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Formal Training & CPDs

  • Body Image in Teenagers (2022)

  • Certificate in Somatic Parts (In progress)

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

  • 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've been described as being 'pragmatically positive' and having 'unwavering hope'. I know life's not full of unicorns and rainbows. But I also I believe that we all have the capacity, and capability, within us to thrive in life - regardless of our past experiences. 

While I have always been able to hold this belief about others, for many years I struggled to feel this for myself. To the outside world I was an international triathlete with gold medals to my name, running a successful coaching business and with a busy social life. But in reality I was struggling with a long term eating disorder, anxiety, and panic attacks. No matter how much I pushed through, put a smiley face on and tried to convince myself that things were indeed good, I felt desperately unhappy in myself. During a particularly difficult time in 2008, I found a surprising moment of solace at a yoga class. I was invited to do less, and to notice, and I felt things I’d never felt before. It was both amazing and scary for me. 

 

With the combined support of a psychotherapist and a movement therapist, I began 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. I learnt how to thrive as myself. 

This is how I come to the work that I now do, and that I am passionate about. I have gone on to study both somatic and psychotherapeutic based therapies, with a specific interest in helping others recover from disordered eating and lack of feeling safe in their body. 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 also integrated my background in fitness and sport into this mix and regularly work with athletes and those in high performing sports who are experiencing an eating disorder. 

 

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. 
 
I work privately from my home therapy room, online, and I am also part of the team at The Recovery Centre, Edinburgh where I work with adolescents and young adults who are experiencing eating disorders.


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.

Professional Bio

I am an Integrative therapist, meaning that I draw from many different modalities that I have trained in and studied over my professional career. I draw heavily from somatic and body awareness therapies and humanistic psychotherapies, often fused with behavioural change strategies. I have a special interest in working with eating disorders and I support individuals to find their place of recovery. I also educate other professionals about eating disorders, with a specialism in the unique role that movement and exercise therapy can play in eating disorder recovery. I am a member of BABCP.