Curriculum Vitae (abridged version)


Raphael Lopez de Soto M.A.

Specialist Psychotherapist 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

2014 to present date

Forensic Assessor & Specialist Expert Witness, Absolute Forensic Assessments;


2013 to present date

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


2007 to present date

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


2009 to present date

Clinical Individual & Group Supervisor, The Valley Trust, Guildford


2004 to present date

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


2003 to present date

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


Previous Employment Activities between 1997 and 2012

Experimental Training Group Facilitator, The Minster Centre

Consultant Psychotherapist, Residential Parenting Assessment Unit

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

Forensic Adolescent Psychotherapist, Therapeutic Community

Child, Adolescent & Family Psychotherapist (Forensic), ACT Team, Surrey County Council Children’s Services

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

Child Psychotherapist, Play Therapist, Surrey County Council Children Services

Child, Adolescent & Family Psychotherapist, Catholic Children’s Society 

Behaviour Support Service Psychotherapist, Slough LEA, Slough Borough Council

Adolescent Counsellor, Youth Counselling Service (NHS)

Deputy House Manager (Autism)

Residential Support Worker (Children with multiple disabilities)


Earlier Employment

Outreach Mental Health Support Worker

Specialist Support Worker (Young Adults with Autism)

Resettlement Worker & Life Skills Counsellor, 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)

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

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)

International Association for the Study of Attachment (IASA)

2010 - present

2010 - present

Covid-19 Safety Downloads

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines.pdf (for existing clients)

Directions & Covid-19 Safety Guidelines.pdf (for new clients)

Covid-19 Risk Assessment v.7.pdf (for detailed information)

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