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Formal Training & CPDs

  • Somatic Trauma Therapy (2022/3) 

  • CBT for Body Image (2022)

  • Body Image in Teenagers (2022)

  • Certificate in Somatic Parts (2022)

  • Diploma in CBT Therapy & Group Therapy (completion June '23)

  • Certificate in Counselling Skills (2021)

  • 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 for Eating Disorders (2017)​

  • Schema Therapy Fundamentals (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) - 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

About me

I'm passionate about helping people build a connective 

relationship with their body. I firmly believe that our body is always trying to do the best for us - despite how we treat it. Even when we dislike it, don't listen to it or actively work against our body, it STILL keeps trying to communicate with us and help us.


Despite this, I completely understand how difficult it can be to believe that. When it feels like your body isn't how its meant to be then how do you begin to trust it, never mind build a connective relationship with our body?


For many years I hated and punished my body for not being what I thought it should be, and not doing what I thought it should. I put up with a long term eating disorder, anxiety, and panic attacks for many many years. The last thing I trusted to help me recover was going to be my body. In my eyes it was the thing that I needed to get to grips with and sort out. THEN I'd feel better. 

However, by a bizarre turn of fate, I ended up in a yoga class and something weird, scary, and also ultimately amazing happened. I connected with my body in a non-critical way and felt things I'd never felt before. And for a few moments it felt good to be in my body. This one class opened up enough of a change that led to me eventually getting help with my struggles. The combined support of a psychotherapist and a movement therapist helped me to unwind long held patterns of tension, and limiting beliefs about myself and I built myself up from the inside out. I came to understand how I had been keeping myself safe by disconnecting from my body, emotions and feelings. I gradually formed a healthy core of self-esteem and a nourishing relationship with myself, and with my body.

This is how I come to the work that I now do, and that I am passionate about. Since 2009, I have been studying and training in somatic and psychotherapeutic based therapies and integrating them in my practice. I believe there’s a place for talking, and a place for movement, so I don't see them as separate in my practice. 


I have formed a specific interest in helping others recover from disordered eating and lack of feeling safe in their body. Since 2016 I have been supporting individuals in their recovery.

I am incredibly proud of the education and presenting work that I do with my business associate, Jody Phillips, on movement and exercise therapy within eating disorder recovery. More information on this: MOVE-D

When I'm not working I can be found trotting round the Pentland Hills, weaving through the mountain bike trails in the Scottish Borders or in my own wee world either reading, writing or drawing.

Scope Of Practice

I have been working in supervised practice since 2016, abiding to the BACP code of ethics and within my scope of qualified practice. I specifically chose to focus my in depth trainings on somatic 

psychotherapies and eating disorder specific courses because these are my areas of interest and experience. Also they tend not to be covered, or are only briefly covered, during typical accredited 

psychotherapy qualification routes. However, describing the depth and scope of this practice has always been 'clumsy' without an umbrella 'title'. In 2021 I eventually decided to make it simpler and have been working away at bringing all my previous trainings and accreditations together. By June 2023, I will officially be able to use the title 'Psychotherapist'.

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