My background is in dance. I studied the art form from a young age progressing to a decade of teaching ballet under the Royal Academy of Dance. My vocational post-graduate training in Dance Movement Psychotherapy led me to become a registered practitioner with the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMP UK) in 2007. My clinical practice in the National Health Service spans 10 years working within inpatient and outpatient adult mental health, continuing care units for dementia and a specialist mother and baby unit. In 2016, I completed my practice-based interdisciplinary PhD research into ‘kinaesthetic empathy’ (University of Roehampton) combining dance movement psychotherapy, phenomenology and cognitive neuroscience. In addition, in the last 15 years I have taught on numerous undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, produced written, oral and performance outputs and delivered consultancy work for a range of organisations, contributing to the research and development of embodied interventions and reflective practice. I have also served as a Council Member for ADMP UK (2015-2016) and acted as a Reviewer for the Body Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy peer-reviewed journal.
I am currently part of the MA DMP teaching and research team at Goldsmiths University and continue to develop interdisciplinary therapy and training initiatives in collaboration with partner organisations.