For the last 12 years I have worked therapeutically with movement and body based practices, to help people deal with physical and emotional challenges and to feel more ease within their body and themself. In the last 5 years I have also explored and trained in psychotherapeutic practices to support this.
I come to this work following my own experience of dealing with trauma, anxiety, 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.
Prior to doing what I do now, my background was in sports and fitness, competing and coaching at a high level. I thought I knew the body and mind but it wasn't until I attended my first yoga class in 2008 that I came to understand how incredibly disconnected I was from my body and my emotions and feelings. When I was invited to do less, and to notice, I felt things I’d never felt before. It was simultaneously amazing and very very scary for me. But I was 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. 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, 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. I formed a really healthy core of self-esteem from which I have learned to thrive.
I left competitive sport behind 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 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.
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 are 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 (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 adore reading, writing, being in pyjamas and harping on at my husband that we ‘must get a dog’.
Formal Training & CPDs
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.