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About me

ADMP UK registered Psychotherapist (MA Dance and Movement).

DMP for me is a very beautiful way of working therapeutically. It allows a person to connect with themselves through different creative tools. Allowing self discovery, expression and most importantly a safe place in which to explore their needs.

DMP is open to all ages and abilities regardless of background or experience, you do not have to be a dancer or have a flair for movement, a common misconception. The nature of DMP is that you/your child feels safe and at ease to express in ways you/your child feels comfortable.

DMP offers the best of both worlds, being able to talk and/or communicate in a range of creative ways. It has been used with Dementia, Parkinson’s, Mental health and special educational needs.

Before training as a DMP I had eight years experience in teaching and being involved in performing arts.

I taught across a wide range of age groups from four to sixteen, teaching mainly in the performing arts. I have gained experience in primary, secondary and community educational settings. This has enabled me to both observe and communicate on many different levels with children and young people, as well as adults. In my experience the hard to reach children/young people are those that feel they have have no where or no one to turn to. They may be experiencing difficult emotions which can be associated to any number of situations. The pressure of exams, making decisions for a future that they have not yet figured out, problems at home or at school can all contribute to how a child/young person may communicate. This can be frustrating for individuals and they will begin to find alternate ways to express themselves. During my time as a teacher, I found that more often than not a child/young person just wants to feel seen, heard and understood. Communication is vital in achieving this and that is where performing arts can often be at its most effective. My own experience as a performer and teacher enabled me to communicate by finding common ground in which a trusting and safe relationship can be established for effective communication.

In those eight years, I witnessed the positive effects performing arts had on young people who were experiencing difficult emotions and stress and wondered how I could apply this to help others directly. This brought me to DMP.

During my training and since qualifying, I have experience of working with children and young people, dementia and the mental health field.

I’ve worked with young people with Autism and DMP can be particularly beneficial for those who experience social anxiety and communication, including social communication difficulties.

I adopt a Person-Centred approach which aims to develop an empathic and unconditional relationship where children, young people and adults can feel safe.

Whether you or your child have anxiety, depression, stress or are experiencing effects from a traumatic event in your life, I can offer support in a safe, contained and confidential space where you or your child can express thoughts and feelings in a way that feels comfortable for you or your child and using a creative approach.

DMP embodies creativity and your child or you will be free to express yourself and your inner experiences through Art, use of props, movement, voice/song, writing, talking or a combination.

My aim as a Psychotherapist is to be there to support your child/you to explore and process difficult thoughts and emotions, leading to understanding, acceptance and change.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MA Dance and Movement Psychotherapy
  • ADMP UK Registered
  • Level 2 Counselling
  • BA Joint Hons Dance and Drama
  • CBT

Member organisations


Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMP)

ADMP UK is the professional organisation for the profession for Dance Movement Psychotherapy in the United Kingdom.

They aim to support the development of DMP in the UK and internationally; foster communication among Dance Movement Psychotherapists (DMPs); and promote the use of DMP throughout the United Kingdom and abroad.


Additional information

Groups: £150 1hr session

*Available to schools, colleges, Care homes and businesses. (Please contact for details)

Individual: £40 1h (initial assesment only) further sessions are £70 1h session.

When I work

Please contact for availability.

Further information

There are occasions in everyones life where they may need extra emotional support from a neutral and non-judgmental source. Dance and Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) gives a little extra in providing an alternative mode of expression where words either fail us or are simply not enough to express feelings, thoughts or emotions. DMP allows an individual with support from the therapist, to find different ways in which to find a voice and lead us on the journey to becoming more centred.

Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

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