About Us

Denise and Margaret  have been responsible for introducing NVR into Southampton City they have trained over 40 professionals and parents to become NVR practitioners (level 3) including members of, Child Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), and Social Services. Over 30 NVR groups are now run per year within the city from early intervention to specialist autism groups.

Dr. Margaret Smith, PhD, PGCE, NPSLBA

With Denise I developed NVR within Southampton and currently coordinate the training and delivery of NVR within the city working part-time at the BRS (Building Resilience and Strengths), a multi-agency CAHMS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) team specialising in attachment- and trauma-focused approaches. I joined the BRS as Specialist Teacher in 2003, focusing on educational inclusion for young people and also working with families, carers and members of the multi-agency network, providing assessment, individual and group interventions, supervision, consultancy and training, including to student social workers and teachers. With a background in mainstream and then specialist education I achieved the status of National Specialist Leader in Behaviour and Attendance. I completed a Doctorate at Southampton University in 2014 focussing on Multi-agency working and Inclusion. I have undertaken specialist training in the areas of Autistic Spectrum Conditions and Attachment Difficulties including undertaking Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Level 1.

mgppI spend a lot of time at home with my family but, despite this and my partner’s hoard of DIY equipment, our house has been going through the ‘decorating’ stage since we moved in 15 years ago.We have two dogs; Ted is a small terrier with a large presence and Lucy is a rescue dog all the way from Romania. I enjoy seeing exhibitions and shows with my daughter who is studying Art and Drama. My eyesight is really terrible but I have an inbuilt radar for locating bargains in a charity shop and have an impressive collection (definitely not a hoard!) of shoes and handbags. I enjoy new challenges and have just signed up for a hula hoop course.

Mrs. Denise Wilson, BA(open) Diploma S.W, Diploma HE. MSc Family Therapy, Diploma Teaching, Training & Supervision, NVR Practitioner/Trainer

Denise NVR

I have been working with children and adolescents, specialising in mental health issues for over 25 years. I first qualified as a social worker in 1993, and then went on to train in Systemic Family Therapy and have a MSc from Oxford Brookes University. In 2006 I embarked on further training in order to teach, a train, and  supervise in family therapy, I  have studied with Dan Hughes to achieve level 2 of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. In addition to working at Cahms I have an independent Systemic Therapy Practice and I teach  Systemic Therapy on the Clinical Doctorate Course at the University of Southampton. I  have been an NVR practitioner, teacher, trainer, and supervisor for over 10 years. Along with Margaret I have presented at national and international conferences throughout Europe.  I am a keen runner (or plodder), and keep my family close to my heart, I love to spend time with the family  including the family dog, Bailey.