Meet the Counselling and Psychotherapy Team

Andrew Balfour

Chief Executive Officer
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Meet Andrew Balfour

Biography

Andrew Balfour is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist trained to work with couples and individuals and is also qualified as a clinical psychologist. He has many years’ experience of working psychotherapeutically with couples, developing new projects and conducting research. He has published many papers in the field and has taught and lectured widely both in Britain and abroad. Andrew was appointed CEO in May 2016.

Liz Hamlin

Joint Head of Clinical Services – Quality Assurance
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Meet Liz Hamlin

Liz Hamlin
Joint Head of Clinical Services – Quality Assurance

Biography

Liz Hamlin is Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council and is a member of our Alumni body as well as a member of the BPC’s Professional Standards Committee. She has worked with couples since 1990 and qualified as a couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist in 2008. Liz has been a Visiting Clinician at Tavistock Relationships for many years working with couples, supervising practitioners and delivering training. In 2010 Liz took up the role of Clinical Lead in an IAPT Service managing a team of therapists delivering therapy in 15 GP surgeries in Ashford, Kent. Liz has a special interest in working with couples and individuals facing divorce and separation and is a member of the Divorce and Separation Consultation Service. She is a student on TR’s Professional Doctorate Programme looking to research the experience of older couples going through the process of divorce. She extended her initial training as a Couple Counsellor with East Kent Relate through being involved in setting up a service called Relateen for adolescents whose parents were going through divorce or separation. Liz has been an IAPT Couple Therapy for Depression Trainer and Supervisor having been involved in TR’s development of the training since its inception in 2010. In her new role as Joint Head of Clinical Service, Liz will be involved in allocations, consultation on complex cases and in addition would take a specific role in quality assurance, including dealing with client feedback, informal complaints, outcome monitoring, and involvement is policies and procedures.

Kate Thompson

Joint Head of Clinical Services and Head of Couple Therapy for Depression, Projects and Business Development
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Meet Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson
Joint Head of Clinical Services and Head of Couple Therapy for Depression, Projects and Business Development

Training

Couple Therapy for Depression Practitioner Training and Supervisor Training

Biography

Formerly an executive producer in the factual department at the BBC, Kate Thompson is a couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist, faculty staff member and clinical lecturer at the Tavistock Relationships (TR). Formerly Head of Strategic Development at TR, Kate moved into a Head of Clinical Services role, with specific remit in development of the service and clinical responsibility across TR’s many projects. Alongside Head of Clinical Services, Kate is continuing her role as the Project Head for Couple Therapy for Depression Training of NHS practitioners nationally and clinical lead on Behavioural Couples Therapy for Alcohol Dependence. During her time on staff at TR, Kate has formerly also worked in TR’s mentalization-based therapy service, Parents in Dispute, TR’s specialist adoption service, and supervised TR’s violence project in Harrow and Parents as Partners, a group intervention for couples. Kate is registered with BPC and BACP and is a member of TR’s Alumni body. She runs CPDs in psychoanalytic psychotherapy for couples, aiming to include a wide audience, trained in different modalities and writes and reviews for a variety of publications. She co-edited ‘Engaging Couples: New Directions in Therapeutic Work with Families’, alongside Chris Clulow and Andrew Balfour, published by Routledge, 2018.
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