About Us

Our experience and aims

We have been friends for 10 years meeting initially through our children, and sharing the experience of parenting over that time, as well as engaging in a more recent, but also challenging, shared interest in cold water swimming. Most importantly we share a belief that our relationship with our child is the prime determinant of his/her ability to develop into a resilient, considerate and successful adult.

Our understanding of the challenges and complexities of family life draws upon our parenting experiences and choices, but is also informed by our childhood histories which include experience of adoption, divorce and step families. We also bring our experiences, from different professional backgrounds, which inform our understanding of the challenges for families in achieving a practical work/life balance.

We are both committed to the understanding and provision of mental well-being. We firmly believe that this starts at home and offering families the space to find common sense, practical and positive solutions to the daily challenges of parenting is a role that continually excites and inspires us. We set up Positive Parenting London as a way to provide support in an area that is often ignored and neglected. Whilst we offer practical skills and insights we also draw upon the expertise that every one of our parents bring from their own family lives.

We are both licensed to offer The Parent Practice courses in the North London area and these underpin and inform the modules we offer.

Carron Staplehurst

MA, PG Dip Psych, UKCP Registered

Carron is a fully qualified and registered UKCP psychotherapist with 20 years’ experience. She is a mother of two children, aged 14 and 17. Originally working in the publishing industry, Carron left her job as Assistant Editor of Punch magazine in the 1990s to pursue a 6 year training in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling at The Minster Centre.

Carron has a background in working with young people, firstly as part of her role as clinical lead in two Brook Advisory Centres, a drop-in support service for young people/children and women. She also worked providing short-term psychodynamic therapy at The Listening Zone, a service for young people aged 14 – 21 provided by Barking and Dagenham CAMHS. As an additional part of this role she set up and delivered a counselling service for pupils aged 10 – 14 years within a secondary school in the local area. During her initial training she worked as a volunteer telephone counsellor at ChildLine, and as part of a subsequent training at the Tavistock Institute she spend several years at a primary school supporting a Year 5/6 class with group dynamics.

Her experience also includes time spent in the NHS as a Women’s Health Counsellor at St. George’s Hospital, London. Providing counselling through an Employee Assistance Programme to organisations such as Goldman Sachs and Royal Bank of Scotland gave her the contrasting opportunity to work in a corporate setting. She developed an interest in working with trauma while running a Critical Incident Debriefing service, organising and providing on-site support to individuals involved in high stress incidents, such as kidnapping, bank raids and terror attacks.

She is committed to continuing her professional development through on-going training, most recently participating in short courses in Adolescent Development, Introductory Systemic Thinking and Working with Gender Non-conforming Young People, all at the Tavistock Institute.

She began working in private practice as a psychotherapist in 1995, taking a parenting break to look after her young children. Fully registered with the UKCP, she now runs a private psychotherapy practice in North London, working with both young people and their families and with adults. She first encountered The Parent Practice training at a workshop and trained with them to become a Licensee in 2014.

Milly Ayliffe

LLB MBACP

Milly is married with two daughters in their twenties and a teenage son.

Following completion of a law degree Milly joined city law firm Norton Rose Fulbright where she later became the firm’s first part-time partner. When her children were 14,12 and 3 Milly decided to give up work to spend more time with them. Wanting to explore a different career Milly completed a foundation course in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Regents University.

Following the course she decided to focus on working with children and so trained as a volunteer counsellor with Childline where she worked for the next 8 years. Passionate about children’s mental health and wanting to work with children in a long term setting she then undertook a two year BACP accredited Post Graduate Diploma training as a counsellor in schools with Place2Be.

Milly currently works as a school counsellor in primary schools in North London and at Rephael House, a low-cost therapy unit, providing counselling services to children and young people. Milly recently completed the Parent Practice Training for Trainer’s Programme and is a certified Parent Practice educator licenced to use their materials and methodology and to deliver their parenting course.