Sue started her career in residential children’s homes with looked after adolescents. She qualified as a Social Worker in 2001 and has worked across the field of Children and Families social work, from initial assessments through to child protection and fostering and adoption. Sue saw the impact that developmental trauma and attachment histories had on relationships and the development of self. She has worked directly with children to help them develop a more positive sense of self, emotional expression and regulation and has worked with adults in the child’s network to recognise and manage maladaptive behavioural and emotional strategies.

Sue currently works within a CAMHS service and is experienced in offering a range of mental health interventions.

Sue has completed the MSc in Attachment Studies from Roehampton University in 2019.

Sue is a Social Work England registered Social Worker. She is fully insured with Nagalro.



Alex qualified as a Social Worker in 2001 and spent 12 years working with children and families in various safeguarding roles. During the course of her career, Alex became increasingly interested in the therapeutic needs of children and helping them express themselves.

Alex qualified as a Play Therapist in 2008 and since that time has built her practice working with children who have experienced trauma and loss, including those who are no longer cared for by their birth families. She is particularly interested in the impact of trauma on a child’s development, attachment and working systemically with families and their professional network.

Alex is a Social Work England registered Social Worker, a British Association of Play Therapists registered play therapist and board member and a member of Nagalro.





Training and qualifications:

Alex Machon

  • BA Hons Social Work and Social Policy- 2001- Hull University
  • Diploma in Social Work- 2001- Hull University
  • MA Non Directive Play Therapy- 2008- York University

Sue Hollingsworth

  • BSc (Hons) Behavioural Sciences 1996 University of Northampton
  • Diploma in Social Work – 2001 – De Montfort University
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Psychology – 2011 – University of East London
  • MSc Attachment Studies – 2019 – Roehampton University

We are registered on the Theraplay® practicum and DDP practicum.

We have also undertaken a range of specialist courses including

  • Building Underdeveloped Sensory Systems (BUSS)
  • Safe Sound Protocol (SSP)
  • The Brick by Brick Programme (formally known as Lego Therapy)
  • Who’s in Charge? Facilitator Training
  • Filial Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for adolescents
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
  • Trauma Focussed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Marschak Interaction Method (reliable coder)
  • Meaning of the Child (reliable coder)
  • Child Attachment and Play Assessment (reliable coder)