Abi was born in London, England and moved to Wellington several years ago. Abi trained at City University and University College London where she obtained qualifications in Clinical and Counselling Psychology. During her studies she completed a thesis on open adoption.
Abi has been fortunate to have worked in a variety of clinical settings both in the UK and here in Wellington. The majority of her clinical work has been in the area of Child and Adolescent Psychology, seeing children, young people and their families with a range of difficulties impacting on both home and school. Over the years Abi has been involved in two large scale research projects for children in care delivering evidenced based programmes for young people with severe behavioural difficulties (Multi-Systemic Therapy, Multi-Dimensional Treatment foster acre, Fostering Changes). Abi is committed to developing such programmes here in NZ, drawing upon behavioural therapies and attachment research.