As a Dance Movement Psychotherapist I facilitate the Psychotherapeutic use of movement and dance, through which a person can engage creatively with a process to further their emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration. No previous dance experience is required, only a curiosity to explore moving the body into new ways of being. The therapeutic space is a safe confidential space for this exploration to unfold.
Dance can be your voice when words are hard to find.
My approach is a humanistic integrated approach drawing from Psychodynamic, Gestalt, Person-Centered and developmental theories of practice.
‘Registered under ADMPUK and UKCP’
My professional journey began unknowingly at quite a young age when my own internal struggle and existential pain was completely at odds with the family and greater community that I was born into. After many years of denying the hard truth of my pain and numbing out to its existence, I chose to look inward and began the long and at times painful process of rediscovering my innate capacity to heal and embrace life. After some time I found I was no longer hurting in the ways that once consumed me and no longer making choices that could re-injure myself. Through this process, I decided to help others in finding authenticity, self-acceptance, and emotional balance.
In 2010 I began my training in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy. From there I became interested in group work and completed further training in Group Analysis. Since my initial qualifications, I have found it the greatest privilege to work with others to assist them in learning how to gain mastery over their lives and deepen their relationships. I have worked with a diverse range of individuals and have an unwavering trust in the human ability to heal and thrive if given the right support.
I am a counsellor with a wealth of experience of difficult issues which seem very hard to shake off. Due to several aspects of my own life experience, I deeply understand how depression, anxiety, confusion, or having stressful and angry feelings towards those who are closest to us can make life feel confusing, and hard to bear.
I work mostly with adults of eighteen and over and I am also fully trained to work with children and adolescents, which has enriched my understanding and response in all my client work with parents, couples and families. I use art as a communicative tool, at times employing my art therapy skills in various settings.
It is important to me that the techniques I use are effective, and generalised anxiety and phobias have been shown to respond to EMDR therapy. So if you are having flashbacks to a distressing event or feel overwhelmed by anxiety or a phobia, I can offer EMDR. Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma.
I am also a qualified clinical supervisor.
I am a member British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, I am on the accredited voluntary register of the BACP and on the UKRCP register (United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists), a member of the EMDR Association and the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) as an art psychotherapist (I have an MA in Art Therapy).