I have been working as a psychotherapist for 15 years in community health settings, home visits for people who are very ill and with my own private practice. I am trained as an integrative practitioner which means I always work with a person -centred ethos and recognition of the psychodynamic influences potentially present in the different relationships in our lives.
I am trained in using expressive arts such as sand tray, mixed media art exploration, voice work, drama therapy and journaling, particularly in working with trauma. I offer supportive and exploratory exercises from the Gestalt, Psychosynthesis and Community of Selves approaches. I also offer a broad range of somatic and mindfulness exercises support drawn from my studies at Samye Ling and working with trauma training. Anything offered in a session is of course optional for a client.
I have extensive experience of supporting people of all ages from 16 upwards with anxiety, depression, trauma, chronic and life limiting illness, grief, emotional abuse, addictions, self -harm, loneliness and relationship difficulties.
For the last 20 years I have worked therapeutically with groups in Edinburgh teaching and facilitating the learning of self -care tools for anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and managing chronic pain. My psychotherapy work also includes offering self -care tools if I sense this may be helpful.
My approach in all my work is to offer compassion and active listening and aim to respond in each moment with respect, awareness, and wisdom.