I first became interested in therapy when I realised that I had wounds from the past that I could not heal alone and so I started on my therapy journey. I got an enormous amount out of this and began to see my- self making changes that I had not previously thought possible. I have a strong sense of social justice which led me earlier to train as a legal aid lawyer. I worked in Law Centres with homeless people and refugees. I then felt I wanted to change my career as I was more attracted to the stories of my clients than to the law.
I experienced emotions primarily in my body but often tried unsuccessfully to work out problems in my head. This attracted me to train to be a psychotherapist at the Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy which focussed on the integration of the mind and body. I gained full accreditation as a Body Psychotherapist in 2006.
I have worked primarily as a Psychotherapist in Private Practice. I have also worked in a drug and alcohol clinic and a GPs surgery and with employees in Employee Assistance Programmes. I worked for some time in The Psychosynthesis & Education Trust developing and supporting its psychotherapy graduates. I have done a placement as a Children’s counsellor in The Place2Be working with primary age children and also a placement shadowing psychiatrists working with Schizophrenia at The Maudsley Hospital. I have run Continual Professional Development Courses at The Chiron Association of Body Psychotherapists for women with fertility issues.
I have practiced yoga, meditation and mindfulness for many years. These traditions teach acceptance and compassion and these are qualities, together with warmth empathy and integrity that I aim to bring into my psychotherapeutic practice.
I completed a Trauma and Tension Releasing Exercise Training at Level 1 and I am very excited to have started a 500 hour training as a Yoga Therapist at The Minded Institute. I trained in Biodynamic Massage as part of my Body Psychotherapy training at The Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy.
I am a member of the Chiron Association for Body Psychotherapists and am accredited with the UKCP, the UK regulator of Psychotherapy. I adhere to The CABP’s Code of Practice and Ethics. I am also a member of the BACP.
You can learn more about the issues I have worked with here.