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Hannah Sherbersky
Senior Lecturer / Academic Lead - SFP CYP IAPT programme / UKCP Supervisor


Current positions;
Academic lead for the SFP CYP IAPT programme,
Senior lecturer on the MSc and DClinPSy programmes,
Family Therapist at Regional In-Patient Unit/

Clinical work - As a clinician, Hannah is passionately committed to the delivery of excellent therapeutic services to children, young people and their families and has worked for 20 years within the mental health service in various different roles. Hannah originally trained as a Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) in Brighton and worked in adult acute psychiatric services, before relocating to Devon in 1998. Having worked for a year in adult services in Devon, she went on to then work in a research based sex and relationship programme in secondary schools for three years before returning to work within the CAMHS as a Community Psychiatric Nurse.  In 2005 Hannah joined the Family Therapy Service in the local CAMHS team and completed an MSc in Psychological Therapies (Systemic strand) at Exeter University, qualifying as a Family and Systemic Therapist. Hannah continues to work part time as a Family Therapist at a regional adolescent in-patient unit in Devon.

Academic positions - Since 2011, Hannah has been involved in the delivery and design of the MSc in Psychological Therapies systemic strand and is systemic convenor on the Doctoral program for Clinical Psychology at the University of Exeter. In November 2013, Hannah was appointed Academic Lead for the Systemic Family Practice CYP IAPT programme, developing and delivering the NHS England evidence based systemic training for CAMHS clinicians.

Evidence Based Practice - Since 2009 Hannah has been involved in the development, delivery, manualisation and now clinical training of the Exeter Model. This is an evidence based integrative couple therapy treatment for depression, which has been approved by the Association of Family Therapy. This model was originally delivered within the ACCEPT clinic at the MDC. For further information about this intensive 5 day training, please see Hannah’s website changetree.co.uk or search for The Exeter Model on the University of Exeter website. On the changetree website, you can also watch a podcast about the Exeter Model recorded at the Annual Family Therapy conference in Buxton, 2011.

Private Practice - Hannah specialises in couple work and systemic therapy with groups, individuals and families. Hannah has completed a Diploma in Creative Supervision and is a UKCP registered supervisor with the Association of Family Therapy. Hannah has further training in Dramatherapy and Group Analysis. She presents nationally and has published on the Exeter Model and integrative practice, having recently contributed a chapter on creative approaches in systemic supervision in ‘Creative Supervision across Modalities’ published by Jessica Kingsley.

Hannah is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Family Therapy.


RMN (Brighton University)
MSc in Psychological Therapies (Exeter University)

Contact details

AddressWashington Singer Laboratories
University of Exeter
Perry Road
Prince of Wales Road

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