Meet our Therapeutic Specialists

The specialist Therapeutic Fostering Assessment & Treatment Team at FosterCare UK is clinically led by Mary Penwarden, a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist.

The professionals within the team are all highly qualified and skilled with extensive experience working in CAMHS, the NHS, Education and the private sector. They are all professionally accredited and abide by their professional associations’ codes of practice and conform to FosterCare UK’s policies and procedures. The clinicians have their own regular peer group supervision.

Mary Penwarden

Lead Clinician

Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist
M.A., Diploma in Clinical Supervision [University of Kent]
Member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists, Member of the British Psychoanalytic Council, Member of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists

Background & Key Qualifications/Experience:

Mary has over 20 years’ experience of working within the NHS in Kent’s Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service. She has been Lead Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist for Kent and Medway, with managerial and supervisory responsibility for Child Psychotherapists working within Kent and Medway NHS.

Mary’s particular interests are the assessment and treatment of looked after children presenting with complex mental health issues. She is skilled and experienced in supporting foster carers and contributing positively to the multidisciplinary and multiagency network in place to support looked after children. Mary has been a member of FosterCare UK’s Panel since 2013.

Mary’s professional interests include undertaking comprehensive initial mental health assessments, multiagency liaison, individual assessment of children and young people’s states of mind and the provision of comprehensive reports for use by professionals in education and social care to help them plan for a young person’s needs by providing clear recommendations for appropriate therapeutic interventions. She also offers support to foster carers and clinical leadership of FosterCare UK’s Multidisciplinary Assessment and Treatment Service.

Mary is undertaking doctoral research at the University of Exeter into the placement needs of looked after young people and identifying an evidence base for the recruitment and support of their foster carers.

Dr Annie Cardinal

Clinical Psychologist

– Chartered Principal Clinical Psychologist (BSc MSc DClinPsych CPsychol AFBPsS)

– Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)

Background & Key Qualifications/Experience:

Annie is a Chartered/Health Professions Council Registered Child Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years post qualification experience. She qualified in 2001 and since then has NHS post qualification experience in Adult Mental Health and in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Tiers 2 and 3 (Targeted – single practitioner input & Specialist – multi-disciplinary input).

She has experience (and post qualification training) in a range of therapeutic models, in particular Cognitive Therapy and Group Analytic psychotherapy She has conducted research in NHS clinical settings and management consultancy.

Annie is also a member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies & Associate member of the Institute of Group Analysis.

Annie currently works in Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services in the NHS and specialises in Eating Disorders and Self Harm with young people and families in East Kent. She has experience of working in Adult Mental Health (in Psychosis and enduring mental health and forensic presentations). She has worked in Clinical Audit at the Tavistock and Portman clinics.

Annie manages and offers clinical supervision to clinical psychologists, trainee clinical psychologists and members of her team. Annie takes a lead in developing groupwork in East Kent and is currently evaluating research and writing papers for publication with colleagues in Multi-Family Therapy (MFT) for Anorexia Nervosa and Emotional Regulation groups.

Andrew Fryer-Kelsey

Environmental Therapist

Qualifications in Counselling and Leadership including; Counselling and Social care, Expedition Leaders Award, Duke of Edinburgh Supervisor, First Aid and other outdoor qualifications.

Background & Key Qualifications/Experience:

Andrew has over 25 years’ experience in working with young people in the USA and UK. As an outdoor instructor and counsellor he has worked in the prison service in the USA and gained experience in adventure based counselling. In 1996 he began working as an Environmental Therapist for CAMHS (formerly Children’s Adolescent Mental Health Services).

For some young people traditional therapy does not engage them so Environmental Therapy uses the powerful medium of the outdoors to enable both young people and families to face challenges within a safe and nurturing environment. It can give them the opportunity to see a connection between their behaviour and their experiences. Young people can gain an awareness of their emotions and behaviour, explore personal issues and develop their critical thinking skills. This in turn dramatically increases their self-worth.

Environmental Therapy can be used with young people and families. It can assist with anxiety issues, ADHD, ADD, ASD and also young people with violent behaviour.

Andrew was also the main carer when he and his wife did short term fostering. He has worked with others to develop Environmental Therapy for use in their own organisations, alongside running staff training days.

Andrew Davis

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Accredited by the Association of Child Psychotherapists, and a member of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy.

Background & Key Qualifications/Experience:

Andrew completed an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies in 1994, and went on to spend seven years working in a Therapeutic Community with children and young people who had experienced significant abuse and neglect. He moved to work in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service as a therapist while qualifying via the clinical training at Tavistock Centre in London.

Andrew continues to work in CAMHS while also working independently with young men in residential care. He has an interest in the assessment and treatment of the impact of the early breakdown of primary bonds between parents/carers and infants, children and young people. He has longstanding experience in working with families, children and young people to understand a wide range of complex developmental, emotional and psychological presenting difficulties.

He has a particular interest in complex combinations of attachment difficulties, autistic presentation, aggression and depression.

Dr Irena Stacevic

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Specialty Doctor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, fully registered with GMC and on Specialist Register; Affiliate of Royal College of Psychiatrist

Background & Key Qualifications/Experience:

Irena completed her General Medicine and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist training at Vilnius University, Lithuania in 2008. After graduation she worked as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Outpatient Clinics in Lithuania for 3 years before moving to UK.

Since 2011 Irena has worked in local Children & Young People’s Mental Health Services (formerly CAMHS) providing assessments and treatment for young people with complex mental health needs. Her main responsibilities include diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with broad spectrum of conditions: Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Psychosis, Eating Disorders.

Irena is part of a Team providing neurodevelopmental assessments (ADHD and Autisms Spectrum Disorder).

Irena’s special interest is deliberate self-harm and emotional regulation difficulties; she has completed Dialectical Behavioral Therapy training in 2012 and works as individual DBT therapist; she also has experience in facilitating skills training group sessions for young people.

Irena has been recently trained in STEPPS, a new treatment program for young people struggling with self-harm and suicidality.

Other trainings and courses completed:

  • One year Basic Level of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (2010)
  • Approved Clinician (2012)
  • Leadership and Management Essentials (2014)
  • Regular attendance of National ADHD conferences

Dr Lesley Hanney

Consultant Systematic Psychotherapist

PhD Family Art Psychotherapy, Systemic Psychotherapist (MSc) Systemic Supervisor (Post Grad Dip) & Registered Practioner Association of Family Therapy (AFT) & United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy

Background & Key Qualifications/Experience:

Dr Lesley Hanney is a Consultant Systemic Family Psychotherapist registered with AFT & UKCP with over 25 years experience in the area of child and adolescent mental health. She has also trained in Art Psychotherapy and is a UKCP Registered Systemic Psychotherapy supervisor.

Lesley has extensive experience working in both the private and public sector in the area of child and adolescent mental health and was the Lead Systemic Psychotherapist for East Kent for a number of years. She has developed a specialist interest in early mother baby relationships and the impact on later attachment behaviours and developmental trauma, having published several articles in this area.

She has extensive knowledge of working with children and young people in the care system and in particular in the area of pre and post adoption. She has run intensive psychotherapy groups and provided training programmes for foster carers and adoptive parents as well as working with birth families.

Lesley also has spent many years working with young people with Anorexia Nervosa and providing a Multi Family Group treatment programme.

Lesley has experience in providing assessments, treatment and offering consultation to the networks around them.
Lesley’s work has provided comprehensive assessments for the Family Court where there are concerns from local authorities on the most appropriate placement and therapeutic provision.

Jan Wright

Speech and Language Therapist

Speech and Language Therapist, Registered Practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council, Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy

Background & Key Qualifications/Experience:

Jan is an advanced practioner in Speech and Language Therapy with over 30 years of experience in working with children and young people with significant Speech, language and Communication disorders. She uses her extensive knowledge and experience to assess, diagnose and identify appropriate interventions and advise education practioners, children and their families.

Jan’s specialist areas of interest are Autism Spectrum Disorder and Specific Language Impairment (SLI). She has been involved in ASD diagnostic clinics within CAMHS –for primary and secondary aged students- and held the SLI specialist post for the last 20 years. Within her time working for the NHS, and previously in an Independent school, she has worked extensively with school aged children with social, emotional and behaviour difficulties. Throughout her career she has also been involved in training across Kent for autism and language and communication for professionals and families.

Jan started work in Norfolk within the NHS moving to an independent school to follow her interest in autism, communication disorders and severe social, emotional and behaviour difficulties. She has worked for the NHS in Kent since 1995 and is currently a professional lead for Speech and Language Therapy as well as a practising clinician.

Peter Boyes

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Registered Mental Health Nurse – RMN ENB603, Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Background & Key Qualifications/Experience:

Trained as a Psychiatric Nurse (RMN) Peter has more than 30 years experience of working in N.H.S. Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Ten years of inpatient work at the Bethlem Royal Hospital which included working as a Staff Nurse and Charge Nurse on the Adolescent unit and completing the ENB 603 post basic course in Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry. This led to a move to Kent to work in a developing CAMHS team working directly with young people, their families and carers.

As a part of supporting the direct clinical work, contributed to developing different ways of working with other professionals to form a multi-agency care package as appropriate for the changing needs of the young people. Additional input for staff working in other agencies and areas of Health care have been seen as successful in equipping them to develop their ability to better understand and work with the emotional and mental health needs of young people

Later he took on the role of leading and managing CAMHS teams so the focus of work moved towards the development and support of staff to deliver care to others.

Rebecca Rice

Education Psychologist

Chartered Psychologist (C Psychol), Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)

Background & Key Qualifications/Experience:

An Independent Chartered Psychologist and Practitioner Psychologist with more than 20 years’ experience in Educational Psychology, Rebecca utilises extensive knowledge of psychological assessment and intervention to identity and reinforce positive aspects of learning, encompassing a wide age and ability range of children and young people with learning difficulties.

Rebecca’s professional interest entails preparation and delivery of learning programs for children on subjects ranging from dyslexia, dyscalculia, memory skills, PDA, ASD, emotional communication, attention, anger and behaviour management. Her work has been commissioned by schools, parents, local authorities, as well as other agencies. In addition to her work in schools, Rebecca is an in-demand speaker, lecturer, trainer and facilitator for both professionals and students in education.

Before setting up as an Independent Chartered Psychologist in May 2012, Rebecca began as a main grade educational psychologist with Kent Educational Psychology Service, becoming a senior educational psychologist in 2007.

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