Thirty years experience working in therapeutic fields.

I have studied many different forms and approaches which I draw upon to meet the needs of each client individually.

Attendance at regular professional supervision and ongoing continuing professional development are integral to my work, and I am continuously involved in further training and engaged with my own personal process. This enables me to develop greater expertise as well as keep current with contemporary advances in psychotherapy. I bring a wealth of experience to my work in each setting.


The following are some of the influences that inform my practice:

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

My core training incorporated Freud, Jungian and Object Relations, and has given me a firm grounding in working with the unconscious, and with early childhood issues.

BodySoul©

My work is deeply influenced by a Jungian approach, and by many years of studying the BodySoul© approach of Marion Woodman. I began this process in 2002, finally completing the Leadership Programme in BodySoul Rhythms© in 2016.
BodySoul© work is a somatic practice which involves working with dreams, images and symptoms in an embodied way in the context of a Jungian framework. It includes working with movement, dance, poetry, drama, art, ritual and myth in highly creative ways, to facilitate the deeper insight and understanding into the unconscious depths of the psyche. Marion Woodman’s work emphasises the sacred feminine and the intention to bring embodied consciousness to our lives.

Somatic Psychotherapy

My work is enhanced by many years of studying somatic body-oriented approaches, such as authentic movement,  and trauma practices such as Somatic Experiencing and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

I am convinced of the power of somatic and creative therapeutic practices to provide healing from trauma, and to access deep unconscious processes, providing for enhanced wholeness and well being.

I am currently engaged in a three-year post qualifying diploma in Somatic Experiencing with SETI and am being more and more convinced of the power and efficacy of this approach.

Photography by Gearóid Lynch

“Start close in,
don’t take the second step or the third,
start with the first thing close in,
the step you don’t want to take”
~ David Whyte

 

“Start with your own question,
give up on other people’s questions,
don’t let them smother something simple”
~ David Whyte