To introduce myself, I’m Dr Jess Parffrey, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist now working with Families for Children for 2 days a week. I’m delighted to become part of the therapeutic team at Families for Children and have had close links with the adoption agency for many years, having completed my university research project with the agency back in 2003!
A little about me: My background has been in Child & Adolescent Mental Health services since 2002 having worked in numerous NHS settings across the South West before specialising in working with Children in Care, adoption and any child living with alternative parents or with residential care staff.
Having left the NHS, I now practice as an independent clinician but have maintained my passion and commitment to those young people who are adopted and to those who parent and love them. I work in several ways providing assessment, therapy, training and consultation to all those involved with children who have attachment difficulties and have experienced traumatic early childhoods. This means you will hear me talk about an Attachment-Trauma informed way of working and it is this model that I utilise to support professionals and parents alike.
I strive to work in a collaborative and accessible manner with a desire to create shared stories that help parents understand their children and improve family well-being. Alongside direct work with families, I endeavour to build knowledge and expertise in FFC adoption social workers of mental health and the impact of Developmental Trauma. Thus, you may have contact with me in many ways – including during the assessment stage, at matching, within introductions, identification of placement plans and then within ongoing adoption support needs. I am trained in PACE, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Neuropsychology, Child Development, Theraplay and other relevant models of child intervention.
Facilitation of Therapeutic Parenting courses for parents is a way of engaging in meaningful and reflective ways and I enjoy delivering training to parents. I look forward to continuing the development of my role and feel excited to be given this opportunity.