Family Meetings

Our work with families/networks

PLEASE NOTE: As part of our full training programme, we are offering free consultation sessions with Jaakko Seikkula and Jorma Ahonen to families experiencing a mental health issue. These sessions will take place on December 14-16 2018, at Toynbee Hall, close to Shoreditch in North East London. Jaakko Seikkula is one of the founders of the Open Dialogue approach in Western Lapland, and Jorma Ahonen is one of the most experienced international dialogical trainers, who early in his career worked with Yjrö Alanen, developer of the Need Adapted Approach, in Turku, Finland, and now co-runs Dialogic partners in Helsinki. This is a unique opportunity to participate in such a session, and ongoing work may be possible with Open Dialogue UK practitioners, if desired. For further details, please contact us via the form on this website.

We work with families/networks using many of the Open Dialogue principles and the philosophy that informs the approach. This work takes place in our new premises in Dalston, London. Nick Putman is a certified Open Dialogue practitioner and is working with participants on the first full Open Dialogue training programme being run in the UK, including Monica Cabello, Paul Ekwuruke and Rachel Waddingham (see biographies below). This work is supervised by Jaakko Seikkula, Mary Olson and senior members of the Open Dialogue team from Western Lapland. In addition to this Nick, and participants on the full training, are also working with some trainees on our first foundation training programme. This means that we are now able to offer family/network meetings on a sliding scale. As well as meetings in Dalston, we can also arrange home visits within the London area. If you are interested in working with us please contact us via the form on this website.

We are sometimes able to offer free consultations to families/networks who are willing and able to take part in sessions where a group of trainees are present (as part of supervision days on the full Open Dialogue training programme running in London). We are also working towards starting research into the Open Dialogue approach, and will be able to offer free sessions as part of this process. Please contact us if you are interested in such sessions/consultations.



Nick Putman
Nick Putman is a UKCP registered psychotherapist and a certified Open Dialogue practitioner, having completed a two year training in the Open Dialogue approach with Mary Olson, Jaakko Seikkula, Markku Sutela and others. Read More


Paul Ekwuruke
Paul Ekwuruke is a registered nurse with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council and a member of the Royal College of Nursing. He has achieved 20 years of experience in Mental Health Nursing in various NHS settings with various client groups. Read More


Monica Cabello
Monica Cabello is a UKCP registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist who has more than 20 years experience working within the fields of homelessness and mental health, in both the voluntary and statutory sector. Read More