I have a degree in art and initially worked as a costume designer when I graduated many moons ago! I spent over 15 years offering creative workshops & opportunities to young people culminating in my role as Director of a youth work charity from 2005 to 2009. I then managed a play therapy programme for young children in a Leeds primary school from 2009 until 2012. Alongside that I qualified as a therapist in 2002 and have been the Student Counsellor at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds since then. I have also worked for the Teenage Cancer Trust delivering weekly art therapy sessions to patients at the LGI and St. James’s Hospitals in Leeds.
I am highly experienced at supporting children & young people to process difficult life experiences and to navigate the challenges of growing up in the 21st Century. I also enjoy working with adults and I use my experience to help clients consider how their own childhood & adolescence may have shaped some of their current thoughts & feelings.I am still very involved with dance and am now the Emotional Well Being Co-ordinator at Northern School of Contemporary Dance where I manage the college counselling programme.
I offer private consultations from my clinic in North Leeds and also work in partnership with other professionals and NHS services when needed.Having become interested in the link between mind and body through my work with dancers over the years, I recently undertook an Advanced Diploma in Sports Therapy and now work with dancers and athletes and anyone wishing to take care of their body or improve its capacity through hands on treatments. I believe that mind & body are so connected it is impossible for us to experience emotional pain without it having an impact on our body. Treating aches and pains and helping clients gain a greater understanding of their own body and its amazing capacity to heal is a passion of mine. I also love to offer guided relaxation sessions which can enhance both physical and emotional treatments.
My psychotherapy specialisms are: children & young people, eating disorders, self harm and early trauma.