Kim Golding



Practitioner in DDP, Consultant in DDP, Trainer in DDP

Membership Number


DDP Connects UK

Board role




Kim Golding


BSc, MSc, D. Clin. Psy. AFBPsS


United Kingdom


Kim Golding is a Clinical Psychologist working in Worcestershire, England. Apart from a break when her own children were young Kim has worked with children and families within the NHS since her training was completed in 1985. This has involved working with a range of families in a range of situations. Throughout this experience Kim has always been interested in parenting, and collaborating with parents or carers to develop their parenting skills tailored to the particular needs of the children they are caring for. Additionally Kim is keen to promote the emotional and social needs of children in school settings. Learning and mental health will both improve if we pay more attention to these needs throughout the child’s school career.

Kim is proud to have been involved in the setting up and evaluation of the Integrated Service for Looked After Children. ISL is a multi-agency, holistic service, jointly provided and managed by Health and Children’s Services. The service provides support for foster, adoptive and residential parents, schools and the range of professionals around the children growing up in care or in adoptive families.

Kim has been fortunate in this work to have been trained and mentored by Dan Hughes in the use of DDP; both as a therapy and a framework for communicating with and helping families of children who have experienced early trauma from within their family. Kim currently sits on the board of the DDP institute and is involved in accrediting and training other professionals in this approach. Kim, alongside a small group of colleagues, is actively developing DDP within the UK.

As a child Kim was always inventing stories, a pleasure she has passed on to her own children as they made up stories walking to and from school. Communicating through story and through the written and spoken word has therefore been an important part of Kim’s journey as a Clinical Psychologist both through training and group work as well as through writing. Kim is author of Nurturing Attachments: Supporting Children who are Fostered and Adopted, co-author with Dan Hughes of Creating Loving Attachments: Parenting with Pace and lead author of two observational checklists designed for use in educational settings, Observing Children with Attachment Difficulties in Preschool Settings (for children aged 0-4) and Observing Children with Attachment Difficulties in School (for children aged 5-11). She has additionally written a group work programme to use with foster carers and adopters; The Nurturing Attachments Training Resource. All of these have been published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She is currently working on a book of short therapeutic stories for children, their parents and the practitioners who support them.


Email address

Phone number

01905 752819


The Pines
Bilford Road


Worcestershire, West Midlands, England