Therapies: Pyramid

Pyramid Therapeutic Services Ltd is run by Bev Crosby and Mary Silson, therapists who come from a CAMHS and social care background. They both have training in evidence -based psychotherapies for a broad range of child emotional, psychological, social or developmental difficulties. They have particular expertise in attachment and developmental trauma as Pyramid is a therapeutic service dedicated specifically for children in residential or foster care, or after adoption.

They are trained and experienced in many approaches for children looked after, including DDP (Level 1 &2) Theraplay (Level 1 &2) – including MIM assessment, Art Therapy, Mentalisation based approaches, DBT approaches, family therapy (foundation) ideas and Therapeutic Life Story Work. Mary and Bev have both worked in the field of looked after and adoption for over 10 years and utilise attachment focused models within their work with families and residential staff. 

Much of Pyramid’s clinical thinking is from an attachment and trauma focused framework, with a particular focus on the importance of working systemically with young people and their primary care givers to increase opportunities for young people to experience positive relational experiences, build upon their resilience and strength and fulfil their potential.

Mary Silson

Mary attended the Northern Programme for Psychological Therapies at Sheffield where she gained her MA in Art Psychotherapy. Before undertaking her MA, Mary worked for a charity which supported projects in Bulgaria, Romania and India. The work consisted of supporting mothers and children in India and working with children and babies placed in state orphanages in Bulgaria and Romania.  During Mary’s training, she undertook clinical placements within a CAMHS (Child and Mental Health Service) setting across both Tier 3 hospital-based setting and in a specialised children looked after service within the community. Following training, Mary worked for a domestic abuse charity that supported children and their mothers living in hostels.

Over the last 10 years Mary has worked as a therapist within a variety of settings and provisions including residential care, foster care, pre and post adoption as well as providing consultations to school settings. Mary has also provided training to residential workers, foster carers, social workers, adopters and teachers on working therapeutically with children and young people including the impact of early trauma and the relevance of neuroscience to this field. Mary has delivered specific attachment training for a Local Authority Adoption Team as part of their preparation to adopt groups.