The Family Workshop
The Family Workshop

About Us

The Family Workshop is delighted to welcome Joe Green as one of its experienced and qualified systemic psychotherapists. The Family Workshop was founded in 2006 by systemic and family psychotherapists Richard Best and Jan Parker to provide therapeutic and other services to couples, families, children and young people, and to provide training for the professionals who work with them. Further details of practitioners can be found below.

Joe Green. BSc, MSW, CQSW, Dip Family and Marital Therapy, UKCP

Joe practices at the River Clinic on Monday afternoons and works for the NHS as a Systemic Psychotherapist at other times of the week. Joe has extensive experience of working with children and families in a variety of settings and with a wide range of presenting difficulties. He has taught systemic principles, supervised colleagues and provided consultation. During treatment Joe aims to work with families so they are able to utilise their existing skills and resources to help resolve the difficulties they are contending with.

Jan Parker BA, MSc Family and Systemic Psychotherapy, Dip Supervision, UKCP

Jan is a highly experienced Family and Systemic Psychotherapist, lecturer, trainer and writer. She works in independent practice at The River Clinic, Lewes, on Wednesdays. She works as a specialist systemic psychotherapist in the NHS at other times, working with children, young people and families with serious difficulties in their lives.

Jan is a visiting lecturer at the Institute of Family Therapy and Sussex University.  She facilitates workshops and training days for family therapy students and other professionals wishing to develop systemic understandings and skills in working with children and families.
She co-founded the Family and Relationship Counselling service for prisoners and their families at HMP Ford. Her consultancy work for the national Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice involves her presenting on latest research and practice in systemic work with children, young people and families. She is a founder member of the Sussex Association for Family Therapy.

Jan has published widely in the UK and Europe on relational well-being and systemic practice with children, young people and families. Her published work includes:

Parker J (2014) 'Like a thief in the night': insight and inspiration from young people and families affected by Anorexia Nervosa: Context, AFT

Parker J (2008) The Child ‘Without the Problem’: talking with siblings. Context [Magazine of the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice in the UK], AFT Vol 100

Parker, J and Younge, G (2007): Difference, Discourse and Discomfort. Context. AFT Vol 89

Parker, J, and Wilson, J (2005). ‘Transformative tales’. Interview with Marina Warner, Context 82

‘Happy children’: emotional well-being and resilience in children: The Times, November 15, 2003

'Not as bad as they’re painted’: images and experience of adolescence:The Times, Oct 25, 2003

'A ghost in the family’: impact of sibling death: The Guardian, November 20, 2002.


Raising Happy Children (co-author with Jan Stimpson) Hodder & Stoughton, 1999; revised 2004.

Raising Happy Brothers and Sisters (co-author with Jan Stimpson) Hodder & Stoughton, 2002. Revised:2004. The Independent’s ‘parenting book of the year’ 2002.

Both books recommended by Family and Parenting Institute, NSPCC, Young Minds etc

Richard Best has now retired from practice. He is enjoying life in Sussex and Cornwall. His contribution to the family therapy field is warmly appreciated by colleagues locally and nationally. 

We are located at:


The Family Workshop

The River Clinic,

Wellers Yard, Brooks Rd




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