Gladys Ellis

RMN, MSc in Systemic Family Psychotherapy

Senior Systemic Family Psychotherapist

Gladys Ellis is a Senior Systemic Family Psychotherapist and Team Coordinator for the Trust’s Child and Adolescents Eating Disorders Service.

As well as working directly with children and adolescents with eating disorders, she is involved in family and multi-family therapy.

Other roles

She is a Placement Supervisor for the MSs in Family Therapy course at the Institute of Psychiatry.


Gladys started her career as a Mental Health Nurse, working with inpatient and outpatient services in West London (Paddington and Notting Hill), North London (Central Middlesex and Shenely) and East London (Newham). She also worked in day hospitals and the voluntary sector with the Post Adoption Service in Kentish Town.

She qualified as a Systemic Family Psychotherapist in 1998 and worked for six years in Greenwich Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) before joining the Trust to specialise in eating disorders.

In 2004, her team at the Trust won the award for child mental health services relating to multi-family therapy at the National Mental Health Development Unit’s (NIMHE) Positive Practice Awards.

She was a notable speaker at ANASA, the first national Greek conference on eating disorders in September 2009.


Current research interests relate to working in a multi-family therapeutic way with families affected by bulimia. Previously, Gladys was involved with the five-year randomised-controlled trial, The Multi-centre Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa in Adolescents.

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