about me :
LOUISE DURRANT MSc
I am a UKCP registered Systemic Psychotherapist (MSc) and a qualified Systemic Supervisor. I was previously registered as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse (RMN 1999-2008). As you would expect, I am fully insured with an enhanced DBS clearance.
Following my student days at Sunderland University obtaining a Degree (BSc Hons, 1996) in Health Studies, and completing my nurse training at York University in 1999, I began my nursing career as an inpatient Psychiatric Nurse initially in private healthcare and then in 2002 I moved to the National Health Service, specialising in adolescent mental health. I nursed young people with a wide range of mental health conditions and risks, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety, Self-harm, Depression, Psychosis and Eating Disorders.
In 2006 I ventured out into the community as a Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN) in a local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) clinic. I began working more with the parents and families of young people who were also experiencing significant distress whilst loving and caring for their child with emotional and/or mental health needs. In 2004 I obtained a Diploma in Parent Group Intervention skills and began facilitating Parent and Carer Support Groups in the community.
Whilst working as a CAMHS CPN I began training at The Institute of Family Therapy and The University of London for a Masters (MSc) in Systemic Psychotherapy and successfully qualified in 2008. I was fortunate to then be employed by the NHS as a Systemic Family Psychotherapist until 2017. During this time I became a member of the Association of Family Therapy (AFT) and took a key role in developing the North Essex AFT branch.
In 2014 we became parents to our daughter and soon after to our son in 2016. These changes in my personal life informed my decision in 2017 to work part-time, returning to an inpatient healthcare setting and in 2020 I began working at a local charity, KidsInspire. I recently left the inpatient Systemic Psychotherapist and Supervisor, role at Priory, Chelmsford to develop my independent practice based in Chelmsford at Therapy Together. I continue to work part-time as a Systemic Psychotherapist and Case Manager at KidsInspire. During these career developments I have increased and broadened my clinical experience and knowledge working with couples, young adults and healthcare professionals.
In 2012 I qualified as a Systemic Psychotherapy Supervisor, in addition to obtaining a previous qualification 'Preparing educators and mentors'. These supervisory and training qualifications enable me to provide formal clinical supervision for other professionals, groups, teams and/or organisations, and to be recognised as a senior clinician. .
I also provide peer supervision with my colleagues and I attend my own monthly Systemic clinical supervision with a qualified, registered Consultant Systemic Psychotherapist. Clinical supervision ensures my own clinical practice remains of a high standard and that I am supported with my clinical work. All cases discussed in any supervision are made anonymous to maintain clinical and client confidentiality.