Adolescent and Eating Disorder Specialist BSc (Hons) Reg BABCP
I have 20 years experience of working with individuals experiencing mental health and emotional wellbeing challenges. I originally trained as a body-orientated therapist. I believe that the body holds knowledge and potential for change that conscious language cannot always reach. I came to recognise that it can be incredibly challenging for some to connect with their body. So I went on to train in various talking-based psychotherapeutic methods and integrate these into my practice. My aim is to meet my clients from the perspective that makes most sense to them and which respects their individuality and unique challenges.
Specifically my practice draws from CBT, somatic therapy, NLP, mindfulness, breath work, compassion focused therapy, parts work and schema therapy.
I’ve been described as being ‘pragmatically positive’ and having ‘unwavering hope’. I know life’s not full of unicorns and rainbows. But I also believe that we all have the capacity, and capability, within us to thrive in life – regardless of our past experiences.
I specialise in working with teenagers and with people who are experiencing disordered eating, eating disorders, dysfunctional exercise behaviours or body image issues.
In addition to being a therapist, I am also a specialist educator on eating disorders. I lecture on the subject at various university faculties in Edinburgh, provide awareness CPD sessions for sports coaches and train other practitioners on supporting those who are experiencing eating disorders. I also provide consultant services for sports and fitness organisations with regards to their safe-guarding policy on eating disorders.
When I’m not working, I love being outdoors. I particularly enjoy walking, running or mountain biking in the hills and trails. I also like reading, cooking, and drawing.