Suzanne Cerfontyne

Family and systemic psychotherapist, Newbridge House

Sue Cerfontyne retired from her post as Head of Family and Systemic Psychotherapy in Birmingham Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in November, 2011, having worked for the service for 26 years.

During this time, she had worked as a Consultant Family Therapist in both community and in-patient contexts. For eight years she undertook work based at Parkview Clinic, Moseley, a regional CAMHS in-patient unit.

Sue’s clinical work for CAMHS involved children and young people referred with a wide range of complex and challenging mental health difficulties, including eating disorders.

On taking up the lead post of Head of Family Therapy, Sue added to her existing community management responsibility the management, strategic planning and clinical aspects of the Family Therapy provision throughout both community and inpatient Birmingham CAMHS.

In addition to her clinical, supervisory and managerial practice, Sue was a tutor/trainer on the qualifying course for Family and Systemic Psychotherapy, University of Birmingham, for eight years, and continues as a member of staff on the MSc programme.

Sue has professional registration with United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist, and the Association of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT) as a Systemic Supervisor. She was for many years a National Assessor for AFT and is also a member of the Professional Affairs Committee. In addition to clinical practice, Sue continues to undertake freelance Systemic supervision, training and consultation.