Practitioner in DDP, Consultant in DDP, Trainer in DDP

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DDP Connects UK

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Billy Smythe


United Kingdom


Billy completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2009 and held NHS roles in a therapeutic fostering service and a mental health team for looked after and adopted children before joining Phoenix Psychology in September 2012. Until 2021, Billy headed the child services at Phoenix, where he developed and led a team offering assessments and therapy for children and young people with attachment difficulties and developmental trauma.

Billy started his DDP journey by attending DDP Level 1 training in 2013 and went on to be supported by Kim Golding to become a DDP Practitioner and DDP Consultant. In 2019, Billy became a DDP Trainer and joined the Board of Directors with DDP Connects UK and DDPI.

Since 2021 Billy has worked independently offering DDP consultation, training and DDP supervision. Billy consults with a range of NHS. social care and independent organisations around the UK to help them embed DDP practice across all levels of their services. Billy is passionate about bringing DDP practice to life in organisations, supporting others to develop their DDP skills and demonstrating that services for children and families can, and should be, built around an approach which has understanding and connected relationships at heart.

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