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 come to this work following my own experience of dealing with anxiety, trauma, chronic pain and disconnection with my body. Movement helped me in a way that talking never had, yet once I was able to feel connection with my body, I was able to also benefit from talking therapy to support me in my recovery and healing.
 
It started with a yoga class in 2008. When 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 was eventually able to acknowledge to myself that thing weren’t as ok as I’d been trying to convince myself they were. I was suffering from anxiety, panic attacks, and I had never fully recovered from an eating disorder that had been my main way of coping with my feelings for a decade and a half. To the outside world I had so much good going on in my life: I was an international triathlete with gold medals to my name and running a successful business. But in reality, I was really struggling. And I didn’t want to any more.
 
Through movement practices (initially pilates and yoga) and then talking therapy, I gradually unwound long held patterns of tension, and limiting beliefs about myself. With the support of great teachers and therapists, I built myself up from the inside out and learned to listen to, understand and respond to my body’s signals and my needs. I formed a really 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'm innately curious about how our bodies and movement patterns hold our life experiences and inner beliefs and how we can redress the patterns that hold us back from being our healthiest happiest self. I believe there’s a place for talking, and place for movement, and that ultimately its 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 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.