Ben Gurney-Smith


Administrative Note

From August 2015, Ben has the Board role of Research Co-ordinator, a role he shares with Sian Phillips.

Board Role

Research Co-ordinator


Practitioner in DDP

Membership Number




Ben Gurney-Smith


BSc. (Hons). Psychology D.Clin.Psych.


United Kingdom


Dr Ben Gurney-Smith is a consultant clinical psychologist who currently leads the Therapy Service at Adoptionplus in a pioneering approach to supporting families and treating the effects of maltreatment on their adopted children. He has extensive experience of working with the unique needs of looked after and adopted children across a range of settings complimented by his work as an expert witness in care proceedings.

Alongside his clinical practice, he has overseen interventions that area informed by understanding of attachment at the psychological and neurobiological levels leading innovation in the evaluation of the `Nurturing Attachments Group’ by Kim Golding and the development of mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for adopters to understand how this may help address parenting stress directly. His research interests focuses on what makes adoptive parenting unique and has led directly to service innovations such as MBCT for adopters.

Ben is a Consultant for Clover Child Care Services in Norfolk which has had consecutive outstanding Ofsted inspections and a dedication to delivering DDP informed care and parenting.