Raphael Lopez de Soto M.A. MBACP & UKCP Reg.


Professional Profile


I am a qualified and experienced Adult, Child, Adolescent & Family Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor. I am also a Consultant & Trainer specialising in Adoption & looked after children (LAC), Forensic Psychotherapist, Risk Assessor & Expert Witness. I am United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Registered Psychotherapist and a certified member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). I specialise in working with children, young people and adults who have experienced chronic trauma, loss and abuse, who have subsequently been placed within the looked after system or adoption.


​I have enjoyed a varied career and have worked in the NHS and in education, working with primary and secondary schools located in deprived areas. At the Catholic Children’s Society I provided individual therapy for children, adolescents & adults, and couples and family therapy at their dedicated Family Therapy Centre. I also worked in the Post Adoption Team and the Assessment, Consultation & Therapy Team at Surrey Children’s Services where I specialised in working with children, young people and families who demonstrate sexually harmful behaviours.


I have experience of working in an inpatient treatment setting (therapeutic community) with children, young people and families who have abusive dynamics resulting in the demonstration of sexually harmful behaviours. In private practice I work with a wide cross section of clients of varied cultures, faiths and age groups. I am a Clinical Supervisor for psychological therapy professionals and social workers and I have lectured on the post graduate diploma and M.A in Psychodynamic & Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.


I am dedicated to Continued Professional Development (CPD) and life-long learning. I also design and deliver specialist training for therapists and aligned professionals, adoptive parents, foster carers and local authority managers specialising in parent-infant relationships, family functioning especially for looked after children, adopted families, young people within the criminal justice system and adults who have experienced chronic childhood trauma or abuse.


Private Practice Therapy & Professional Services


Psychotherapy & Counselling Private Practice

Psychodrama & Creative Action Methods

Specialist Adoption & Looked After Children (LAC) Consultancy & Training

Theraplay® & Marschak Interaction Method (MIM) Assessment

Complex Assessment

Forensic Assessment & Risk Assessment

Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment & Adaption (DMM) & Adult Attachment Interview (AAI)

Expert Witness

Mediation & Conflict Resolution


Languages Spoken





Current Employment Activities


January 2014 to present date

Forensic Assessor & Specialist Expert Witness, Absolute Forensic Assessments;


April 2013 to present date

Director of the Commission into Child Sexual Abuse, Mindful Policy Group UK:


July 2007 to present date

Forensic Psychotherapist, Private Practice at Holistic Health Centre, Woking;


September 2009 to present date

Clinical Individual & Group Supervisor, The Valley Trust, Guildford


January 2004 to present date

Clinical Supervisor, Consultant & Trainer, Private Practice at Holistic Health Centre, Woking


October 2003 to present date

Adult, Child, Adolescent & Family Psychotherapist, Private Practice at Holistic Health Centre, Woking


Previous Employment


September 2010 to September 2012

Experimental Training Group Facilitator, The Minster Centre


November 2010 to November 2011

Consultant Psychotherapist, Residential Parenting Assessment Unit


November 2008 to September 2010

Seminar Leader in Family Therapy, Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF)


March 2007 to January 2010

Forensic Adolescent Psychotherapist, Therapeutic Community


July 2007 to July 2008

Child, Adolescent & Family Psychotherapist (Forensic), Assessment Consultation & Therapy Team, Surrey Children’s Services


February 2005 to March 2007

Child, Adolescent & Family Psychotherapist Post Adoption, Adoption & Permanency, Post Adoption Team, Surrey Children’s Services


October 2001 to 2005

Child Psychotherapist, Play Therapist, Surrey Children Services


September 2002 to Sept 2004

Child, Adolescent & Family Psychotherapist, Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster)


November 2001 to July 2003

Behaviour Support Service Psychotherapist, Slough LEA, Slough Borough Council


July 1998 to September 2002

Adolescent Counsellor, Youth Counselling Service (NHS)


October 1997 to June 1998

Deputy House Manager (Autism), Abbey Care Services


January 1997 to October 1997

Residential Support Worker (Children with multiple disabilities), NCH Action for Children


Earlier Employment

Outreach Mental Health Support Worker, Surrey

Specialist Support Worker (Young Adults with Autism), Lewisham Borough Council

Resettlement Worker & Life Skills Counsellor, Surrey & Hampshire NHS

Auxiliary Nurse, NHS General Medicine wards & NHS Mental Health hospitals

Palliative Home Care Worker, Caring for terminally ill people with AIDS related illness


Professional Qualifications


MSc Psychology

Diploma in Psychoanalytic Clinical Supervision

M.A. Child, Adolescent & Family Psychotherapy (Jungian & Post Jungian)

Two Year Infant Observational Study & Pre-school Child Observation Study

BSc (Psychology & Humanities)

Sandplay Studies Diploma

Certificate in Arts for Change

Higher National Diploma in Counselling

Certificate in the Fundamentals of Counselling & Psychotherapy


Post Graduate Professional Training & Continued Professional Development


Children, Young People & Families

Higher Certificate in Action Methods (Northern School of Psychodrama, April 2015)

Intermediate Theraplay® & MIM (Theraplay® Institute)

Introductory Theraplay® & MIM (Theraplay® Institute Chicago, USA)

Introduction to Theraplay®, Phyllis Booth (Post Adoption Centre London)

Certificate in Pre & Post Adoption Expertise (Post Adoption Centre London)

Marlborough Modal, multi-systemic family work in schools for children at risk of exclusion (Institute of family Therapy)

Solution-oriented brief therapy with Children & Adolescents (Matthew Selekman Institute of Family Therapy)

Solution-Oriented brief therapy with Self-harming Adolescents (Matthew Selekman Institute of Family Therapy)


Forensic, Legal & Statutory

Certificate Course on Treatment & Management of Sexually Abusive Youth (Presented by Gail Ryan, The Kempe Center for the Prevention & Treatment of Child Abuse & Neglect, Dept. Paediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, USA, February 2015)

Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment & Adaption (DMM) & Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) Training, Patricia Crittenden (Family Relations Institute, Italy)

Attachment & Psychopathology, Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment (DMM), Patricia Crittenden (Family Relations Institute, Manchester)

Working with Delinquency & Perversion: An Application of Psychoanalytic Theory (P3, Portman Clinic, London)

Introducing Psychoanalytic Ideas on Sexual Perversions, Delinquency and Violence (P1, Portman Clinic, London)

Judicial Protocol Training (Commissioned by Surrey Placement Service)

Adoption & Children’s Act 2002 (Surrey County Council)

Making Placements Work Conference (Adoption Consortium)

Child Protection Training (Surrey Social Services & Surrey Police)


Abuse & Trauma

Advanced Practitioner Skills in Trauma Related Structural Dissociation (Presented by Ellert Nijenhuis Ph.D. four-part training, EMDR AS & CT)

Psychodrama: Therapy of Relationships, Marcia Karp (Northern School of Psychodrama)

Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Practitioner Training Level 2 (EMDR Institute)

Psychodrama in Miniature (Northern School of Psychodrama)

Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Practitioner Training Level 1 & EMDR with Children (EMDR Institute)

Diploma in Dissociative Disorders (UK Institute for the Study of Dissociation)

Advanced Practitioner Skills in Eating Disorders (National Centre for Eating Disorders)

Self-harm & Suicide Training (Rape & Sexual Abuse Crisis Centre, Guildford)

Rape & Sexual Abuse Training (Rape & Sexual Abuse Crisis Centre, Guildford)


Professional Memberships


Certified member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

Registered Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists (UKCP)

Member & Registered with The London Post Adoption Centre (PAC)

Member of The National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA)

Member of The EMDR Association for UK & Ireland

Member of The Theraplay® Institute

Member of The British Psychodrama Association (BPA)

2010 - present

2010 - present

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