Executive Team Members - Brief Profiles
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Chair - Dr Mario Marrone
Vice Chair – Dr Tirril Harris
Vice Chair – Linda Quigley
Formerly an IAN psychiatrist, Mario Marrone is a psychoanalyst and group analyst.
He has had clinical supervision with John Bowlby for a period of ten years.
He has been co-founder of IAN (United Kingdom) and IAN Ibero-American.
He speaks English, Italian and Spanish and has lectured and published internationally.
Tirril Harris divides her time between clinical work in private practice with adults and research in Social Psychiatry with George Brown, based at the Socio-medical Research Group, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, University of London. The Brown-Harris model of depression, which has emerged from this colleague-ship of some thirty years, succeeds in blending ideas from both medical sociology and psychoanalytic thought and in collecting data to verify these insights about the mutual influence between outer and inner worlds. This research team was responsible for developing the Attachment Style Interview (ASI) to embody John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth's categorisation of secure and insecure attachment patterns, the latter predicting depressive onset in prospective follow-up, along with recent severe life events, low self-esteem, childhood adversity and chronic sublinical symptoms.
She was a member of John Bowlby’s research group and has found that his Attachment Theory has been the key link between the two strands of her work, clinical and research. She is a member of the London Centre for Psychotherapy and is also a member of the Research Faculty Committee of the UKCP, particularly active in the Practitioner Research Network which is investigating Daniel Stern's idea of Moments of Meeting as a crucial ingredient in psychotherapy effectiveness, the famous “something more than interpretation” which Attachment Theory also puts on the map with its concept of sensitive responsiveness.
Linda completed her training at Westminster Pastorial Foundation in 1986 and started work as a psychodynamic/integrative counsellor.from that time.
Linda has spent many years working with young people in a young persons counselling agency, schools and now supervises counsellors who work with children and adolescents in these environments.
Linda also has a private practice in Elstree/Borehamwood.and works as a therapist and supervisor. An attender of IAN for twenty years,a member for about fifteen, an executive member for five and Vice Chair for one year.
Linda loves IAN because it promotes a wider understanding of Attachment theory so people can use it in their own lives as well as for their client work.
I find Ian to be a place of learning and understanding, it is encompassing and welcoming, I feel honoured to be part of it.
I am a psychoanalytic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and I trained at the Tavistock Clinic. I also have an interest in attachment theory, which influences my practice. I worked in an NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) for many years, recently leaving to enable me to have more time for my private practice and other professional activities, including teaching and clinical supervision. I have an interest and speciality in assessment and treatment of children and young people who have suffered early neglect, abuse or trauma, and who have been fostered or adopted. This has included work with parents, carers and other agencies such as schools and social care.
I also have an interest and expertise in working psychotherapeutically with children and young people with learning difficulties or on the autistic spectrum, and currently work part-time with this patient group at the Tavistock Clinic. I have been on the Executive of IAN for a year, and have found the whole experience interesting and rewarding. Attending seminars which revisit aspects of our work with an attachment perspective keeps our thinking fresh.
Violet Cooney is a Psychodynamic counsellor/psychotherapist and a Psychoanalytic supervisor. Trained at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF) and at the Society of Analytical Psychology (SAP) for the Supervision Diploma in Analytical Supervision. She has also successfully completed a training in EMDR and a Graduate Introduction Certificate Course in CBT.
Have been working for fifteen years in the profession during that time Violet has worked in various settings including ten years as Clinical Manager providing a psychotherapy/ counselling service for survivors of childhood abuse and their families including institutional abuse. In cross community and cultural services involving all age groups and orientations.
Now working in private practice in Central and North London with a wide range of clients and modalities. A relative newcomer to IAN finding it a most enjoyable and engaging experience. The meetings provide a professional and most valuable insight into Attachment Theory where application to case work can be explored and discussed in a confidential and secure environment. I find the meetings also have a very enjoyable social component.
My counselling Career started in 1976 after attending courses at H.C.H.E. (now Uni.of Westminster). I went on to do Cert in Student Counselling and Dip in Advanced Counselling Practice (Now Msc) at U.C.L. and a Supervisor's course at Leicester Uni.
I have worked at a Youth Counseling Agency, and as a Student Counsellor at H.C.H.E, Poly of C.L, The Royal Ballet School and Westfield College (U.C.L.) and taught on Counselling Courses at Harrow. I also have a Private Practice.
The lecture John Bowlby gave in 1979 in Harrow, was new and inspiring.
Later I became a member of I.A.N, and attended their Introduction To Attachment Theory Course.
I am a member of the monthly Peer Consultation Group, and am on the Executive Committee which organizes Bi-monthly Seminars which helps to promote the importance of Attachment Theory in all aspects of human development. My involvement with I.A.N. has been and is an enriching experience. The work of John Bowlby and the development of his theory continues to be a great influence in my work.
Cassie Cooper is a practising Kleinian trained psychoanalytic Psychotherapist/ Counselling Psychologist who now practices Attachment Based Psychotherapy. Dr John Bowlby was her personal supervisor.
She is a founder member and Fellow of BACP and an active member of UKCP. She has contributed to 14 text books on psychology, psychotherapy and counselling, some of which have been translated into Italian and German. She was formerly a chairperson of the Psychotherapy section of the BPS and Editor of its Newsletter for many years. Cassie was the Head of Student Counselling at The University of Westminster, Harrow Campus and the Head of its Diploma in Counselling Courses.
She has recently relocated to Truro, Cornwall and continues her work there. She acts as a consultant to Carlton TV and The Metropolitan Police on counselling issues.
Her recent Doctorate was on ‘Cult Membership as a Disorder of Attachment’
Jenn Clarkson - Administrator
I have been working with IAN for a year and deal with all the enquiries regarding membership, PayPal, booking rooms and banking issues. I am also a registered child-minder, taking care of a number of pre and school age children, I have been doing this since leaving my work-role as an Office Manager to have my two sons, now aged seven and six. Although I have no counselling training, being a mother and child-minder, makes you sensitive to aspects of yourself and children that you see but may not have understood. Being part of the IAN team has made me think more about my parenting and its impact. Since I am at home with children a lot of the time, being out with adults who have interesting things to say is a great experience for me.
The audience ask questions of the speakers that I would not know how to ask myself which keeps me thinking. I knew nothing about Bowlby or Attachment theory when I started, but being present to take minutes at the Executive Committee Meetings and being at the seminars where I collect monies and ensure that refreshments are available, I am learning a little more about it.
I am always happy to respond to any enquiries regarding membership or events, by telephone or email and try to respond within a day or two.