Practitioner in DDP, Consultant in DDP, Trainer in DDP

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DDP Connects UK

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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 worked with children and families within the NHS since her training was completed in 1985 until she retired from the NHS in March 2015. This involved working with a range of families in a range of situations. From 1999 until 2015 Kim was proud to have been involved in the setting up, delivery and evaluation of the Integrated Service for Looked After Children; a multi-agency, holistic service, jointly provided and managed by Health and Children’s Services. The service provided support for foster, adoptive and residential parents, schools and the range of professionals around the children growing up in care or in adoptive families.
In 2015. Kim supported by husband Chris set up Kim S Golding Ltd to provide consultation, supervision and training to practitioners, teams and agencies within the UK and around the world. Kim also maintains a very small adult therapy and parenting support practice.
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 has been fortunate in her 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 group of colleagues, is actively developing DDP within the UK. She is a director of DDP Connects 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 has written a range of books informed by the DDP model. She is the co-author alongside Dan Hughes and Julie Hudson of 'Healing relational trauma with attachment-focused interventions. Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy with children and families' published in 2019. Additionally, Kim has developed two programmes which are endorsed by DDPI. These are published as 'The Nurturing Attachments Training Resource' and 'Foundations for Attachment Training Resource'.

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