I am an integrative psychotherapist supporting people, aged from 4 years old upwards, to make meaningful change to improve their quality of life. I draw on a diverse range of theory and practical approaches to offer an individualised and flexible approach to best suit those I am working alongside.
I am additionally trained in Somatic Trauma Therapy, EMDR, Sensorimotor Guided Drawing, Yoga Therapy, Yogic Mindfulness, Movement for Trauma, Nature-based work and other body/somatic therapeutic approaches (for more information see the About page on my website).
I integrate transactional analysis, neuroscience, attachment, and somatic trauma therapy with movement & gesture, creativity (including clay, paint, sandtray, drawing, sculpture), image-work, nature-connection, yoga, and mindfulness.
As an eco-psychotherapist, I combine psychotherapy with nature connection, offering sessions outdoors in woodlands and in the wider Lake District National Park. I offer a range ways to integrate nature to our sessions including online and indoors using metaphor and natural objects; outdoors walking and talking, activities to deepen nature-connection; and therapy outdoors. We would discuss options in the initial meeting. Research has shown that connecting with nature offers vast benefits including a reduction in anxiety, depression, and inflammation. It can offer feelings of belonging and cultivate curiosity and motivation. This can also be useful in working with climate-anxiety.
This matrix of complementary theories and approaches gives me a toolbox with which to offer an individualised approach that is most appropriate in that moment with that client.
I have experience of working with people who are experiencing PTSD, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, selective mutism, separation anxiety, developmental trauma and ADHD. I have worked with people to support them to feel more in control of overwhelming emotions, more able to make decisions and hold boundaries, to feel more grounded and centred, to feel stable and safe, to feel certain about being valuable, capable, lovable, powerful, and equal.
I have co-written a workbook with Babette Rothschild (a world specialist in the field): 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery Workbook, and another publication that is soon to be published by WW Norton, Wild and Wellbeing Card Deck which explores nature-connection and wellbeing.
Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.