About

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Formal Training & CPDs

  • Diploma Counselling, CBT Therapy and Group Therapy (in progress)

  • Yoga Therapy for Insomnia & Sleep Recovery (2021)

  • Trauma Informed Yoga & Movement Training (2020)

  • Certificate in 3rd Wave Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (2019/20)​ made up of trainings in: 

    • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

    • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

    • Compassion Focussed Therapy

    • Mindfulness

  • Schema Therapy Training for Eating Disorders (2017)​

  • Fundamentals of Yoga Outreach (2017)

  • Yin and Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training (2016/7) 

  • ​Eat, Breathe Thrive Facilitator Training (2016)

  • NLP Diploma & Practitioner (2015) - EMH Inspire, Edinburgh

  • Anatomy Trains with James Earls (2014), London

  • Fundamentals of Psychotherapy 1,2,3 (2013/4) - Edinburgh University

  • Studio and Mat Pilates (2009/10) - Polestar Pilates, London

  • Tutor Training (2010) - Vocation Scotland, Glasgow

  • Levels 1,2,3 Triathlon Coaching (2005-9) - Triathlonscotland, Stirling

  • GP Referral Practitioner Training (2002) - The Wright Foundation, Dundee

  • Advanced Personal Training Diploma (2001) - Premier Training, Trowbridge

  • Spinning (2002)

  • BodyBalance, BodyAttack, BodyStep, BodyPump (1998 - 2004) - Les Mills Training

Influences

I have been influenced by the work of many educators, therapist and authors - most notably by Babette Rothschild, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Bessel Van Der Kolk, Peter Levine, Liz Koch, Moshe Feldenkrais, Erik Franklin, Gabor Mate, Judith Aston, Geneen Roth, Carolyn Costin, Robert Dilts and Brene Brown.  
I have attended many workshops on the following subjects: biomechanics, myofascial connection, injury prevention, behaviour strategies, yoga / pilates, neuroscience, sport and fitness psychology, trauma recovery, somatics, feldenkrais, franklin method, developmental movement and developmental psychology,  attachment theory, psychotherapeutic movement and basic body awareness therapy.

Caroline Toshack
Coach & Therapist

I've been working with individuals for over 20 years and am passionate about helping people to fully be them self and enjoy living their life. For the last 12 years I have worked therapeutically with movement and body based practices. In the last 5 years I have also supported this by training in and working with psychotherapeutic practices. I now blend them together as is needed for each individual I work with. 

I come to the work that I now do following my own experience of dealing with anxiety, trauma, chronic pain and disconnection from my body and my own recovery from an eating disorder.

For many years it looked to the outside world that I had a successful happy life. I was an international triathlete with gold medals to my name, running a successful business and a busy social life. But in reality, I was really struggling. 

I was pushing through, putting a smiley face on and trying to convince myself that things were indeed good. And eventually I didn’t want to any more.

Things first changed during a yoga class in 2008. I was invited to do less, and to notice, I felt things I’d never felt before. It was simultaneously amazing and scary for me. I came to understand how I had been keeping myself safe by disconnecting from my body, emotions and feelings.

I'd had some therapy sessions in the past but hadn't really engaged with them. Yoga helped me to feel a connection with myself though my body, which supported me back to talking therapy. With this combined support I gradually unwound long held patterns of tension, and limiting beliefs about myself and built myself up from the inside out. I came to feel happy in my body and I formed a healthy core of self-esteem from which I have learned to thrive. 

I was inspired to help others to discover and enjoy being who they truly are. This has been my focus for the last decade. I believe there’s a place for talking, and place for movement, so I don't see them as separate in my practice. Ultimately it's connecting with our whole self – mind, body and soul – that offers true recovery and healing. 
 
I work privately from my home therapy room, online, and I am also part of the team at The Recovery Centre, Edinburgh working with adolescents and young adults who are experiencing eating disorders. I am a volunteer counsellor at Projekt42. I lecture at Edinburgh University and consult on eating disorder protocol within sport and exercise facilities (completing a circle with regards to sport in my working life). 

When I'm not working I can regularly be found trotting round the Pentland Hills in my trail shoes, weaving through the mountain bike trails in the Scottish Borders or getting my snowboard out on white stuff. I also adore reading, writing and being in pyjamas.