I am passionate about providing a safe respectful therapeutic experience particularly for individuals who have had a negative therapeutic experience in the past or for individuals who are new to therapy and counselling.
I have a particular interest in exploring ways to creatively engage with adolescents through the use of somatic therapies, movement, story and their connections with others. I find joy in working with adolescents who are resistant to therapy or who have had a previous negative therapeutic experience.
My aim is to offer you the therapeutic services that best meet your individual needs and goals. I draw from a wide range of evidence-based therapies developed from the latest research. I am particularly interested in those therapies that address the impacts of stress and trauma on the human brain and nervous system. In addition to traditional mental health approaches, I may also incorporate mind-body oriented therapies to help you achieve a more holistic approach to your well-being.
I am a qualified yoga teacher, with training in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga. I may use this as a tool in assisting you to begin building a relationship between your mind and body through breath and movement.
I provide a compassionate, safe, and supportive environment in which you can explore the issues and challenges you face. I utilise a person-centred approach, recognising that each person comes with their own intrinsic wisdom and lived experience.
My role is to help empower you to connect with strengths and skills you already possess and to integrate these with new skills and ways of being. My therapeutic model is eclectic and is drawn from the following models/theories: Attachment theory, neurobiology and developmental trauma, Somatic Experiencing, mindfulness-based therapies, Dyadic Developmental Therapy (DDP), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, somatic and sensorimotor techniques, expressive therapies (including play, art and dance), Theraplay, trauma-sensitive yoga and narrative therapy.
On a personal note, I believe life is a journey and I find meaning in supporting people. I continue my own journey of self-knowledge through personal reflective therapy and professional supervision as a commitment to my own self-care and practice.