Supporting traumatised children, their families and carers and the teams and organisations around them.

After qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 2009 I worked in a therapeutic fostering service and a CAMHS team for looked after and adopted children. In 2012, I joined an independent psychology service, where I developed and led a service for children and young people with attachment difficulties and developmental trauma.

I specialise in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Practice (DDP) and have training and supervision from Dr Kim Golding. I am also on the Board of Directors with DDP Connects UK and DDPI, helping to oversee and develop DDP in the UK and around the world.

I set up Dr Billy Smythe Limited in spring 2021 to focus on this work, with a vision of helping others to feel equipped to understand, connect with and support traumatised children and young people. I aim to help services to embed DDP and put relationships at the heart of their ethos.  


I am a certified DDP Trainer and provide introductory, Level One, Level Two and refresher DDP Trainings. I also provide bespoke training and workshops about relational trauma and attachment.


I provide consultation and support to a wide range of CAMHS and social care services, Regional Adoption Agency and independent organisations around the UK.

I am passionate about embedding and bringing DDP practice to life in organisations and supporting teams to understand and connect with children and families. I worked with Adoption Central England to become a DDP Certified Organisation and consult with other services also embarking on this journey. 


I provide supervision to individuals and teams working with children and families where there has been an experience of relational trauma. This can be clinical ‘case’ supervision, supervision around service development or DDP specific supervision. As a certified DDP Consultant I provide Practicum supervision for therapists working towards becoming certified DDP practitioners.


I am currently unavailable for therapy.

How to contact me

Please e-mail billy@drbillysmythe.com to contact me.