Kay Gittins leads the Family Therapy and family support service, which are integral to treatment and care at Newbridge House. Kay is a highly experienced Family and Systemic Psychotherapist and a member of the teaching staff delivering the Birmingham Training Programme in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice in association with the University of Birmingham.
Kay is a qualified nurse, who specialised in support for people with learning disabilities before training as a Family Therapist. Completing her training in 2006, Kay then took up a post in a Staffordshire hospital working as a Family Therapist with children and young people facing complex, significant problems including eating disorders.
She then moved to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Birmingham, primarily based in the highly specialist inpatient service. In this role, Kay introduced an innovative approach to creating a supportive and collaborative network of parents and carers within the unit.
Kay is experienced in working with a wide range of different family groups, supporting them to implement techniques and methods to affect positive change. This includes the Family Based Treatment Model in eating disorders, which is recommended in NICE guidelines.