Originally from England, I am a registered clinical counsellor (RCC), expressive arts therapist and clinical supervisor now based in Vancouver, British Columbia. I trained at the prestigious Metanoia Institute in London, England, and completed post-qualifying training in somatic movement-based psychotherapy with Dr. Ruella Frank at the Center for Somatic Studies in New York City. I have also completed specialist training programmes in working with people with addictions and eating disorders, and an intensive foundation programme in art therapy with the British Association for Art Therapy. I am currently working on my PhD in Expressive Arts Therapy.
Before moving to live and work in Canada I was Senior Psychotherapist and Eating Disorders Psychotherapist at one of Europe's most highly regarded inpatient treatment clinics for people with eating disorders, addictions and concurrent disorders. I also have extensive experience of working with people struggling with mental health issues and trauma, people living with HIV/AIDS, homeless youth, and young adults in educational settings. Since moving to Canada I have worked as a psychotherapist for the University Health Network's Eating Disorder Program at Toronto General Hospital, as a group facilitator at Sheena's Place and am an Adjunct Lecturer and Field Supervisor at the University of Toronto 2012-2014. I have also worked at GreeneStone Muskoka, a treatment centre for people in recovery from addiction issues and concurrent disorders, and Covenant House Vancouver with homeless youth with complex psychological needs.
As an expressive arts therapist, I am passionate about supporting people to heal, grow and discover who they are through the arts (visual arts, music, dance/movement, drama, sandplay, poetry, creative writing, journaling, etc). I have a strong personal background in the arts, including music, drawing, painting, ceramics, collage, multi-media art, photography, and dance. I also have had a personal daily meditation practice since 1987 and yoga since 2003.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors, and a member of both the American Art Therapy Association and the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.
I work in a very client-centred way, taking the lead from you and using what is happening between us in the sessions to support you to explore the issues you bring and help you move forward. I have a particular interest in the connection between body, mind and spirit, and completed a two-year post-qualifying training in somatic psychotherapy. I also have a strong interest in creativity and in creative arts therapies and have co-facilitated weekly expressive arts therapy groups in a variety of settings since 2009.
In addition to exploring what is going on for you in the present we may also need to look at your childhood, family of origin and early relationships to better understand the factors that have shaped the person you have become. I will always work at a pace that feels manageable to you and respect your need to slow the process down at times if it feels too fast.
My five-year clinical Masters degree included advanced training in the theory and clinical practice of psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioural and humanistic psychotherapies and their integration into a cohesive relational clinical model. I believe in the centrality of the therapeutic and supervisory relationship and work explicity with this in supervision. I am also strongly influenced by developmental, systemic and somatic theories and practices. I am currently completing my PhD in Expressive Arts Therapy. My professional training in clinical supervision was at the Psychosynthesis Trust in London, UK. My doctoral thesis was on arts-based clinical supervision.