Nina Stovold

MA Social Work, PG Dip in Systemic Family Therapy
Systemic Family Practitioner and Children and Families Social Worker

Nina is a Systemic Family Practitioner and Children and Families Social Worker with 12 years experience working across a range of support services for Local Authorities and NHS Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services and private work.

Nina is able to draw on a range of systemic, psychological, and psychosocial interventions to support you as parents and your children and young people either on a 1:1 basis or as a family system. Nina provides a holistic assessment of a young person and your family’s needs, this might include working alongside other practitioners to provide a tailored and supportive treatment plan that includes 1:1 sessions with your child, sessions for parents, or family sessions.

Nina started her career working with local borough homeless services supporting vulnerable adolescents and adults with mental health, drug and alcohol problems and women experiencing domestic abuse. In 2010 Nina completed a Masters degree in Social Work and worked within a child protection setting with children and their families in East London, until moving to her current post at a specialist child and adolescent mental health inpatient unit. Since moving to this post, Nina has completed a PGDip in Systemic Family Therapy and provides regular support to families and their young people at the unit. Nina also works collaboratively with other disciplines, including psychology, psychiatry, occupational therapy, art-based psychotherapies, and mental health nursing.

Issues/Problems of Specialisation

Following an initial consultation meeting, Nina may be able to help you and your child and young person in the following ways;

One to One Counselling and Emotional Support for Children and Young People

This starts with an initial session listening to your child and understanding their experiences, following this, a number of follow-up sessions can be agreed. The sessions aim to support your child or young person to identify and build on their strengths and increase their confidence in how they manage difficult situations, relationships, and emotions.

Some of the common issues and concerns

  • How to manage online relationships and keeping safe boundaries,
  • Understanding and navigating friendships,
  • Bullying
  • Worries about self harm and mental health,
  • How to manage self critical thoughts
  • Low mood and intense emotions
  • Understanding family relationships or circumstances
  • Effective communication
  • Problem solving
  • Worries about education or exams

As part of the service, if it is helpful, Nina offers telephone/email support and advice for parents alongside the support for the sessions with child and young person. Additionally, family sessions may also be recommended.

Post Diagnosis Support Sessions

Nina is able to offer support and consultation for parents and young people following diagnosis by a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist. Post diagnosis, parents may choose to have a follow up meeting to discuss the impact and meaning of the diagnosis for their family and ask additional questions. This typically is 1-2 sessions.

1:1 Specialist Relationship Support

Advice, and advocacy for women only; including emotional support, confidence building, and counselling for either past or present intimate relationships.

Consultation and Support for Parents

Emotional support and counselling for parents who have children and young people with additional needs and demands, concerns include children/young people

  • Who are not attending school
  • Who are struggling to manage their emotions and behaviours
  • Who may be impacted by marital difficulties or divorce.
  • Or families where there is relational conflict within the home

This is not exhaustive and Nina is able to offer initial consultations to explore your particular area of need. Nina can refer into another member of our team should she feel she you require a particular specialism.

Advice for Parents Who Wish to Adopt or Who May Be Caring for Someone Else’s Child

This includes explorative or supportive sessions on expectations and transitions.


All of Nina’s sessions are 50 minutes long generally face to face, additionally; Nina offers telephone sessions where appropriate. This can be individually agreed with the family after consultation and depends on the nature of support being offered.

At the end of the intervention, Nina can provide a therapeutic letter summarising the sessions for future reference by yourself and your child or young person.

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