Services for Professionals


As a Clinical Psychologist with 30 years’ experience working in mental health services, Dr Esmoreit Sleyster is an experienced consultant and supervisor who can provide consultation and supervision for Counsellors, Clinical Psychologists, general health professionals, mental health professionals, social care practitioners and researchers who would like a psychological perspective on their work. Dr Sleyster has also obtained a Clinical Ph.D. in consultation and has undertaken substantial further training in consultation and coaching. Her approach predominantly draws on the Systems Psychodynamic approach and incorporates person-centred and solution-focused strategies.

Consultation and psychological supervision can be invaluable to help practitioners reflect on clinical presentations and relationship factors pertaining to casework or its impact on professionals, networks and organisations.

The main difference between consultation and supervision regards the level of responsibility for the quality of care the client receives. In supervision, the supervisor is ultimately responsible and has a ‘duty of care’ for the client. They will therefore require as much pertinent information as possible to make informed recommendations for the practitioner to act on. The supervisee is accountable to the supervisor for the quality of their clinical practice. In consultation, the responsibility and ‘duty of care’ remains with the practitioner and the purpose of professional consultation is to continue professional growth and development as well as provide access to collegial input on specific cases. However, there is no evaluative component and no obligation to comply with what the consultant recommends.

The approach of the consultation or supervision will be discussed and agreed at the beginning of the work and will depend upon your needs, preferences and personal style.

Individual consultation and supervision can be arranged either at the office of Child Psychology Sussex in Lewes or at the office of the individual practitioner. At request, telephone or Skype sessions can be offered once the supervision contract has been clarified and agreed.

Consultation and supervision can also be provided to groups of staff who either work together or have similar roles, at a venue to be agreed upon. Dr Esmoreit Sleyster strives to facilitate a small, safe and supportive group of practitioners who develop a collaborative working relationship, each bringing a thoughtful contribution to the group experience. Practitioners bring case work in roughly equal rotation and can benefit not only from Dr Sleyster’s input but also the collaborative exploration with the group, which of course also includes the observation, reflection and participation of Dr Sleyster.

As with all of our services we carefully evaluate our consultation and supervision to ensure that we are meeting your needs and to adapt the process if necessary.

Prices for consultation and supervision sessions are charged at £85 per hour for individuals and £45 per person for group supervision/consultation of 90 minutes duration. We are happy to provide a written quotation at request.

Please get in touch for further information on these services, or to discuss your individual requirements.


Child Psychology Sussex offers a range of different training courses to statutory and non-statutory organisations across the UK.

Dr Esmoreit Sleyster has obtained a First Degree in Teaching Social Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Since then she has facilitated numerous training projects for a wide variety of professional groups, both in her work for the NHS as well as in her private practice. For example, she has taught at the University of Maryland at Bentwaters and at the University of Sussex, and has been commissioned as a Training Provider for West Sussex County Council since May 2008.

We recognise that theory and understanding are not enough on their own, so our training workshops make every effort to provide practical ideas for working with children, young people and adults.

Examples of Training Courses:

  • Essentials of Attachment. A one day course that provides an introduction to attachment theory, brain development and management strategies
    Attachment Plus. A four day course that provides an advanced understanding of the impact of trauma on attachment and brain development; psychological and behavioural problems resulting from attachment difficulties and vicarious trauma. The training also provides and practices strategies to support children and young people who have attachment difficulties
  • The impact of Trauma and how to develop trauma informed services
  • ADHD and its management
  • Understanding Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Sexually Harmful Behaviour. A one day course to raise awareness of the continuum of sexual behaviours displayed by young people and explore helpful responses
  • Child sexual exploitation. This one day introductory course considers the signs and impact of child sexual exploitation and what to do if professionals have concerns about a child
  • Helping children cope with separation and loss
  • Developing self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Managing extreme feelings. This one day course helps professionals support children develop emotional self-regulation skills, for example to manage more extreme anger, anxiety and self-harm. Professionals are also supported to recognise strong feelings they themselves may experience in working with traumatised or challenging children (vicarious trauma) and consider self-support strategies to strengthen their resilience
  • Mental health problems in childhood and adolescence. A one day introductory course to consider a range of mental health problems and what to do if professionals have concerns about a child
  • Counselling skills training. This one day course is for professionals who want to increase their knowledge and skills in communicating with children and adults
  • Solution-Focused therapeutic interventions
  • Coaching in the work place. A one day introductory course on core coaching competencies for managers who provide coaching to individual members of staff in their workplace, informed by the Systems Psychodynamic approach.
  • Introduction to consultation and the role of the consultant. A one day introductory course for professionals who provide staff team support, informed by the Systems Psychodynamic approach.

We are also able to provide tailor-made packages of training to suit any specific training needs you might have within your particular context and setting.

Please contact us to discuss your training requirements.