I am a fully qualified psychotherapist using a variety of approaches depending on the preferences and needs of each individual.
My expertise is in identifying movement patterns and held body tensions that may be unknown by an individual and held as implicit body memories. Movement reflects everything about us and can support us in expressing feelings and emotions that we cannot put into words. We are continually moving through our breath, the way we balance when standing, our use of gestures, the ways in which we respond to stimuli and our habitual patterns. Just as the mind can influence how we move; our movement can also influence our mind. By making small changes to the way in which we move we can make gradual shifts in the way we think and feel.
Everything we do involves movement, and this gives flexibility in how we can work together. You may choose to talk about your experiences and/or engage in creative approaches such as artwork, music, visualisation techniques, role play, movement and dance.
I am able to support adults (individuals and couples) and adolescents with a range of difficulties. I am particularly experienced in working with anxiety, depression, obsessive behaviours, and past trauma. I can support you to gain a better sense of yourself, learn to cope with difficult situations, manage fears and anxieties, and develop more autonomy.
I provide a comfortable therapy space from my home in High Bentham, a quiet location between Lancaster (Lancashire) and Settle (North Yorkshire). Sessions can be in person or via Zoom.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy, 2016
- Accreditation with ADMP UK, 2016
- Registered Private Practitioner
- Registered Supervisor (ADMP UK and recognised by HIPC/UKCP) - Creative Approaches to Supervision (London Centre for Psychodrama), 2019-2020
- UKCP trainee psychotherapist
- Experience in working with clients across the lifespan and with a variety of difficulties
Some of my current work involves supporting clients with disordered eating patterns and other presenting issues. Alongside this, I lead and lecture on the MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy programme at the University of Derby.
I have also supported adults and young people with various difficulties that have included autism, ADHD, anxiety, OCD, depression, self-harm, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, abuse and trauma.
I have experience in working with adults receiving palliative care. I am able to support individuals who have received a diagnosis of cancer.
I have an undergraduate degree in Dance and in Nutrition and Dietetics. I am a member of the National Autistic Society, and have been for many years.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£70.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
To arrange a free 30 minute introductory session (via Zoom or Doxy) you can email (email@example.com) or text/call me (07443 959559).
This introductory session will give you a chance to ask questions, decide if this type of therapy is right for you and see if I am the person you would like to work with. You can then make the choice as to whether or not you would like to arrange further therapy sessions (on a weekly or fortnightly basis). The cost of these further sessions is outlined below:
- £70 - individual session (1 hour)
- £100 - couples / family session (1 hour)
Concessionary fees available for students and those unemployed.
When I work
I am experienced in providing creative supervision for individuals and groups.
I am continually developing my work, for example:
- I am certified as a Kestenberg Movement Profile Analyst and Trainer. This detailed system for observing specific movement qualities allows for a greater depth of understanding in how the body influences the mind and vice versa.
- As a Zero Balancing trainee practitioner I use skilled touch as a way of balancing energy within the body.
- I attend regular training and allow time for reading and research.
I enjoy daily dog walks with my husband and family dog, spending time with my two boys, and practicing yoga.