About Me 

I have always loved working with people and enjoyed being creative. I studied theatre, English literature and psychology in Stratford upon Avon. Whilst studying I began offering a range of arts in health and education initiatives, including creating a theatre group for adults with learning disabilities and theatre workshops for children and young people. I became passionate about the potential for creativity to support wellbeing and mental health, and how the arts can provide a way to express what might not always be possible with words. It was whilst studying theatre at the prestigious Dartington College of Arts that I discovered the arts can be used therapeutically. 

I have over twenty years' experience working across the mental health sector providing support for adults, young people and children, and well as the strategic management and development of innovative mental health and wellbeing services. I am an experienced trainer and consultant, providing teaching and guidance on wellbeing, loss, bereavement and suicide prevention across the country. 

After graduating from the Masters in Dramatherapy training at The University of Derby, I began combining my experience in mental health and wellbeing with my clinical expertise. I have previously worked as a therapist in schools, hospices, and therapy services across the West Midlands with children, young people, and adults who were experiencing bereavement, loss, stressful times and trauma.  

During my career I developed a special interest in working with loss and wellbeing. Further to my experience, passion for this work, and further training, I now specialise in working in working with loss, death & dying, bereavement and wellbeing. I lead and manage psychological therapies and support services at a local hospice, and provide therapy for patients and their families who are living with complex or incurable conditions, as well as bereaved families, at the hospice.

I am registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Full Member of The British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth). I am also fully insured. 

I am a Visiting Lecturer on the MA in Dramatherapy programme at The University of Derby and a Peer Reviewer for the professional academic journal for Dramatherapists. I am also a Master Trainer in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, and a Schwartz Rounds Facilitator. I am currently completing the Diploma in Neuro Dramatic Play. 

I have a small private practice in beautiful rural Staffordshire. During the pandemic I am providing online and telephone therapy rather than in-person.

 

Please do get in touch if you are looking for support. 

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