Professor Hannah Sherbersky

Family and Systemic Therapist — UKCP Supervisor.

  • Child/Adolescent psychotherapy – Adult psychotherapy – Teaching/Training – Supervision – Organisational consultation

Current positions at the University of Exeter;

  • Associate Professor
  • Programme Lead – Systemic Supervision Programme
  • Programme Lead – Family Interventions for Psychosis
  • Programme Lead – CYP IAPT Inpatient Training Programme
  • Academic lead – Systemic Practice CYP IAPT programme
  • Senior lecturer – MSc and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Current Clinical work;

  • Individual and Family Therapy

I am passionately committed to the delivery of excellent therapeutic services to couples, children, young people and their families. As an accredited Systemic Family Psychotherapist (UKCP), with 25 years of experience working within the mental health service; originally as a mental health nurse and then Systemic Family Psychotherapist, I currently work as Lead Family Therapist at a regional adolescent in-patient unit and hold a number of posts at the University of Exeter. I am lecturer on the MSc in Psychological Therapies and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programmes and Academic Lead for the Systemic Family Practice Child IAPT programme. I am Programme Lead for the Family Intervention for Psychosis Programme, the newly accredited Systemic Supervision Course and the South West CAMHS Inpatient Training Programme. I have expertise in delivering specialist evidence based treatments for children and young people and in delivering whole-team training for Specialist Eating Disorder CAMHS teams.

I use an integrative creative approach and have co-developed and manualised a model of couple therapy in an innovative research-based couple clinic at the Mood Disorders Centre, Exeter University. This intensive clinical training, known as the Exeter Model, was developed and rolled out nationally. In 2014, I started a Doctorate in Clinical Practice exploring and researching service delivery and notions of ‘home’ within an inpatient CAMHS context, due for completion in 2019. As a UKCP registered supervisor with the Association of Family Therapy, I offer systemic creative supervision to groups and individuals. I regularly present and train nationally, am an Associate Editor for the Journal of Family Therapy and past External Examiner for the Institute of Psychiatry. I have published on the Exeter Model, integrative practice, creative approaches in supervision, religion and family therapy, training in psychosis and inpatient family therapy. Most recently, I have contributed to a BBC 3 documentary about family therapy, broadcast in January 2019.

Academic positions – Since 2011, I have been involved in the delivery and design of the MSc in Psychological Therapies systemic strand and is systemic convenor on the Doctoral program for Clinical Psychology. I am the Academic Lead for the Systemic Family Practice CYP IAPT programme, the Programme Lead for the CYP IAPT Inpatient training programme, the Family Intervention for Psychosis Programme and the Systemic Supervision Course.

Evidence Based Practice – Since 2009 I have been involved in the development, delivery, manualisation and now clinical training of the Exeter Model. This is an evidence based integrative couple therapy treatment for depression, which has recently been accredited by the Association of Family Therapy. This model was originally delivered within the ACCEPT clinic at the MDC. For further information about this intensive 5 day training, please see further pages of this website or search for The Exeter Model on the University of Exeter website. You can also watch a podcast about the Exeter Model recorded at the Annual Family Therapy conference in Buxton, 2011 here.

Private Practice – I specialise in couple work and systemic therapy with groups, individuals and families. I completed a Diploma in Creative Supervision and am a UKCP registered supervisor with the Association of Family Therapy. I have further training in Dramatherapy and Group Analysis. I present Nationally and Internationally, and recent publication include the following:


Sherbersky, H., & Gill, M. (2022). ‘Action methods in supervision – an integrative practice approach’ in Embodied Approaches to Supervision: The Listening Body edited by C., Butté & T., Colbert. Taylor & Francis. info

Reibstein, R. & Sherbersky, H. (2022), Manualising the Exeter Model: Couple Therapy for Depression – in Systemic Approaches To Psychotherapy Manuals edited by P., Stratton, M., Mariotti, & G., Saba. info

Sherbersky, H (2021). Viva Talk! In conversation with Professor Hannah Sherbersky (2021), The Systemic Way podcast info

Sherbersky, H., Ziminski, J. and Pote, H. (2021). The journey towards digital systemic competence: Thoughts on training, supervision and competence evaluation. Journal of Family Therapy. info

Sherbersky, H. (2020) Notions of home. UKCP Podcast series. info

Sherbersky, H., & Gill, M. (2020). Creative action techniques in supervision. IFTA Special Edition. Journal of Family Psychotherapy. info

Sherbersky, H., & Gill, M. (2020). Partners and Parents Course. Paired App. © 2020, Paired Ltd. info

Sherbersky, H. (2020). Spotlight – Draw on our own spontaneity. The New Psychotherapist. info\

Sherbersky, H. (2019). ‘I Blame my Parents’. BBC 3 Current Affairs Documentary. Series Producer – Sarah Waldron. info

Sherbersky, H. (2018) ‘A Home for Lost Dummies.’ Psychotherapy Review; The Psychologist. See here.

Burbach, F., Sherbersky, H., Whitlock, R., Rapsey, E., Wright, K., Handley, R., (2018) A unique regional family interventions training programme. Journal of Mental Health Training. See here.

Sherbersky, H. (2018) Rivett, Mark. In: Lebow J., Chambers A., Breunlin D. (eds) Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. Springer, Cham. See here.

Sherbersky, H. (2015) Family therapy and fundamentalism: One family therapist’s exploration of ethics and collaboration with religious fundamentalist families. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry doi:10.1177/1359104515620249. See here.

Sherbersky, H. (2013) ‘Integrating creative approaches within family therapy supervision’ in Creative Supervision across Modalities (Ed. Chesner, A., & Zografou,L) London: Jessica Kingsley. See here.

Sherbersky, H., & Gill, M. (2013) Rediscovering Spontaneity. Context, p.34-38.

Reibstein, J. and Sherbersky, H. (2012) Behavioural and empathic elements of systemic couple therapy: the Exeter Model and a case study of depression. Journal of Family Therapy, 34: 271–283.

Email Hannah via the contact page.

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