I worked for years with students, witnessing the struggle some of them had with anxiety, with relationships, with family difficulties and with addictions and finally decided to study for an MSc in Counselling/Psychotherapy at the University of Edinburgh.
I moved to Nigeria for 5 years where I worked in trauma recovery counselling, and in HIV/AIDS training and counselling both for large oil companies and in the healthcare sector. It was a fantastic and intense experience. However, it was not without its costs and I experienced multiple losses, and some very difficult experiences, and returned somewhat traumatised myself.
On returning to the UK, I found that while psychotherapy/counselling was helpful, it was not enough to combat the flashbacks and other symptoms of trauma. I had a few Somatic Experiencing sessions and within a short time the flashbacks stopped, and the other symptoms began to lessen. I was hooked! Fortunately, I was able to attend a workshop by Peter Levine in 2010, and then to embark on the SE Practitioner training. I qualified as a SE Practitioner in 2014.
It has been a wonderful learning, bringing together all aspects of my earlier training, a long-standing interest in the inclusivity of Franciscan and Ignatian spirituality, and, at last, included the body in its understanding of psychological and emotional healing. It makes such good sense!
I continue to pursue this interest in how neurophysiology informs our healing and recovery from trauma, and clients consistently report how accessible they find this whole-person, body-based approach to psychological healing.
Using this Integrative approach, the progress I witness every week in clients - their ability to regain a sense of aliveness, greater freedom from fear and shame, increased calm, and enjoyment of life - makes this way of working readily rewarding for them and for me. I love to see people getting back their heart, making new life-giving choices, and becoming playful again.
I work in private practice in Edinburgh and online, and make regular trips to London. I am delighted to assist at Somatic Experiencing trainings in London, Edinburgh, and Bangalore in India.