Course Chair and Tutor
Maggie Usher is a qualified social worker and senior family therapist with over twenty years’ experience of working in the NHS and voluntary sector. She has worked in CAMHS departments in both London and Oxfordshire aswell as working in a Court Assessment team at the Anna Freud Centre where she has appeared as an expert witness in Child Care proceedings.
She has also worked in both the community and in inpatient units for young people with eating disorders and is currently Senior family therapist at Springfield University Hospital Eating Disorders team. She has also worked at Open Door young people’s service which is a voluntary organization in North London. Whilst there she set up and ran a family therapy service.
For several years she was a supervisor, lecturer and trainer at the Tavistock. She has also lectured for Surrey University, Frontline Social Work Programme and the Wimbledon Guild.
Maggie has an additional specialism in mentalisation based family therapy which she uses frequently in her practice both with couples and families and she has delivered several lectures and workshops on this topic. Integral to Maggie’s work is her commitment to LGBTQ equality and working with diversity. Maggie draws on her experiences as a lesbian mother to help challenge thinking about heteronormative attitudes and practices throughout family therapy trainings. She also has a small private practice offering systemic psychotherapy to couples and families and supervision to colleagues and trainees. She is a passionate gardener and paddle boarder.