Claudia McLoughlin

Claudia trained at the Tavistock Centre and qualified as a Psychoanalytic Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist in January 2002. Her training included working with parents, families and groups as well as individual children and young people, and also qualifies her to teach, supervise and consult to other professionals and organisations in the health- education- social care and voluntary sectors. Prior to her therapeutic training, Claudia worked as a Primary Teacher and Special Needs Coordinator in a number of Inner London mainstream and special schools for eight years. She also spent two years working for an organisation called 'Voluntary Service Overseas' (VSO) in Nepal, as a teacher trainer.

Since then, Claudia has accumulated over ten years CAMHS clinical and managerial experience based in Islington, in a large NHS Child and Family Service which included substantial outreach work into mainstream and specialist schools and units. Her work at the clinic and in schools included both time limited and open-ended psychotherapy treatments with individual children and young people, as well as more eclectic and flexible parent- and / or family-work according to people's specific needs and situations.

Managerially, Claudia was a Team Manager in a clinic based multidisciplinary team, and the Deputy Team Manager of the Outreach into Education Service, which involved coordinating therapeutic and consultation input into several pupil referral units (for children and young people excluded from mainstream school). She supervised clinicians within her own discipline as well as Clinical Psychologists, Family Therapists and an Art Therapist within these teams.

Claudia has taught as a Visiting Lecturer on a variety of post graduate courses at the Tavistock Centre, including Infant- and Young Child Observation, Work Discussion and aspects of applying psychoanalytic ways of working to educational settings. She has also recently taught for two academic years on the Birkbeck College 'Psychoanalytic Counselling for Children and Young People' Course. She has published two peer reviewed papers about aspects of her work in professional journals, contributed a book chapter to the Handbook of Child Psychotherapy and an online lecture for a Tavistock Masters Course about working psychotherapeutically in educational settings. She co-presented papers about this aspect of her work at two international Conferences, in Naples and Paris. She also spent several years on the editorial board of the Bulletin of Child Psychotherapy, a monthly internal publication of her professional organisation.

Over the past two and a half years, Claudia has gradually moved into freelance work. This has so far included therapeutic work and staff consultation in a special school for children with severe emotional and behavioural difficulties, individual and group supervision of other professionals, and psychotherapy, family- and parent work in private practice, often with children, young people and families with complex and longstanding emotional difficulties. Claudia is also a Volunteer Psychotherapist at the Baobab Centre, a local charity offering therapy and advocacy for young refugees who have arrived in the U.K. alone.

Claudia has a particular interest in finding creative ways of working with problems which feel stuck and are resistant to change. This may involve working with children and young people individually either short- or long term, or offering regular parent or family work.

Claudia McLoughlin, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
Office: 47, St John’s Wood High Street, London NW8 7NJ
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Claudia McLoughin

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