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About me

I offer a safe, confidential, welcoming space where you can safely explore your feelings and difficulties. The work I do can be fun, dynamic - and depending on your commitment - it can bring succinct and satisfying results. I recommend an initial assessment, followed by 6 weeks of therapy and then a review. This ensures we stay in focus and you are getting the most out of the Therapy service.

I am fully trained and experienced Art's Psychotherapist in Dramatherapy and Family Therapy. (B.A.Hons, PgDip, MA) I am a full member of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth) and Healthcare Professionals Council (HCPC). Dramatherapy is the use of Drama Techniques (not necessarily role-play) with the intention of healing. It can take the form of image making, writing, story-telling, object sculpts, Gestalt and Psychdrama to enable you to make the sub-conscious, conscious. where difficulties can be brought to the surface and healed, giving a voice to buried and suppressed feelings. Talking can be a valuable part of the therapy, but with my approach you will find that you will be able to access your own instincts and place of healing, often non-verbally.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have some 20 years experience working as an Arts Psychotherapist and Family Therapy Worker in a variety of Mental Health settings including Forensic Psychiatric Units, medium secure units for BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder/Self-harmers), Community Rehabilitation Units and Schools. I recently ran the Family Mediation Service for 3 years at a local children's Charity in Colchester and Tendring.

I have adopted a flexible, eclectic approach to Therapy and clients, depending on your individual needs. I work one to one and systemically with children, adults, adolescents and their families. So if you are having problems communicating with, or understanding your kids, please feel free to contact me.

I am a full member of British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth) and the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC).

I am a Guest Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and Cambridge University teaching Psychology/Counselling/Psychotherapy/Dramatherapy.

I have work published in Dramatherapy and Ritual Theatre textbooks on the subjects of PTSD, Personality Disorder, Forensic Psychiatry. I specialise in children, adolescents and family loss and trauma after working Sri Lanka after the Tsunami. I have also spoken on the subject of Therapy at various specialist conferences.

I am currently working with high profile/well known clients, so I am flexible around negotiating a suitable Therapy space.

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Additional information

Because I feel that Therapy should be available to everyone, I work on a sliding scale of fees so that everyone can afford Therapy. You can call me to discuss what is affordable for you, depending on your financial circumstances.

Further information

If you, your children or any of your family are living with any of the following, I can help:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Lack of confidence
  • Low self-worth
  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Loss
  • Grief
  • Trauma
  • Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Self-harm
  • Relationship problems.

Colchester, Essex, CO1

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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