Margaret Henning


About Me.

Registered with:  Health & Care Professions Council as Clinical Psychologist (HCPC)  :: British Psychological Society  (Associate Fellow)(BPS)  

:: Member of British Association of Christians in Psychology (BACIP)


I  am a Systemic Narrative Therapist, working in Crawley, West Sussex, UK.  I offer therapy to:


 -  Individuals of all ages

 -  Families

 -  Groups


I have had extensive experience (including NHS experience) in ‘stuck’, complex issues including the following diagnostic categories:


 -  Schizophrenia (Psychosis)

 -  Bipolar Affective Disorder (Manic-Depressive Disorder)

 -  Complex Trauma (Complex PTSD)

 -  Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

 -  Eating Disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia)

 -  Depression

 -  Anxiety

 -  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)



Like most Clinical Psychologists I have training in various therapeutic approaches, especially Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).  Many people have heard of this approach and I am often asked whether I practise CBT.  The answer is that I sometimes use CBT ideas or techniques.  However, if you are looking for a ‘pure’ CBT therapist it would be best to look elsewhere.



Systemic Narrative Therapy is a psychotherapy approach based on the idea that we are continually creating  our lives in relationship with events that happen to us. We interpret those events through our culture and our interactions with other people.


It is a flexible and non-blaming approach which respects the expertise everyone brings to the situation. The therapist is the expert on ways in which certain problems can often be addressed. Clients are the experts on their own lives, experiences, thoughts and feelings. Other people might be experts on how the problem impacts on family, friends, colleagues.   It is therefore a very collaborative approach.


This therapy has its origins in Family Therapy (sometimes called Systemic Therapy because it deals with all human social systems, not just traditional families).  Relationship with others is an important focus for the approach.  We all live in relationship with other people and how they react can be helpful or unhelpful in dealing with problems.  For this reason people who are important to you will be discussed and might (if you agree) be invited to participate in the therapy conversations to brainstorm how to tackle the issues.


Family therapists are used to working with couples and also with people at all ages, including children or teenagers and the elderly.


If relationships seem very important to the issues, or if you have been unable to make any headway with other approaches, this might be a useful therapy approach to try.

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