I have been practising for 22 years as a psychotherapist and 16 years as a supervisor. For 13 years, I was a training supervisor and experiential group facilitator at The Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE) in London, piloting ways of teaching an integrative therapy for developmental trauma in a small group, experiential setting. Before that, I taught my own courses and workshops, including a one-year foundation course in counselling and psychotherapy – and in 2016 I gave back all my teaching contracts at CCPE to focus on running my own courses on healing complex trauma.
I’m a former linguist and teacher (and professional dancer) with an MA from the University of Oxford and a PGCE from the Institute of Education, London. I have postgraduate diplomas in psychotherapy and supervision and a postgraduate certificate in dreamwork. I learned to work with complex trauma and dissociative disorders ‘from the bottom up’, from my own experience of healing and integration over seven years in an integrative, relational trauma therapy – while practising yoga, and the many skilled teachers from whom I learned, especially Catherine Annis and Bridget Woods-Kramer, taught me the power of working with the body to heal complex trauma. At the same time, I started reading everything I could find on the new ways of understanding and working with trauma and dissociation, and attending courses and seminars; I have completed Dr Bessel van der Kolk’s Intensive Trauma Treatment course, and Deborah Korn’s course, Treating Complex Trauma: Optimal Integration of Treatment Models, at the Cape Cod Institute in the US. I am also an EMDR therapist and weave EMDR into my work.
The practice of psychotherapy is changing rapidly and I keep learning and updating my work through reading, consultation with colleagues and continuing to practise yoga and attend workshops (with Dolores Mosquera, Kathy Steele and others) on the latest developments in trauma-informed psychotherapy.