Founder, therapeutic consultant & workshop leader
I am a dramatherapist, systemic practitioner, school counsellor and parent coach who specialises in work with children and families.
For the past 5 years, I have been working as a Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultant to a leading London Prep School, setting up and running the school's SEAL provision and counselling service.
Since qualifying 14 years ago, I have worked therapeutically in education, NHS, charity and arts organisations as well as in private practice. I also have a background in theatre and work with the literary departments of The Orange Tree and Theatre 503.
I trained at The Tavistock Clinic (PG Cert/Dip Applied Systemic Theory), Central School of Speeach and Drama (MA Drama and Movement Therapy) and Edinburgh University (MA Hons History). I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council who regulate allied health professionals across the country. You can check my registration by clicking here.
I am a parent to two children who regularly remind me of the difference between theory and practice! I have a particular interest in working with families who have been through, or are going through, divorce or separation.
I am an Arts Therapist (Drama) and Systemic Practitioner with over 14 years dedicated to working with children, adults, couples and families in a variety of settings, including an NHS Family Service, schools, an Early Intervention Service and in private practice.
My therapeutic work in education started in schools throughout Hackney, within its local authority Behaviour and Education Specialist Team. At this time I also ran a therapy service in a specialist school for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Following this, I was the resident school therapist for seven schools, as part of Newham Schools Counselling Service. Most recently, I created and ran a freelance therapy and consultancy service for the children, parents, families, staff and governors of an inner London school. This whole school approach reflects my belief that in order for a whole system to flourish, each of its members must be supported and able to do so.
Central to my work with young people, parents and families is establishing a supportive, non-blaming environment where concerns are heard and practical guidance and strategies shared to increase insight, aid decision- making and transform difficulties.
I am a Creative Arts Therapist, School Counsellor and Drama Practitioner. I have spent 14 years working in a variety of educational settings, with a particular specialism in disability and SEN.
I trained in the field of Community Theatre and Theatre in Education, before undertaking a Masters in Drama and Movement Therapy at Central School of Speech and Drama in 2005. I am registered with the Heath and Care Professions Council.
As a therapist I have worked in both mainstream, private and specialist school settings, delivering individual and group therapy to children aged 4-18 years with a wide range of needs. My work as a therapist has supported children and their families with emotional difficulties and issues caused by childhood trauma, family separation or bereavement.
As a Drama Practitioner I have delivered specialist drama workshops over many years, written a book and numerous school resource packs in the field of drama and SEN.
I am a mother of three and learn constantly from my own children about myself and the world at large. They are truly the best teachers!
I am an actor, early years practitioner, communication coach and facilitator. I use my creative practice, educational training, and youth work background to build supportive, self-reflective spaces within which young people of all ages can learn and develop.
I trained at Central School of Speech and Drama (MA Music Theatre), Kingston University (Early Years Professional Status), and University of Cambridge (BA Hons History). My acting work has included family shows at Little Angel Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe, as well as roles at The Orange Tree Theatre and Theatre Royal Plymouth. As an educator, coach, and facilitator I have worked with Apples and Honey Nursery, MET Film School, The Advocacy Academy, and The Unreasonables, as well as my own private practice.
I am the business consultant for EQ/Prep. In the past I have worked in small independent charities and spent several years as Executive Assistant to the UK CEO of a major international market research firm, with a strategic view across a number of business verticals.
More recently I have consulted as a patient expert for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE); working in their Technology Appraisal process to help bring ground breaking new drug treatments to UK based patients. By Summer 2021 I will qualify as a personal trainer, with a special interest in supporting those with newly diagnosed lifelong conditions to manage their holistic health in order to lead full and dynamic lives.
I am mother to a young boy and truly believe that fostering a curious, emotionally engaged childhood is key to growing into a resilient, independent adult.
Experience You Can Count On
Systemic therapy is about how we relate to each other and not just to ourselves. It is a way in which families, couples, siblings and people who care about each other can learn to communicate more effectively.
When a therapist works with individuals systemically, they explore the individual in context of the relationships around them. It is a chance to explore the beliefs we hold and the stories we tell about ourselves and others in order to make changes within our 'systems'.
Systemic therapists use a verbal approach, asking questions and encouraging people to explore each other's experiences and feelings to bring about change.
Dramatherapy is a way of working therapeutically using play, puppets, story, movement and other creative mediums. It is not just for children, but is often used as a gentle and safe way of allowing young people to explore their inner worlds.
It is very useful to have alternative ways to communicate, particularly if the feelings are painful, shameful and hard to articulate. It can be a great way to explore different ways of being and to find a way out when things feel stuck. I do not interpret the creative output of my clients, using it more as a way into their inner world with the intention of bringing about self regulation and awareness.
It is not necessary to be interested or talented in drama - there is no performance element, nor is there any acting involved.
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