Lisa Watkins

Dr Lisa Watkins is a systemic social work practitioner and consultant. Qualifying as a social worker in 2007, Lisa worked in statutory children’s teams and then moved to the third sector. Her practice evolved while completing the Intermediate Level course in Systemic Family Therapy and her focus was working therapeutically with victims/survivors of childhood sexual abuse and rape.

 Lisa joined an American study abroad university in London in 2016, and as a senior manager she advised and worked directly with students who experienced difficulties while abroad.  She studied for a professional doctorate in Advanced Practice and Research: Social Work and Social Care at the Tavistock & Portman, London, completing her doctorate in 2023. Her studies included using psychoanalytic, systemic theory, relationship-based approaches when working with individuals and families.

Lisa works independently, commissioned by several stakeholders. Her current work involves introducing systemic family therapy ideas to children services, providing a restorative approach to supervision as part of Ofsted improvement planning, providing independent supervision, parenting assessments and facilitating workshops. Her passion, working alongside families, is maintained by a case holding role in a family support team.