I welcome all abilities, body types, ethnicities, sexualities, genders, relationship styles, and kinks.
I also welcome sex-workers and others who are marginalised within a patriarchal culture.
I am particularly unique in my open-mindedness – not everything is an issue to be healed or changed, sometimes self-acceptance is all that is needed.
I specialise in making connections between past experiences and current responses, understanding and healing repeating physical or emotional patterns of behavior, and also in working with trauma, CPTSD, sexual issues, and the ‘unusual’.
MA movement psychotherapy
Experienced bodymind psychotherapist in private practice for over 20 years
I am informed by psycho-dynamic psychotherapy, limbic-system therapy, somatic experiencing, meditation, the healing modalities of mysticism, and the latest research in trauma, neuro-biology, and mind-body connection.
The sessions are mainly focused on talking, visualising, body awareness, and authentic movement. I create a gentle and affirming holding environment, in which feelings can be safely expressed, acknowledged and communicated. I also work to support and encourage exploration of movement patterns, muscle tension, and the emotional and verbal experiences of my clients.
My work is based on the knowledge that mind and body are not separate but are parts of one intrinsic whole. As well as verbal communication, body and movement are used in the sessions as vehicles for expression and communication for the pre-verbal and the subconscious. Through this, I enable clients to understand the biological nature of memory and to utilise the neuroplasticity of the brain to enable memory re-consolidation.
Over 20 years in private practice – including group, individual, adult, child, and family psychotherapy – my methods have proved to be unique, successful, and a vibrant method of healing. My techniques help people to develop self-compassion, recognise and change unhelpful patterns of behaviour, and to move quickly from pain and trauma into health, growth, and empowerment.
TRAININGS AND QUALIFICATIONS
M.A. Body and Movement Psychotherapy 1997
Urban Tantra Professional Training Program with Barbara Carrellas 2012
Sexual Practitioner Training with Rebecca Lowrie 2012
Certified practitioner of the Rewind Technique with Dr David Muss 2014
I can help with many things including:
- sexual issues
- post traumatic stress
- managing trigger responses
- realigning unhelpful thinking
- recovering from childhood trauma
- exploring relationships, sexuality, and gender
- understanding/coming to terms with fetishes and fantasies
- healing from body and sexual trauma (including pregnancy/giving birth)
- the impact of trauma and stress on disease and physical health – muscle locking, CFS/ME, autoimmune and inflammatory illness
My continuing education includes courses completed with NICABM (National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine) 2018 onwards.
- Tolerating disregulation and returning from hyper-arousal
- Epigenetics and the impacts of CPTSD
- The neuro-biology of attachment
- Transforming behavioral patterns
- Avoidance strategies
- Stuck relationships
- Brain focused strategies for depression
- Fostering post-traumatic growth
- Expert strategies for working with anxiety
- How to work with the traumatised brain
About the Sessions
1-1 Sessions usually last 1 hour, including a 10 minute wind down at the end, and can be held on the phone, video message, or in person.
I offer a sliding pay scale based on your financial situation, so please contact me for details of this.
One off, or short-term goal-oriented sessions are all welcome.
For longer term work, our initial meeting will help you to decide whether you would like to work with me or not. You can tell me about yourself and ask me any questions.
Sessions continue weekly on an ongoing basis until the work is complete and goals have been achieved, or until you or I wish to end the sessions. We will periodically review how the sessions are going and/or reassess any goals we made at the beginning.