I have been practising for 21 years as a psychotherapist and 26 years as a counsellor and healer. For the last 15 years, I have been supervising students at The Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE) in London, and for 13 years worked with experiential teaching groups; this is a wonderful training for facilitators as we are given more or less complete freedom to work with our groups in our own ways. 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 workshops again.
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 six years with superb integrative trauma therapist, Andri White, while practising yoga and the many skilled teachers from whom I learned – especially Bridget Woods-Kramer and Catherine Annis – 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 dissociative disorders and trauma, 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 a UKCP-registered supervisor and training supervisor.
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 courses and seminars, especially in the areas of relational neuroscience, developmental trauma and body-mind therapies.