Tel: 07751 722 744
As an accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy), I offer short term counselling and longer term psychotherapy to adults (age 16+).
My therapy room is in North Shields, North Tyneside.
Since I began working as a counsellor in 2004, I have worked with a wide range of clients experiencing varying presenting issues.
I have a special interest in working with eating disorders, body image issues and difficulties around relationships with food and eating.
My initial training was as a person centred therapist, although I now integrate other approaches as appropriate to each client.
I was awarded my PhD in Counselling Studies from Leeds University in November 2017.
Embodying change is a way of working that I have developed as a result of my research and ongoing practice with clients.
Within my doctorate (PhD), I explored eating disorders which led to me becoming increasingly interested in the role of the body in an individual's identity, self- expression and experiencing of themselves within the world.
As a result, I began to focus more on the embodied experiencing of clients to ensure a more holistic and embodied type of change.
Within this, I draw upon theories from body psychotherapy, neuroscience, the nervous system and yoga.
Eating disorders, body image issues and difficulties around relationships with food remain one of my special interests.
Throughout the course of my PhD research I came to understand how yoga theory and philosophy compliment many psychotherapeutic theories and practices.
I came to appreciate that talking therapies are not always the most effective approach to managing emotional and psychological issues. Sometimes, a more embodied perspective can be beneficial in enabling people to access, release and manage feelings, memories and emotions trapped within the body and / or nervous system.
Science is now illustrating how effective yoga can be for helping people manage emotions, regulate the nervous system and generally promote psychological well-being.
I am in the process of setting up and running yoga classes and one-to-one sessions for a range of psychological conditions including stress, anxiety, depression, body image, PTSD and general emotional well-being and resilience.