Who we are

The co-founders of Invigorate

Helen Gibson is a UKCP Registered Systemic Psychotherapist and Systemic Supervisor. She is an accredited National AVIGuk trainer and supervisor and a Board Member for AVIGuk. She has 25 years experience of working in the field of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Now as a freelance Trainer and Supervisor she offers training and supervision into a variety of organisations including Education, Social Care, Charitable and NHS. Helen is a tutor on a CYP-IAPT 0-5’s post-graduate diploma at Exeter University.

Martin Elliott is a practising Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) and has worked in the field of Child and Adolescent Mental Health for over 25 years as a Clinical Team Manager and Clinical Nurse Specialist. He is accredited as an advanced trainer/supervisor in Video Interaction Guidance with AVIGuk and has undertaken further training relevant to this area e.g in Family Therapy, Non Violent Resistance Training (NVR) and Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT). Martin currently works in a Specialist Safeguarding Assessment Service within the NHS.

Helen and Martin have worked together since they met in 1995 when they began their VIG training. They discovered that they had much in common including a passion for strength based approaches to working with individuals, couples, families and professionals. Whilst they have been working in their full time NHS posts they have been developing, planning and experimenting with their ideas. They both aim to deliver high quality, respectful therapy, training and supervision that can be evidenced in the testimonials they receive. (See client experience).

Wider Network

Dr Alison SankAlison Sankeyey is a recently retired child and adolescent psychiatrist having worked as an NHS consultant in the Southampton, Wilts and  Hampshire areas  for the last 30 years. She has extensive experience in working with families and the difficulties they encounter using a range of skills including group, family and cognitive therapy approaches’.




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Dr Joanna Chapman has worked as a parent-infant therapist for the Oxford Parent Infant Project  (OXPIP) since 2012. Prior to this, she trained as a clinical psychologist and has 10 years’ experience of working in the NHS in child and adolescent mental health services and with children with special needs. She is a qualified practitioner and trainee supervisor in video interaction guidance, and co-founder of the Monmouthshire-based charity, TASCS (Training in Autism Spectrum Conditions).



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