I am well-educated in many areas, reflected in the which I use in my work. We will figure out which ones work best for you.
Much of my thinking has been influenced by Ken Wilber, the biggest-picture theorist of them all.
I am fully qualified and indemnified as a life coach, psychotherapist and yoga/tantra teacher.
Aged 24, I quit a lucrative corporate career in London, UK because I came to recognise that I was living the life my parents wanted for me, not the one I wanted for myself.
I discovered yoga shortly after ending my London career. Drawn as much by meditation as physical postures and breathwork, I learned the skills of attention, focus and visualisation. I overcame asthma, psoriasis and a functional scoliosis and am now 1.5 inches taller than my twentysomething self and no longer walk with a limp.
1990 - 2000
I trained as a Mental Health Nurse in the UK in 1990 and worked for the NHS for ten years in adult acute wards, a therapeutic community, a semi-secure unit and a day hospital.
1996 - 2000
I began training as a psychotherapist at the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy in 1996 and qualified in 2000. I was given dispensation to work with clients from 1997 and ran a clinic from the Institute itself.
By 2001, I had thriving practices in Manchester and Hebden Bridge and ended my nursing career.
2000 - 2009
I registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists (UKCP) and began supervising and teaching in 2006.
During this period, I undertook extensive training in Theravadan and Tibetan Buddhism.
My greatest teaching though, came through single-parenting my son, who lived with me through most of his adolescence.
2009 - 2015
In 2009 I founded, and ran (until 2017), the purpose-built Calderdale Yoga Centre in Hebden Bridge, UK where I taught yoga and meditation, including the Yogacampus Teacher Training Meditation Module.
I am certified by the British Wheel of Yoga and the Yoga Alliance.. I have taught yoga in universities, care homes, gyms, NHS mental health wards, a semi-secure unit, a specialist chronic back pain clinic and the Calderdale Yoga Centre.
I have trained NHS nurses, secondary school teachers and trainee yoga teachers in meditation and yoga-based stress/trauma management techniques.
2015 - 2018
In 2015, I qualified as a Certified Integral Psychotherapist with Mark Forman in the USA.
In 2019 I spent a year studying Bioenergetics with John Hawken in the Czech Republic. Under John’s tutelage, I qualified as a transformational bodyworker in Thailand in 2017.
I have a long-standing love of Ken Wilber’s Integral Worldview, and his thinking permeates my work.
By 2018, motivated by a need to extend my desire to heal beyond the psychotherapeutic, I trained as an Associate Life Coach with in Vancouver. ICC are one of the world’s most highly valued Life Coach training organisations. I graduated with Distinction.
2016 - Present Day
In 2016 I became interested in the possibilities offered by modern tantra for personal growth, particularly through the cultivation of life force and shadow reclamation techniques.
I sit on the Paths of Transformation Teaching Faculty following a five year apprenticeship with its founder John Hawken.
I am also Lead Facilitator with James Stevenson’s Awaken As Love Faculty, which runs retreats combining modern tantra and shamanism, Biodanza and Integral theory.
Having personally undertaken an extensive healing journey using yoga, psychotherapy and life coaching, I now combine all three approaches into a powerful, integrated form of personal development which reaches into your core, vitalising and harmonising every aspect of your life.
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