James McAllister


After a much travelled first career as an international commodity trader, I sought greater fulfilment in relationship-based work, retraining as a counsellor, and subsequently as a child psychotherapist and supervisor. 

I  have worked  an adult counsellor, as a child psychotherapist in several schools, as a therapist in a Children and Adolescents Mental Health Service, and now as a supervisor to therapists, who are often working with traumatised children. Having developed a particular specialist interest in complex trauma, I worked since 2008 as a creative attachment therapist with Catchpoint Ltd. (a post adoption agency based in South West England and South Wales) providing family focused therapy and support to children who suffered early developmental trauma and to the parents who were often experiencing secondary trauma. The key is working together using sensory and creative media to provide opportunities for patterned, relational, rewarding and reciprocal interactions in order to facilitate a secure base and working towards healing trauma. I am now an external group supervisor for Catchpoint therapists and continue to work with families and am in the process of setting up a North West post adoption support service for Catchpoint.

I have facilitated trainings in child development, Sand Play, art and children’s drawings, trauma, recovery and neuroscience to students and practitioners at PTUK, ThePlace2Be, the Trauma Recovery Centre amongst others.

I am a UKCP registered Child Psychotherapist and have an MA in Transpersonal Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy, (Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, London, 2005). I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis CounsellingPsychosynthesis and Education Trust, London, 2001.

I also hold a Diploma in Creative Supervision (London Centre for Psychodrama 2017)

I want to promote the right for all to recover from early developmental trauma and keen that all practitioners and professionals working with children in this field have the opportunity to understand the effects of trauma and how to respond more effectively.