I taught dance and movement for over 40 years, for the last 10 years I have brought the knowledge and expertise gained in working with movement and the body into my psychotherapy practice. I am one of a team of therapists delivering projects for Edge Hill University’s Health and Wellbeing faculty and I have also worked with Queen Mary University in London. In the community I work with Age UK and Cheshire Dance, as well as delivering sessions for Parkinson’s UK. Qualifications: Masters Degree in Dance Movement Psychotherapy Postural Stability Instructor Exercise Movement & Dance for Adults Dance Teacher Tai Chi Instructor Medical Qi Gong
I am an embodied practitioner, so the fundamentals of my approach are embodied emotion and kinaesthetic (movement-related) empathy. My practice is also underpinned by the principles of body oriented psychotherapy and the cognitive discipline of mindfulness. I work interactively and reflexively at depth to help people achieve the changes they want to make.
I work in person centred framework, with a humanistic integrative approach. This means that I consciously draw on different therapeutic models as we work together.
The theoretical foundations of this work include developmental psychology, phenomenology of body experiences, affective neuroscience, non-verbal interaction and movement behaviour, body memory systems, embodied cognition and social psychology. The result is a therapeutic process that encourages creative expression to bring healing, insight, learning and personal growth. In simpler terms this means that, through the creative process and mindful movement, I support my clients as they explore their inner world and personal stories, working through their difficulties, developing their strengths and finding expression.
I have worked with clients experiencing the affects of bereavement, depression, abuse, addiction and emotional difficulties, as well as conditions such as Dementia, Autism, Schizophrenia and Bi-Polar Disorder. I also work with clients seeking personal growth self-exploration or self-understanding
I am a Dance & Movement Psychotherapist registered with the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP UK), for private practice. ADMP UK is a member of the Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy college of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
I have worked with Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Mersey Care NHS Trust as well as the Centre for Psychiatry, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine at Queen Mary University, London. I also work with Age UK Cheshire, Cheshire Dance, Parkinson’s UK (Crewe and District Branch), a variety of care organisations and service providers, and Edge Hill University. I am linked to the NHS Social Prescription service for Nantwich & Rural.