Narrative Network UK

Welcome to the Narrative Network

Narrative Network UK is for practitioners who would like to be in touch with others who are interested in Narrative Practice.  

Many people have spoken to us about the difficulties of being the only narratively trained person in a given work setting and the Narrative Network is a response to this.  We hope that the Narrative Network may enable narrative practitioners to find other like minded people who either have similar interests or who are local to them. It’d be great if it meant that people could find some mutual support for their work this way.  We hope it will contribute to a strengthening of the narrative community in the UK and may enable people to get together for projects that wouldn’t have happened otherwise.  We hope that you will find Narrative Network UK useful.

If you’d like to join, just email us with the following details:

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Your location
  • Your website, if applicable
  • Your area of work and interests
  • What you’d like to gain through the network and any services you offer, eg supervision.

The service is free. INT reserves the right to edit submissions.

The Institute of Narrative Therapy accepts no liability for Narrative Network UK, nor does it offer any assurance as to the reliability or accuracy of the material published on Narrative Network UK.  Members of the Network contact each other at their own liability.  We accept information for the Network as submitted and the Institute of Narrative Therapy undertakes no checks as to the veracity of any claims made here, or as to the qualifications or skills of members of the Network.  We reserve the right to refuse to accept or to remove material entirely at our discretion.  By using the network you accept that the Institute of Narrative Therapy has no liability.

The Network

  • Mark Hayward
    Mark Hayward

    Cornwall

    narrativebooks.co.uk

    Area of work

    Family Therapy

    Additional information

    My primary interest is in developing my practice skills in my work is as a family therapist with young people and their social networks. I also distribute books and journals about narrative practice (primarily from Dulwich Centre Publications) in Europe and beyond. I run training courses in UK and Ireland in narrative practice and put on workshops with invited narrative practitioners from around the world.

  • Amanda Redstone
    Amanda Redstone

    London

    Area of work

    Family Therapy

    Additional information

    I work as a Narrative therapist, supervisor and trainer in London and internationally. I am interested in connecting with others to extend and develop ideas and practice.

  • Adam Pickles
    Adam Pickles

    West Midlands

    Area of work

    Adult Mental Health
    Supervision

    Additional information

    Hope for mutual support and connection.

  • Hugh Fox
    Hugh Fox

    Matlock, Derbyshire

    Area of work

    Private therapy & supervision

    Additional information

    I do a little private therapy and I offer supervision both face to face and by skype or phone.  As well as running a narrative supervision group in Manchester and I also provide supervision to teams.  My background is in Social Services and in CAMHS where I worked as a family therapist.  I am a founder member of and director of the Institute of Narrative Therapy.  I provide training through the Institute or otherwise.  I’m interested in building a strong and enduring narrative community in the UK.  Feel free to get in touch!

  • Jackie Bateman
    Jackie Bateman

    South Yorkshire

    Area of work

    Children’s Service Manager

    Additional information

    Jackie Bateman is currently Children’s Service Manager for Barnardo’s The Junction, a service that works with children and young people who display sexually concerning behaviour and their families. Jackie previously worked as a social worker in child protection and then youth offending before joining Barnardo’s in 2002. Jackie also works independently as a solution focused/narrative therapy practitioner, trainer, consultant and writer.

  • Dr Karen Treisman
    Dr Karen Treisman

    London

    Area of work

    I work in and am interested in: Looking after children, children at risk, young offenders, refugee and asylum-seeking people, HIV, trauma, loss, attachment, mental health, parent-child relationships, creative interventions (art, play, music, drama).

    Additional information

    My hope is to make connections with like-minded people and become part of a wider narrative therapy community. I would like to learn new ideas and skills and continue to use narrative ideas in my work, as well as sharing these ideas and resources with colleagues.

  • Michael Williams, Ph.D.
    Michael Williams, Ph.D.

    Edinburgh, Scotland

    allthingshealing.com

    Area of work

    Therapeutic storytelling, narrative medicine, narrative approach to transformational leadership, narrative therapy.

    Additional information

    I am the Editor of ‘Therapeutic Storytelling’ at the All Things Healing online community. I am also a founding member of Stories for Health, a Glasgow-based non-profit organisation encouraging the use of the creative arts, especially storytelling, in the fields of health and emotional well-being. I’ve been a professional storyteller for more than 10 years and am registered with the Scottish Storytelling Centre. I am also an accredited child care worker with counselling experience with adolescents and their families. In addition, I am a GTCS-registered teacher and accredited peace education facilitator (UNIPAZ-UK). I offer workshops and training in storytelling skills, therapeutic storytelling and narrative approaches to transformative leadership.

    My clients have included the Scottish Parliament, the National Museum, the National Library, the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, the Church of Scotland, Children in Scotland, Children 1st, the Dad’s Network, the Scottish Marine Institute, as well as many schools, libraries and community organisations. In 2009 I was invited to join ‘Healing Words’, a therapeutic storytelling project which travelled to Israel and Palestine to work with groups of Arabs and Jews, using storytelling as a way of encouraging dialogue and mutual understanding.

    In 2010 I was appointed as Storyteller-in-Residence at a community art gallery in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Canada to work with children and adolescents. In 2011, I attended a ‘narrative medicine’ training with the psychiatrist Dr Lewis Mehl-Madrona. I will continue to develop and share my interests in narrative and healing throughout the coming year and look forward to meeting others with similar interests.

  • Natasha Colley (Nee Adams)
    Natasha Colley (Nee Adams)

    Essex

    Area of work

    Child and Adolescent Mental Health

    Additional information

    I am currently working in Essex as a Senior Specialist Educational Psychologist; (Child and Adolescent Mental Health).  I completed the Level One Narrative Practice training and have been trying to assimilate
    these approaches into my work.

    It would be brilliant to be able to share with others ideas for using Narrative approaches, and also for debating and discussing the underpinning ideas and framework as I find that I need to re-visit this quite often! I would also like to read about casework/examples of how Narrative approaches have been used in practice and the perceived impact/implications of this.

  • Tansy Mayfield
    Tansy Mayfield

    South East Wales

    Area of work

    Adult mental health services

    Additional information

    I work in adult mental health services as a clinical psychologist. I am particularly interested in how service users stories get written by their interactions with Services over the years, and in narrative approaches to recovery – particularly with people whose sense of identity has been compromised or threatened by their experiences of MH problems. I am also interested in how teams work together, and organisational issues.

    I am currently doing the Diploma level course with the Narrative Institute which I am really enjoying. A colleague and I meet for peer supervision where we (try) to sustain a narrative approach to the consultation – and we are doing some introductory training for qualified colleagues and clinical psychology trainees in the near future.

  • Vivienne Neale
    Vivienne Neale

    Portugal

    awritingretreatportugal.com

    Area of work

    I am interested in expressive and reflective writing practice.

    Additional information

    I run a retreat and would like to be more involved in the academic research surrounding reflective practice in both an educational and creative milieu.

  • Warren Matofsky
    Warren Matofsky

    East Sussex

    Area of work

    Child & family mental health; group work supervision; paternal inclusion in child services; school consultation; alternatives to ADHD.

  • Silvia Haywood-Panella
    Silvia Haywood-Panella

    South West

    devonautismcentre.com

    Area of work

    I work with children and families affected by autism.

    Additional information

    I work as Clinical Director providing support, interventions to families, children and adults with Autism and training to professionals working with individuals with Autism.

    I came across Narrative Therapy 5 years ago, when I attended the Level one training. Although life took me towards a different avenue, I remember knowing then that this approach fitted very comfortably with my belief
    system. Last year I rediscovered Narrative Therapy, making it a part of my practice.

    I would love to liaise and meet other people interested in Narrative Therapy and to share practices.

  • Helen Rowe
    Helen Rowe

    Devon

    Area of work

    I work as a clinical psychologist in paediatric health psychology, and also work privately in the field of child protection.

    Additional information

    I have been interested in Narrative Therapy for about 10 years, and regularly use it in my therapeutic work with children and with adults. I would value meeting and sharing practices with others who are using narrative therapy in their work.

  • Kathryn Cooper
    Kathryn Cooper

    The North West

    Area of work

    I am a Clinical Psychologist working at a medium secure unit with women in the North West.

  • Sabine Vermeire – Associate Member of the Institute
    Sabine Vermeire – Associate Member of the Institute

    Antwerp, Belgium

    www.interactie-academie.be

    Area of work

    I am a member of the staff at the Interactie-Academie, a training and therapy center in Antwerp, Belgium.

    Additional information

    I run training courses, workshops and work as psychotherapist and supervisor at this institute in Belgium. We developed a narrative network of the Low Countries that organizes conferences, and functions as a forum to exchange ideas and inspire each other. As a therapist my expertise is on working with children, youngsters and families in difficult contexts (violence, abuse, psychiatric problems and trauma) and working in creative ways when speaking becomes difficult. In some publications we also tried to give clients a voice.

    My hope is to enlarge the narrative connections and I’m always open for new ideas or interested in new projects and ideas.

  • Marko Turner
    Marko Turner

    Sydney, Australia, and Hull, North Yorkshire

    Area of work

    Adult Narrative Therapy, Narrative Coaching individuals, Workplaces and Organisations, Narrative Therapy for childhood challenges; Narrative and Dialogical Approaches to unusual experiences, such as early youth psychosis.

    Additional information

    Networking and collaborations, especially raising the profile of such practices across the UK.

    My hope is to enlarge the narrative connections and I’m always open to new ideas or interested in new projects and ideas.

  • Helen Caird
    Helen Caird

    London

    Area of work

    I practice in London in an NHS health setting, and in Buckinghamshire in a private setting as well as tutoring on the Salomons clinical psychology course.

    Additional information

    I’d be very interested in hearing about others working with people with physical health problems using narrative ideas, as well as those who are using narrative therapy in private work.

  • Peter Ord – Associate Member of the Institute
    Peter Ord – Associate Member of the Institute

    Kings Lynn, West Norfolk

    Area of work

    Physical Health Care (Chronic pain, long term health conditions, health
    anxiety)

    Additional information

    I am also interested in collective narrative practice,  the use of diverse cultural means to achieve therapeutic ends, moving therapy out of the traditional mode!

    With the Narrative Network, I would really like to hear about others struggles and successes to keep their interest and engagement in narrative alive when working in traditional clinical settings. I would also be keen to collaborate with others in an attempt to raise the profile of narrative practices generally, perhaps by convening local workshops or conferences.

  • Rathika Marsh
    Rathika Marsh

    Cheshire

    Area of work

    I am an Educational Psychologist working in Manchester for One Education. I work in various educational provisions with children and young people who have a range of needs.

    Additional information

    I am particularly interested in supporting those who are at risk of exclusion and wrote my thesis on the factors that support young people to successfully return to mainstream provision.  I am also interested in developing effective consultation with adults who work around the child.

    I have completed the Level 1 training and I am really interested in developing my practice to work more effectively in schools, particularly in consultation with adults.   I am particularly keen to meet like-minded colleagues who feel that it is possible to use narrative therapy principles and practices within our work both directly with children and also with adults who work around the child.

  • Anne Clilverd
    Anne Clilverd

    Oxford & London

    amcnarrativeconsultancy.co.uk

    Area of work

    I have worked with people experiencing severe and enduring mental health problems. I am particularly interested in using the tree of life, outsider witnessing practices and working alongside experienced consultants. Additionally, I am interested in the use and development of narrative practices in clinical supervision.

    Additional information

    Community mental health nurse with international diploma in narrative and community work and ten years experience of using narrative ideas with people with mental health problems, their carers and mental health staff.   Providing individual or group narrative therapy and supervision.

    I teach and provide workshops on practical ways of integrating narrative ideas into different areas of practice.  My hopes are to continue to work and learn about narrative ideas with like minded people and contribute to the devleopment of the UK Narrative Network.

  • Lincoln Simmonds – Associate Member of the Institute
    Lincoln Simmonds – Associate Member of the Institute

    Lancashire

    Area of work

    I have worked as a clinical psychologist with children, young people and families for over 11 years. During that time, predominantly through my relationship with the former centre for narrative practice, and in particular in conversations with my friend and mentor Hugh Fox, and encouragement from Sarah Walther, I have found narrative ideas increasingly helpful and useful for the work I do.

    More recently I have had many conversations around developing ideas for applying narrative therapy approaches to acute and chronic health conditions. I have also been fortunate to deliver a small number of narrative workshops of an introductory nature.

    Additional information

    I am currently completing the diploma in narrative therapy with the Institute. My hopes are to further consolidate and broaden my experience and skills in narrative therapy through my therapeutic work with people, and delivering training, teaching and writing more! I would like to continue to contribute to the development and sharing of this exciting, relevant (to people’s lives, hopes and values) and ethical approach.

    I can offer individual narrative supervision and am currently exploring opportunities to provide peer supervision.

  • Malachy Coleman
    Malachy Coleman

    Nantes, France

    Area of work

    I work as a psychotherapist in private practice, mainly with adults on a one-to-one basis. My training was initially in body-centered work and after embracing brief and solution-focussed approaches now combine this with various narrative practices.  I am particularly interested in the place and the role of the body in therapeutic conversations.

    Additional information

    I hope to connect and share with other people in the network who have an interest or concern around the inclusion of body-centered knowledge in narrative practices.

  • Rose Bedford
    Rose Bedford

    Exeter, Devon

    devoncounselling.co.uk

    Area of work

    I am a counsellor and supervisor in private practice, and a trainer/ lecturer at the Iron Mill Institute, Exeter. I am enthusiastic about existential approaches and philosophy, and about the potential of creative ways of working, which I believe offer many ways to tell our stories with the assistance of metaphor.

    Additional information

    I would like to join or establish a South West interest group for narrative practitioners, particularly the Devon/Cornwall area. I suggest we could use it for support, discussion, sharing, peer supervision, the practice of skills, wine/coffee/cake, and whatever else people would like!

  • Dr. David Hall
    Dr. David Hall

    Tennessee, USA (teaching throughout the UK)

    narrativeinstitute.org

    Area of work

    Family Therapy and Clinical Counselling, Supervision, Seminars and Workshops.

    Additional information

    I am an American based psychotherapist but I conduct trainings throughout the world through the Narrative Institute, which is a training group that teaches on traditional Narrative Family Therapy, as well as other narrative focused psychotherapies including Jungian and Ericksonian approaches. We also conduct workshops on general narrative theory and story craft and how they can apply to the fields of medicine, education, creative expression, and business. I have had the pleasure of doing several trainings in the UK on narrative therapy and other topics and I hope to be able to continue to grow my relationships with UK-based therapists.

  • Susan Dale
    Susan Dale

    Machynlleth, Wales

    susandale.co.uk

    Area of work

    I work in private practice as therapist and researcher/writer, I am fascinated by the interface between therapy and research, and often engage in writing projects with people who come for therapy, and therapy with people who come for writing projects. Currently I am working in the small town of Machynlleth at a community project helping local people re-story their lives following the abduction and murder of little April Jones. I am the current editor of BACP Thresholds which is the quarterly divisional journal of the APSCC and would like to see more articles in mainstream counselling/psychotherapy journals which have a narrative slant.

    Additional information

    I offer supervision to counsellors, narrative practitioners (both therapists, researchers and writers) and would like to link with people working in narrative ways.

  • Fiona Perella
    Fiona Perella

    London/Surrey

    Area of work

    Older adults, dementia and physical health (adult and paediatric)

    Additional information

    I have recently completed my clinical training at the University of East London and used NT ideas during some of my placements. I hope to embark on further Narrative Therapy training in the near future. In the meantime I would like to make connections with like-minded people using NT in their practice and to become part of a wider narrative therapy community.

  • Louise Mozo Dutton – Associate Member of the Institute
    Louise Mozo Dutton – Associate Member of the Institute

    Manchester

    Area of work

    I work within physical health as a clinical psychologist.

    Additional information

    I have found that each time I engage with narrative ideas and people who are endeavouring to put these ideas into practice, I always come away feeling inspired and more hopeful about the work I do and the possibilities for it. I am especially interested in how these ideas can be used within services similar to the one in which I work (acute medical inpatients wards) as well as more generally in how they can support people whose lives have been affected by physical health conditions.Up until now, I have worked with people living with multiple sclerosis, HIV which included working with people seeking asylum, those who have experienced a stroke as well as a number of other conditions that have the capacity to impact upon a

    Up until now, I have worked with people living with multiple sclerosis, HIV which included working with people seeking asylum, those who have experienced a stroke as well as a number of other conditions that have the capacity to impact upon a person’s health and what it is that they are now able or not able to do. I am currently in the process of completing the diploma in narrative therapy which I have really enjoyed. I would be interested in linking with others to think more about these ideas and their application within a physical health context.

  • Eli Anderson
    Eli Anderson

    London

    Area of work

    I am a Master Storyteller, Poet and Narrative Coach.

    Additional information

    I have the privilege to be able to teach the Introduction to Storytelling & Creative Writing course in colleges, schools, and within large institutions. In addition, I am honoured to be able to offer Narrative Coaching to a variety of wonderful people. I also run the London Mindfulness Academy and run a range of mindfulness workshops. I deliver the Cimarron lecture series, most recently “The Power of the Elder” in Universities in London, Scotland and the Midlands. I also deliver supervision to BA, BSc and PhD students.

  • Helen Huston
    Helen Huston

    Cumbria

    Area of work

    I have worked using Narrative Therapy in New Zealand for the past 5 years after taking a diploma and degree with the primary focus on Narrative Therapy. My work has been predominantly with children, adolescents and young adults who I find readily adhere to this way of working. I returned to England in July 2014 after being away for 12 years and hope to resume work very soon.

    I love the empowering nature of Narrative Therapy, through which the other is enabled to richly author their own life, according to the values, beliefs and capacities they hold, rather than by the constraining conclusions made by others or the problem.

    Additional information

    I would love to connect with other people interested in Narrative Therapy and continue to be inspired through conversations. I have always found the reading of verbatim from Narrative counselling sessions and the creative ideas people bring to these conversations, invaluable to my own learning. I know I would gain equally from having conversations with others as they bring a unique creativity in the language they use.

  • Kate Lindley, PhD – Associate member of the Institute
    Kate Lindley, PhD – Associate member of the Institute

    Geneva, Switzerland

    drkatelindley.ch

    Area of work
    1. Organisational Development. I work with  and coach individuals and teams in organisations using narrative and social constructionist approaches.
    2. Mothers with children who are considered « different » in individual and workshop settings to support and accompany them.
    Additional information

    I am interested in hearing from mothers or about research on mothers using a narrative, post-structuralist approach, and also about service user groups who have worked collectively to change the medical view of them.

    My PhD “The Social Construction of a Mother’s Identity amidst the confluence of motherhood discourses” can be found here

    I am also interested in French-speaking narrative practitioners and groups.

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