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Mary Haley
Mary Haley is Head of Psychotherapy and a Wing Therapist at HMP Grendon, which is a wholly therapeutic prison for men comprising of four main therapeutic communities, an assessment unit and an additional Therapeutic Community which is designed for prisoners with learning disabilities. She is a UKCP registered psychotherapist and has spent over a decade providing individual therapy in prisons on an 'out-patient' basis on the prison wings before moving to the therapeutic communities at HMP Grendon.

Prior to qualifying in psychotherapy, she was a prison governor for over 17 years and has held both operational and policy posts. She has held senior training posts including head of prison management training, head of operational training and head of training for new prison officers. In addition, she was operational advisor to the women's policy group at prison headquarters for a period. Her main interests since qualifying in psychotherapy have been personality disorders and the effects of long-term trauma.
Mary Haley

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Forensic Psychotherapy: Pathologies and Treatment Strategies
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