OUR DISTINGUISHED PATRON AND TRUSTEES ARE LEADING SPECIALISTS IN THE FIELD OF LEARNING DISABILITY AND COME FROM A RANGE OF PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUNDS.
David O’ Driscoll (IPD Chair) works as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist for Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. This involves individual and group work with service users with an intellectual disability as well as training and consultancy to staff teams. His background prior to working in NHS has been in social work with over twenty-five years of experience. He is conveyor for the intellectual disability section of the Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the National Health Service (APP), a founder member of the Institute of Disability and Psychotherapy (IPD) and is its current chair. He is also a member of the Social History of the Intellectual Disability Research Group based at The Open University. David is also a Visiting Research Fellow at Centre for Intellectual Disability Research, Hertfordshire University.
Georgina Parkes (IPD Secretary) is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Intellectual Disability working in both inpatient and community settings. She also supervises trainee psychiatrists in psycho-dynamic psychotherapy. She is a co-opted council member for the learning disability section of the Association of Psycho-analytic Psychotherapy in the NHS (APP). She has worked in medical management, is a trained mentor, other special interests include gender dysphoria and intellectual disability.
Dr Angelina Veiga is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (MACP), Adult Psychotherapist (reg. UKCP) and Disability Psychotherapist (MIPD). She trained at The Tavistock Centre. She has worked in CAMHS and in schools as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, and in several specialist trauma organisations as an Adult Psychotherapist. Her approach is psychoanalytically and developmentally informed.
Angelina has a special interest in complex trauma, gender, disability and early childhood development. She works in private practice in London seeing children, adolescents and adults. She also works in a specialist NHS service seeing children, young people and their families. She has been on the IPD management committee for the last 9 years and is a founder member of Disability Psychotherapy Ireland.
Dr Valerie Sinason (IPD President) is an Adult Psychoanalyst and Child Psychotherapist registered with both the BCP and UKC psychotherapy registers. She is currently Director of the Clinic for Dissociative Studies. She is an Honorary Consultant psychotherapist to the Cape Town Child Guidance Clinic, University of Cape Town Psychology Department and External Consultant Supervisor to Respond. She specialises in disability, trauma and abuse and has been used as an expert in court cases. She has written extensively on psychotherapy, disability and abuse, with over 70 published peer-reviewed papers, chapters and books. She is also a widely published and anthologised poet, with two full-length collections. She was a Consultant Child Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic where she worked from 1987 to 1999; Consultant Psychotherapist at both the Anna Freud and Portman Clinics from 1994-1997; and Consultant Research Psychotherapist/Psychoanalyst at St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London, Psychiatry of Disability Department 1994-2006.
Shula Wilson was born in a kibbutz in the melting pot of the emerging state of Israel, she started her working life as a teacher in villages of Kurds, North Africans and Iranian immigrants. After graduating in Philosophy and Literature she spent few years teaching in London. Back in Israel she was involved in experiential teaching and setting up the Adult Literary Scheme. Since coming back to London while managing Local Government services for disabled people she qualified as a psychotherapist and became involved in training as a lecturer and course leader in Regent¹s College School of Psychotherapy and Counselling. Her particular interests are in issues of power and equality in systems such as institutions and therapeutic relationships, Personal Narrative and also in the interface between art and therapy. She is the founder and the clinical director of SKYLARK, Counselling and Psychotherapy for People affected by Disability and a committee member of Multi Lingual Psychotherapy Centre, and a trustee- director of The Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability. She has contributed chapters to ‘Lost Childhood and the Language of Exile edited Judith Szekacs and Ivan Ward’ The Freud Museum 2004 and to ‘Difference and diversity in counselling Edited by Sue Wheeler Palgrave macmillan 2006. She is the author of ‘Disability, Counselling and Psychotherapy’ Challenges and Opportunities’ Palgrave Macmillan 2003. Since 2003 she has been involved in developing counselling and psychotherapy as part of the education services provided by Centre Academy and Northway School for children with special education needs.
Dr. Eimir McGrath is an accredited psychotherapist and supervisor (Irish Council for Psychotherapy; Irish Association for Psychotherapy and Play Therapy, founder member and former chairperson) specializing in attachment issues and complex trauma. She has worked psychotherapeutically with both children and adults with disabilities in a wide variety of educational and clinical settings and was Senior Play Therapist for St. Michael’s House, Dublin (2005-13).
Eimir is in private practice in Dublin and also provides external psychotherapy, supervision and consultancy to various public service agencies and disability services in Ireland. She is a researcher, lecturer and trainer in several disciplines including psychotherapy, play therapy, critical disability studies and dance. Her published works focus on the theoretical application of interpersonal neurobiology to the psychotherapeutic process; the role of creative arts in psychotherapy; and the critical analysis of perceptions of disability within society.