Elizabeth Hawthorn

Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
Specialist Consultant locality based Psychotherapist for the Clinic for Dissociative Studies (London)

For more information, please telephone us on Freephone
0330 050 1620

I have been qualified as a child psychotherapist for ten years.

I have varied work experience, from the NHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health – CAMHS), as a school therapist and as an independent practitioner. In this work I offer work for children and parents and young children who have started school. I supervise other professionals.

I worked on a National RCT on Depression in 11-18 year olds from 2010 to 2013. During this time I was based in a CAMHS team focussing on 16-18 year olds. I saw young people and parents. I co-ran a group to support those practitioners who were working with parents of young people on the study who had depression. I presented a paper on this group to an ACP conference. I provided supervision to those from other disciplines.

I became a psychotherapist for the Clinic for Dissociative Studies in 2015 and currently provide weekly individual therapy for people who have a diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder. I offer peer supervision for a psychiatrist colleague who had individuals with this kind of presentation on her case load.

Before training as a child psychoanalytic psychotherapist I worked as a teacher of children with learning disabilities and following that as a social worker.

Specialist areas

  • I have a good understanding of the effects of trauma and the ability to work with people who have DID.
  • I am skilled in working with people with learning disabilities including those on the autistic spectrum.
  • I have a lot of experience with children and families in care and on the edge of the care system.
  • I am particularly interested in working with parents.
  • I have a lot of experience in working with 16-18 year olds.


  • Masters in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy –
    Child and Adolescent Services, Tavistock Centre, London, 2007
  • M.A. in Social Work Studies -
    Hull University 1985
  • Certificate in Education -
    Teaching children with learning difficulties 1976

Days and hours of work

Tuesdays to Thursday – negotiable hours