Trauma is not what happens to you, but what happens inside of you as a result of what happens to you. It does not have to be a life sentence."
- Peter Levine & Gabor Mate -
As a somatic psychotherapist, I strongly believe in the connection between the body and the mind. Our bodies react in ways that we don't always understand and this can be both frustrating and frightening. Some ways in which this might present itself are acute anxiety, panic attacks, unexplained physical symptoms such as backache, headaches, and inflammation, feeling stuck or immobilised, anger issues and feeling fearful or under attack even though your mind knows you are safe.
Talking therapies allow people to speak about their difficult life experiences, get them out of their heads and process them with the guidance of a skilled therapist. It is an enormously effective way of helping people to experience positive change and move on with their lives. What we forget, however, is that the body experiences these things too. In fact, the body experiences them first in the form of sensations, and then the mind perceives the experience, often through whichever filter is available or is deemed safest at the time. While we attend to the confusion and pain in our minds, the body is not often attended to even though it needs to process the experiences as much, if not more, than the mind does.
Working with the body simply means that, while talking, I might draw your attention to how you are feeling physically and invite you to be aware of these physical sensations during your sessions. These might be tightness in the chest or a hollow feeling in the stomach. We allow those "gut feelings" to have as much say in your explorations as your words do. By gently bringing your attention to those feelings while also attending to your thoughts and understanding of a situation, your body and brain reconnect without the overwhelm that you might ordinarily feel. My somatic therapy is based on the world-renowned work of Dr. Peter Levine.
I have experience working with clients, both men and women, on issues including anxiety, childhood trauma, single traumatic events, domestic violence, emotional and sexual abuse, bullying, boarding school survivors, suicidal ideation, family/relationship conflict, anger, acute shame, frustration and low self-esteem.
Finding the right therapist is essential to creating an environment in which you can begin to heal. I understand that coming to therapy can be a frightening prospect, and if you're anything like me, you'd feel better if you were armed with as much information as possible. This is why I offer a free 20-minute initial consultation, in person or via Zoom where you will be able to ask any questions that are on your mind about the process of counselling and how it all works. I am also happy to do this over email if you prefer.
How I work
I believe that the patterns that reveal themselves in our day to day lives and which prevent us from living wholeheartedly have their origins in the past. These patterns can affect our relationships with others, and also with ourselves. Acknowledging and understanding these origins can lead to healing in all areas of our lives but it requires a specific environment to be able to explore those wounds which have led to our patterns of behaviour. Counselling provides this space and is a unique relationship that is founded on respect and authenticity, with your wellbeing always at the forefront of the work. I create a calming and safe space to allow you to explore, at your own pace, the issues that you are struggling with.
"Why I work
Maya Angelou once said: "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you." It takes enormous strength to share your story with another human being and it is a rare privilege, as a counsellor, to bear witness to it. My hope is that in the process of sharing your wounds and journeying towards healing, you will find the peace and understanding that you so richly deserve
Where I work
Trowbridge and Online
Get in touch for a short no-obligation consult which may help you to decide if I'm the right person for you. You will find further information on my website about counselling, and mental health in general.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- CPCAB Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling.
- MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy - I am currently furthering my study with a focus on trauma and trauma treatment, as well as Boarding School Survivors.
- Introduction to Somatic Experiencing® SOS Internationale
- Somatic Experiencing® for the treatment of trauma (Trainee Practitioner)
- Certified in Mental Health First Aid
Alongside my private practice, I work with Bath Mind in their crisis support team based in the centre of Bath and currently run a trauma clinic within the service.
SHOUT UK ( A text in crisis support service)
As a crisis volunteer, I supported people in the midst of personal crises. The support ranges from school exam pressure and bullying to relationship issues and suicidal thoughts.
Association for Christian Counsellors
The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK. The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Somatic Experiencing® (helping to resolve trauma and trauma symptoms)
Boarding School Survivors
Prolonged or single event trauma
Adult survivors of school bullying
£65.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Free 20 minute Initial Consultation (carried out in person or via Zoom)
50-minute session rate £65
Concession rates (£45) are available if you are struggling financially. Spaces are time-limited to six weeks to ensure that these spaces remain accessible to as many people as possible.
I am currently taking new clients in Trowbridge.
Strict policies are in place to maintain government guidelines. I have had both vaccinations. The use of a mask during the session is voluntary and I am happy to wear one if this makes you more comfortable. Please don't feel you can't ask.
Online sessions are available temporarily for those who do not want face to face sessions at this time.