• The Bestselling Author Of What Mothers Do

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I work from a calm room at my home near Alexandra Palace, north London. I use ordinary conversation, which seems to work on two levels, a rational level and a more feeling non-verbal one. Usually, when a client arrives and describes a particular dilemma, I ask very simple questions which enable the client to focus on what she or he genuinely values and wants from life, and to see new possible options.
I see clients with all kinds of difficulties, though I specialise in seeing mothers, or parent couples. I am an existential counsellor and psychothearapist, accredited by the UKCP and BACP, and I teach at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling in London.

I have contributed a chapter with my husband, Anthony Stadlen, ‘Families’, which is published in Existential Perspectives on Human Issues, A Handbook for Therapeutic Practice edited by Emmy van Deurzen and Claire Arnold-Baker. London: Palgrave Macmillan 2005.
I have also contributed a chapter ‘The Challenge of Intimacy: Fear of the Other’ which is published in Existential Perspectives on Relationship Therapy edited by Emmy van Deurzen and Susan Iacovou. London: Palgrave Macmillan 2013.
My article, ‘Mothers at the Cutting Edge of Science’, on mothers as counsellors and psychotherapists, was published in the Journal of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (CPJ), July 2004.

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