelle Bombèr.
Alice specialises in working with children and young people with developmental and relational trauma, as well as grief and loss, working from an integrative model, based on attachment theory and current neuroscience. She uses the arts and play as a therapeutic medium helping children and young people to symbolically express their feelings and where necessary to create a coherent trauma narrative.
For TouchBase™, Alice focuses on supporting parents and carers. She facilitates their understanding of the impact of trauma, loss and disrupted attachments on the children they care for as well as giving vital help and support in dealing with the effects of imported trauma and loss, from these children to their parents.
Alice runs the ‘Flying Free’ course here at TouchBase™, specifically designed to support the parents and carers of troubled adolescents, and will be co-running the Nurturing Attachments parenting group. All her work is embedded in the principles of PACE and Theraplay® Informed Practice.
Alice’s is an adoptive parent which gives her insight and a passion to make a difference for those who parent and care for children with developmental trauma.