Janet Dewhurst

I come from bi-lingual (English and German) heritage, was born in Sweden and have had the good fortune to live in many different countries and cultures and to share in the stories and experiences of people in all walks of life. I believe fundamentally in the need for and the richness of communication.  For many years I have represented writers and directors in the creative industries: our storytellers, interpreters and communicators.

I am a Cognitive Analytic Therapist (Postgraduate Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner Diploma, ACAT and Sheffield Hallam University, 2016). I love this form of therapy: it is an integrative, democratic and very practical synthesis of psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic approaches, accessible by and applicable to a wide client base, both in mental health and on a much broader organisational level.

Within mental health, CAT has good evidence-based outcomes in complex presentations such as eating disorders or borderline personality disorder (see www.acat.me.uk). I work with these client groups in the NHS for the Integrated Psychological Therapies Team, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and also in my private practice.

I have a particular interest in a field where communication can be much more of a challenge, namely bereavement.  Death comes to us all but many of us have limited capacity to deal with its life-changing impact. I work in the voluntary sector for Cruse Bereavement Care, Richmond-upon-Thames providing: 1-1 support for children, young people and adults; as a group facilitator for closed-ended bereavement support groups; and as a clinical supervisor for bereavement volunteers.  I also supervise group facilitators for Facing the Future, a nationwide joint Cruse Bereavement Care/Samaritans group support project funded by the Department of Health for those specifically bereaved through suicide https://www.facingthefuturegroups.org/Home.

I consider it a privilege to accompany people at times of their lives when their normal support and communication systems are no longer effective and to work out with them how to meet the challenges of their tomorrows.