Psychological therapy for children,
teenagers and families
Dr Jos Twist
Can you tell me a bit about your background?
I have worked in the field of mental health for over 15 years. I started working as an auxiliary nurse/support working during my university studies supporting people in a variety of settings, difficulties and ages. I then had Assistant Psychologist roles and worked as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner before graduating with a doctorate in Clinical Psychologist from Hertfordshire University. Whilst a large part of my role as a Clinical Psychologist involves supporting individuals and families I also teach, conduct research as well as writing and editing articles and publications on the topics of gender and sexuality.
What will it be like when I meet you?
When I meet a new client for the first time I am interested to hear about multiple aspects of their life. Not only why they are accessing support, but also what they enjoy, their aspirations and hopes for the future as well as a bit about their background. I believe that having an open, trusting relationship with one’s therapist is essential therefore I have a warm, flexible and friendly way of working. I have a lot of experience working with children, young people and families so playfulness, humour and creativity are also key values that I bring to my work.
What types of therapy do you use and what kind of difficulties do you help people with?
I have worked with people across of all ages and in multiple contexts; from in their homes, to high secure settings. I can offer one to one therapy, family work and I also have experience of running therapeutic groups.
I have considerable experience of working with people who are exploring aspects of their gender, sexuality and identity. Sometimes this has been the primary reason people have come to see me but I have also worked with people who have also been struggling with their mood and/or anxiety, often due to the context they are living in. I also have experience and interest in working with people who are neurodiverse, have unusual experiences (sometimes called psychosis) and/or had a traumatic brain injury.
I take an integrative approach to therapy, which means I use multiple models based on an individual’s (or family’s) needs and goals. Approaches that form a key basis for the way I work include Narrative Therapy, Systemic Therapy, Mentalisation Based Therapy, Personal Construct Psychology and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. My work is informed by feminist, intersectional and liberation psychology.
What do you enjoy outside of psychology?
One of the best things about finishing my clinical psychology training was that I had time to read more widely. My current favourite topics (outside of psychology, gender and sexuality) include earth-based spirituality, ethics and philosophy and how technology is going to shape our futures. When I am not reading (or writing) I enjoy spending time in green places, dancing, being involved in organising community events and spending time with my partner and/or friends.