I was always interested in life's big questions. Like many in this field who identify with the ‘wounded healer’ archetype, I felt called to do healing work with others because of my own early experiences and subsequent wonderings about the nature of emotional suffering. I studied psychology at A-level and then went on to study for a BSc (Hons) Psychology at Goldsmiths College in London. Wanting to know more about the roots of psychotherapy I did an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies at Sheffield University. At the same time that I embarked on Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy training, I took up the practice of meditation.
Near the end of my psychotherapy training, while working in a suicide and self-harm prevention service I began to see younger clients. Sometimes they did not have the words to communicate how they were feeling. The relationship is central to my approach and I had to find safe ways to connect and yet help them move forward. I began to use some creative techniques my own therapist had used with me. I remembered that when I didn't have the words and felt "stuck" she would invite me to "play" using techniques that involved my imagination. This enabled me to access and explore my emotions and challenging situations. Although initially reluctant, I found it unlocked an awareness of my inner world in a safe and fun way.
I found this so useful that after my initial training I studied creative psychotherapy and play therapy and began to use a more imaginative approach than regular conversation. Eventually, this led me to do a Doctorate in Psychotherapy at Dublin City University where I researched the use of creativity, finding support that it is a useful tool in the discovery of the self and promotes emotional well-being. I also trained as a supervisor offering creative psychotherapeutic supervision. Influenced by many psychotherapeutic models, I use these to help inform me in my practice, depending on the individual needs of the client. Yet, essentially I have an Existential, Humanistic, and Jungian way of working. My research findings, my training as a yoga teacher over twenty years ago, together with my personal meditation practice have all influenced my approach.
I am also a middle-grade fantasy author believing in the power of storytelling as a vehicle for insight and healing.
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Thank you for reading. If you feel motivated and curious to explore your own healing, and you feel my approach might work for you, please contact me. Your healing journey can begin here.