Profiles of key members of staff can be found below
Sue Simmons (RGN, RMN)
Sue Simmons has been manager and lead nurse of Althea Park House, a unique nurse lead inpatient Adolescent Eating Disorder Service since August 2002. She brings an extensive wealth of experience having worked in the private and public health sectors since 1982.
After 10 years practising in general nursing she completed a post registered RMN training. Since 1992 she has focused in the difficult and challenging field of eating disorders working in 4 different services with adolescents and adults across London and the South East.
She is a recognised clinical specialist in the area of eating disorders. She has attended many specific Eating Disorder Training Courses including post registration courses such as Advanced General Course in Group Analysis and Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training. She has taught ENB post registration courses, student nurses at degree level and DNN students. She has presented and run workshops at many national and international conferences and frequently presents at the Child & Adolescent Eating Disorder Special Interest Forum at the Royal College of Psychiatry. Sue has also provided psycho-education for young people and families in Eating Disorders Units and schools through Personal Social & Health Education in the school curriculum and parent evenings.
Sue continues to remain intrigued and challenged by the complex process of devising and leading a service that can combine both innovative and good evidence based practice with an excellent therapeutic milieu that can enable the process of recovery.
Julie Martell (SROT Dip.OT, BSc.Hons)
Julie Martell, Senior Practitioner at Althea Park House started her career in health as an Occupational Therapist after completing a post graduate diploma in London .
Julie practised in many areas of mental health prior to starting work with Eating Disorders in 1998. Julie has since worked in three Eating Disorder Services in the public and private sectors, with both adult adolescent and adult clients. Prior to Althea Park House Julie worked as a senior member of staff in the multi disciplinary teams and had additional responsibility for co-ordinating and developing extensive therapeutic group programmes for both ‘in’ and ‘day’ patients. During this time she also researched, devised and implemented an obesity out-patient programme and was primary care manager for these adults. She has also presented at National Conferences and Child & Adolescent Eating Disorder Special Interest Forum.
Julie is now a recognised clinical specialist in the area of Eating Disorders and enjoys the continued challenge that the role of Senior Practitioner offers.
Kelly Avery (RMN)
Kelly Avery is a registered Mental Health Nurse, completed in Chelmsford , Essex , with nine years experience working within the Mental Health field in both private and public health sectors. This has included in-patient and community adult mental health and, more extensively, in-patient and community child and adolescent mental health in London , Essex and Gloucestershire.
Kelly has a particular interest in the developmental psychology of adolescents and how this manifests within those that develop chronic and enduring eating disorders, which poses an ongoing challenge to her practice. She also has an interest in psychopharmacology and alternatives available for adolescents. She regularly attends and presents at the Child & Adolescent Eating Disorder Special Interest Forum at the Royal College of Psychiatry in London . This is the second specialised eating disorder service she has worked for and has been in the position of Senior Nurse Practitioner at this unique nurse lead inpatient service since September 2003.
Mandy Cowley has worked at Althea Park House since its inception in 1997. During this time she has developed extensive experience of working with treatment resistant adolescents with complex eating disorders and other co-morbidities.
After completing her NNEB training and gaining certificates in child development, Mandy has incorporated these skills into her practice including dealing with the developmental delay issues commonly displayed in young people with Anorexia Nervosa.
Mandy has attended national ED conferences and has completed NVQ4 in Childcare and is an assessor for staff completing NVQ training on our unit.
Due to Mandy’s wealth of experience and training she is currently works alongside the Senior Practitioners and the Unit Manager as part of the Althea Park House management team.
Peter Kelly BEd; DPSE(Special Needs); DipPsych is a UKCP / UKATC
Peter Kelly is a registered psychotherapist with over twelve years of psychotherapy experience under his belt. Initially a Special Needs teacher, he moved on to manage therapeutic residential services for severely damaged young people. He began his psychotherapy training in 1992 at the Northern Guild for Psychotherapy, qualifying with a Diploma in Psychotherapy (TA/Integrative) in 1999. More recently, he has been training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, with Dan Hughes, at the Family Futures Consortium, in London . Peter also receives his clinical supervision in London .
Peter has worked as a psychotherapist in an NHS medical practice in Leeds , and has co-run psychotherapy groups in Moscow through the Northern Guild for Psychotherapy. He has also worked therapeutically with families.
Until the summer of 2002, He was regional head of education and residential care for a national organisation providing services for severely emotionally damaged young people, having worked in various capacities for the organisation since early 1995 .
He now provides training, consultation and direct psychotherapy services to a range of childcare organisations, as well as running a private practice for adults and young people. Currently, Peter has a great interest in Attachment disorders and disruptions ; how these affect people with a wide range of initial presenting problems – and how to work with them.
Peter joined Athea Park Services in January 2003, providing individual psychotherapy for clients, as well as clinical support to the staff teams.