Cynthia Hamlin

Cynthia Hamlin, Family and Couple Psychotherapist

BA (Hons), CQSW, BSc in Systemic Family Therapy, Certificate in Systemic Supervision

Cynthia has more than 25 years experience of working therapeutically with individuals, couples, families and other relationship groups in a wide range of independent and statutory settings, including voluntary sector agencies providing support to families and within the Family Court service. Over the past 10 years Cynthia has worked in NHS services for children and families, developing her knowledge and skills in working with young people and families facing the challenges of self-harm, eating disorders and other forms of severe emotional and psychological distress.

Cynthia is a fully qualified family therapist and a UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) registered therapist and supervisor. She is also a member of the Association of Family Therapy. As part of her UKCP Registration she maintains a focus on her own supervision and professional development and is actively involved in providing formal supervision to others engaged in therapeutic work. She organises and facilitates workshops and training for family therapy students and other professionals wishing to develop systemic understandings and skills in working with children and families. She has also participated in a number of national research programmes looking at the application of systemic family therapy, most recently as part of a University of Leeds project focusing on self-harm among children and young people.

She is a firm believer in taking a collaborative approach in her work, drawing on the strengths and resources that exist within families, couples and individuals, recognising that identifying and building on these existing strengths and resources, which may be ‘hidden’ at times of crisis, is often at the heart of achieving the changes sought.

Assessment and report writing for courts, from a systemic perspective, were an integral part of her work experience for some 15 years and she continues to have an interest in this area.

Other areas of particular interest to her are the issues and difficulties experienced by children, couples and families in reconstituted, adoptive or fostering families, as well as families who, for a variety of reasons, have become dislocated from their native land and home. Cynthia was born in Argentina and is equally fluent in English and Spanish.

Cynthia is available to undertake short, medium or long term therapeutic work and is also available for consultation. She is open to discuss any work referred and committed to ensure what she offers is always in the best interest of those seeking consultation.