Emma trained as a Mental Health Nurse at Kingston and St. George’s School of Nursing, qualifying in 1997. After completing her training, Emma took a post as a Staff Nurse with one of the UK’s leading mental health care clinics, where she worked with clients who presented with a diverse range of mental health problems, such as: depression, anxiety, psychosis, personality disorder, eating disorders and addictions. Emma also developed and delivered a Family Programme, working with both patients and family members, offering psycho-educational input as well as support and advice.
During this time Emma also worked as a Nurse Therapist within the Therapy Department of the clinic, where she gained extensive group experience, facilitating a range of groups such as: stress management, assertiveness, anger management, confidence building, goal setting and support groups.
After qualifying as a Drama Therapist in 2005 at Roehampton University, Emma remained within general psychiatry, working with both groups and individuals. She facilitated drama therapy groups with older people, adolescents who have autism and those with mental health issues, both adults and adolescents with eating disorders, as well as running team building sessions within business organisations.
Emma also facilitated both individual and group drama therapy groups with the pupils and students within a secondary school setting, as well as delivering a stress management programme to students and teachers. She also, alongside Victoria, developed and began facilitating the Parenting Teenagers course in 2011.
Emma was a Visiting Lecturer on the MA Dramatherapy Course at Roehampton University, and recently qualified as a Clinical Supervisor. She is currently training to be a couples therapist.
She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, and works within their guidelines as well as the BADth Code of Conduct.
And perhaps most importantly she is a mother to two girls, aged 16 and 20.
Victoria is a qualified teacher with over 12 years’ experience working in London secondary schools. After qualifying as a Teacher of History in 2003, Victoria was promoted to the post of Teacher in Charge of History at Saint Cecilia’s, a newly opened secondary school in south London in 2006. More recently, Victoria made the transition from History to Special Educational Needs, a move driven by her passion to support some of the most vulnerable young people in society and ensure they achieve the best possible outcomes from school. In her current role, Victoria works closely with the school SENCo ensuring appropriate provision for children with SEN(D) and those for whom school and indeed life can be challenging.
To ensure the pupils in her care receive appropriate educational, social and emotional support, Victoria has established strong links with professionals from a wide range of external agencies including CAMHS and Achievement for All. Understanding the need to support parents through the often turbulent teenage years, Victoria helped to set up and now co-facilitates the hugely popular and successful Parenting Course at Saint Cecilia’s.
Victoria is also a qualified ‘Life Coach’ receiving accreditation from the Coaching Academy in 2015. This most recent addition to her qualification portfolio enables Victoria to offer coaching to students and staff at Saint Cecilia’s and beyond as part of the Wandle Teaching School Alliance.
Finally, Victoria is also a mum to three young children aged 4, 7 and 9.