Hannah Sherbersky

Hannah Sherbersky MSC AFT UKCP

Hannah S photo for handbook

Family and Systemic Therapist –  Couple Therapist – UKCP Supervisor

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

Current positions at the University of Exeter;

  • 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;

  • Family Therapist at Regional In-Patient Unit

Clinical work – As a clinician, Hannah is passionately committed to the delivery of excellent therapeutic services to children, young people and their families and has worked for over 20 years within the mental health service in various different roles. Hannah originally trained as a Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) in Brighton and worked in adult acute psychiatric services, before relocating to Devon in 1998. Having worked for a year in adult services in Devon, she went on to then work in a research based sex and relationship programme in secondary schools for three years before returning to work within the CAMHS as a Community Psychiatric Nurse.  In 2005 Hannah joined the Family Therapy Service in the local CAMHS team and completed an MSc in Psychological Therapies (Systemic strand) at Exeter University, qualifying as a Family and Systemic Therapist. Hannah continues to work part time as a Family Therapist at a regional adolescent in-patient unit  in Devon.

Academic positions – Since 2011, Hannah has 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. Hannah is 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 Hannah has 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 – Hannah specialises in couple work and systemic therapy with groups, individuals and families. Hannah has completed a Diploma in Creative Supervision and is a UKCP registered supervisor with the Association of Family Therapy. Hannah has further training in Dramatherapy and Group Analysis. She presents nationally and published on the Exeter Model and integrative practice, having recently contributed a chapter on creative approaches in systemic supervision in ‘Creative Supervision across Modalities’ published by Jessica Kingsley.


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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