I’ve been working with people and their wellbeing for 23 years. It’s not the path I thought I’d take when I was younger, working with numbers and chasing promotions in strategic financial marketing. But thank god I realised one day that it was never going to be the life for me. The fitness job that was then my hobby became my full time job and a wonderful, twisty, fulfilling path lay ahead from there.
Fitness teaching became personal training, became sports coaching and tutoring, became rehab training, became pilates therapy and teaching yoga. At the heart of it all was connecting with people, helping them move and supporting them through the challenges they were dealing with – be that challenges they chose to take on, or dealing with the ones that life threw at them.
Life was also throwing it's own challenges at me too (as it does)! While I loved what I was doing and could hold everything together to help others, I was suffering from anxiety, panic attacks, and had never fully recovered from an eating disorder that has been my main way of coping with my feelings for a decade and a half. I had so much good going on in my life, yet I wasn't managing my own wellbeing and, actually, I deeply loathed myself.
In 2008/9 it came to a head. I felt broken physically and emotionally. Through movement practices and talking therapy, I gradually unwound long held patterns of tension, trauma, 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.
These experiences naturally flowed over into how I supported others, and my work evolved to explore the therapeutic nature of movement in healing more than just the physical body. I studied trauma recovery, psychotherapeutic & therapeutic coaching practices, behaviour sciences and delved further into yoga and mindfulness. I'm innately curious about how our bodies and movement patterns hold our life experiences and inner beliefs and how we can redress those patterns which are holding us back from being our healthiest happiest self.
My practice is based on values of compassion, respect, non-judgement, integrity and trust. I work with each person in the context of their whole self and meeting them where they were at. I work privately from my home therapy room, and I am also part of the team at TRC 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.
When I'm not working I can regularly be found trotting round the Pentlands hill in my trail shoes, weaving through the mountain bike trails at Glentress or getting my snowboard out on white stuff. I adore reading, drawing, being in pyjamas and harping on at my husband that we ‘must get a dog’.
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 and, Judith Aston, Geneen Roth, Carolyn Costin, Robert Dilts and Brene Brown.
I have attended many workshops on various workshops on 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.