Currently working online via Zoom.
In October working face to face from Hermitage, Berkshire.
I specialise in working with complex mental health symptoms through a three-tier treatment model, aiming to shift and relieve symptoms on a neurobiological and somatic level.
In sessions I focus on the need to establish safety and stability in your nervous system supported through developing skills in psychoeducation, mindfulness and increasing upon your capacity to become more embodied. You will be central to forming the rhythm and pace of your recovery in collaboration with my expertise.
When you are ready and with increasing capacity we can begin to focus more on processing the emotional and somatic based remnants of your past experiences in the nervous system. Leading to fuller integration in your sense of self. With specific interest in ‘IFS for Trauma’, structural disassociation and treating psychosexual complexities.
In my practice I work with an integrative theoretical model woven alongside the use of the expressive arts. I facilitate connection with your visual, bodily, and relational experience, leading to a bespoke understanding of their therapeutic process. This creative therapeutic alliance is achieved using Sandtray, music, movement, sculpture, painting and drawing, poetry, creative writing, drama, play, and connection with nature. Use of the arts is optional.
In the past I have worked with complex behavioural needs and disabilities within adolescents and adults. And as a group facilitator in a Therapeutic Community for EUPD, on secure wards for elderly patients, supporting them to access connection with arts and self-expression. I have worked as a Trauma Therapist at Khiron Clinics since November 2018, and currently maintain a role as Primary Trauma Therapist. In this role I have been delivering 1to1s and a wide array of groups. With access to supervision from international leads in the trauma field, such as Deb Dana, Colleen De-Rango, Ditte Marcher and Janina Fisher. I will be leaving this place of work in September 2021, to establish my private practice full time. Where I welcome those seeking support for their mind-body health.
Completed Masters in Integrative Art Psychotherapy, with Merit.
When starting a therapeutic alliance together I am agreeing to support you to identify treatment goals and use my skill set to help you achieve them. It is in my best interest to support you to begin envisaging how you would like to use the resources available to you in the therapeutic session. Whilst working together your treatment will be typically staggered over three stages, from stabilisation, processing, and reintegration. Dependant on the point of entry and exit into therapy, the treatment model will be adjusted to meet your specific needs. I do recommend that you find a way to journal your experience, this could be through words, imagery, collage, music, creative writing such as poetry and stories. These reflections can be built upon further in the sessions, whilst adding to a truly personalised and bespoke exploration of your experience.
Speaking of Sex: Integrating Couples and Sex Therapy, Psychotherapy Excellence, 2021
The Realisation Festival, Saint Giles House, Perspectiva Group, 2021
Sex, Desire and Relationship Issues, Psychotherapy Excellence, 2021
Healing Trauma with Guided Drawing; A bilateral approach to sensorimotor body mapping, BAAT, 2021
Breaking the Bonds of Sexual Trauma, Psychotherapy Excellence, 2020
Safeguarding for Adults, Able Training, 2020
Sensory Processing and Trauma, Tania Barney, 2020
IFS for Trauma, Psychotherapy Excellence, 2020
Ligature Awareness and Protocol, Able Training, 2019
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level One, Sensorimotor Institute, 80 hours, 2019
Polyvagal Training, Deb Dana, 2019
Trainings pre 2019
Arts based Counselling Skills, The Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education, London, 2016
Advanced Diploma in the Application of Arts in Therapy and Education, London, one year, 2015
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.