Dr Mariëtte Henning-Pugh

Dr Mariette Henning-Pugh

BSc (Hons), PGDip Neuro, PsychD, CPsychol.

Chartered Clinical Psychologist

CBT, Narrative, AST


Psychology BSc (Hons) Open University (2004-2007)

Post Graduate Diploma in Neuropsychology, Bristol University (2008-2010)

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsychD) University of Surrey (2010-2013)

I am a member of the Health Professions Council (HCPC) and British Psychological Society (and the Division of Clinical Psychology). I am also a member of the UK Psychological Trauma Society (UKPTS).

I have more than 10 years experience in working with children and families, and adults, in various settings and with a range of mental health or neuropsychological difficulties. This includes working as a Highly Specialist Senior Clinical Psychologist in the NHS in multidisciplinary teams, in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS), in neurodevelopmental teams and in child development centre teams.

Other Training

  • Story Stem Assessment Profile (Attachment assessment of 3-7y olds children) (2016) – Anna Freud Centre London
  • Advanced Clinical Supervision training (2016) UCL London
  • Child Attachment Interview (Attachment assessment of adolescents) (2015) – Anna Freud Centre London
  • Adult Attachment Style assessment (2015) – Anna Freud Centre London
  • Video Interactive Guidance (parent and child attachment intervention) (2015)
  • Mentalisation Based Treatment (2015) – Anna Freud Centre London
  • Expert Witness specialist training (2015) – BPS
  • Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) Training, (Part 1) (2013)
  • Sleep practitioner training (2014) University of Southampton
  • ADOS2 Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule 2 (2014)
  • AIM2 training – Assessment and intervention for children and young people who display sexually harmful behaviour (2010)
  • Child Protection Training, annual updates
  • Solution Focused Therapy (2009)
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) advanced practice modules (2009 – 2010) Oxford Centre for Cognitive Therapy

Private Therapeutic Work

As a child and family Clinical Psychologist I offer assessments and treatments for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, depression and pervasive developmental disorders. I also offer some sessions to families and adults.

As a Clinical Psychologist I am trained to use a number of different therapy models, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Behavioural and Psychodynamic approaches. I also use attachment focused interventions, compassion focused therapy and solution focused therapy.

Each of the therapeutic approaches offer different methods to help people find ways to manage and improve their difficulties. I usually start thinking with my clients (and for younger children this means working collaboratively with their parents) about their difficulties they have and try to establish their own aims and goals. Then we look at what is the most evidence based way (from research) to resolve their difficulties and we plan our approach together from there. It is important to work together and if one approach does not work, we revert to a different therapeutic approach that may help more.

I am experienced in working with children and young people up to the age of 18, and their families, and with adults. My clients might be struggling with a wide range of emotional, behavioural, psychological, developmental and educational problems. I can offer consultation, assessment and/or therapeutic interventions with young people and their families, as well as adults.

I have a specialist interest in Neuropsychology, Attachment difficulties and Trauma (Developmental or complex multiple trauma, and single event trauma).

The types of difficulties I am able to work with include:

  • Attachment or developmental trauma (childhood neglect or abuse)
  • Traumatic stress, including PTSD, sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse
  • Refugees, assessments and trauma
  • Anxiety (such as social anxiety, panic, separation anxiety, school  anxiety, perfectionism, obsessive compulsive disorder and phobias)
  • Depression and low mood
  • Eating disorders (mild – severe, severe must also be under the care of a psychiatrist)
  • Personality disorder (DBT skills and MBT)
  • Behavioural problems
  • Bereavement (including long term complex bereavement)
  • Problems with bed wetting or soiling
  • Autism difficulties
  • Genetic conditions – difficulties relating to (such as Downs Syndrome, Fragile X etc)
  • Developmental delay/ Learning Difficulties
  • Educational problems and related emotional difficulties

Neuropsychological and Cognitive Assessments

Children and young people who have difficulties at home or at school (academically or behaviourally) may sometimes benefit from a more specialist neuropsychological assessment.

Difficulties at school could be because a young person finds the tasks too demanding (due to a learning difficulty) or they may find tasks too easy and become bored (gifted children). Sometimes difficulties can arise as a result of an undiagnosed neurodevelopmental condition such as Autism or ADHD and the more specialist assessments I offer are often able to identify these difficulties.

I am able to offer these assessments, in addition to therapeutic support, which can help school and parents form a more comprehensive profile of strengths and difficulties. The full cognitive assessment profile can also often support parents and school to form more complete assessment, which may form a good foundation for support recommendations in respect of Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP).

Expert witness assessments and work

In addition to my private work and consultations I work as an expert witness in a specialist multidisciplinary NHS team in West London. I am often asked to complete complex child and family assessments in family court.

I frequently give evidence in court on public law cases, such as those involving neglect, child abuse, parental difficulties, families with complex mental health needs, and asked to comment on attachment, cognitive abilities, parenting capacity and contact arrangements.

I also offer consultation in respect of children with emotional and behavioural difficulties to CAMHS and offer consultation to social care departments to assist with identifying appropriate support and services for families with complex needs. I provide in house training for Social Workers on a range of topics in including attachment and the appropriate use of psychological and cognitive assessment information.

Research, teaching, groups and publications

My doctoral research was the development and implementation of a novel cognitive remediation program for children with brain tumours. This research was conducted in collaboration with the University of Surrey and The Royal Marsden Hospital London.

I am an associate lecturer at the University of Southampton and offer training and supervision for trainee clinical psychologists from the University of East London, Royal Holloway University and University College London.

I have written and run a positive behaviour management group for parents of children of complex needs, including learning disabilities, pervasive developmental disorders such as autism and genetic conditions.

 Clinic Location

I work in Petersfield.