From a young age my calling has been to connect with people deeply and offer them compassion, empathy and counsel. I grew up in the beauty and ancient landscape of the Ridgeway, which has given me a deep sense of connection to mother earth and my ancestors. Growing up, my family life offered lessons in giving reverence to our beautiful land and gentleness to all life.
Following leaving University, in 2006 I was taken on by an Independent Psychology Service working in supportive, therapeutic roles with young people with complex support needs. Through this work I gained extensive experience of working closely with young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Behavioural issues, Eating Disorders, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Downs Syndrome, Attachment Disorders and Mental Heath needs. In 2011 I completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Evidence Based Psychological Interventions (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).
I have been practising yoga for 10 years and come from a family of 3 generations of yoga practitioners and teachers. As with many, I started yoga to get fit, but what I gained was so much richer than that. At the time I began attending regular classes I was struggling with mental health and addiction issues which I could see no escape from. Yoga gave me a framework to take care of my body, surrender my fears to, focus my future on and consequently make huge transformations. The experience of my transformation was not just due to the physical postures or Asanas, but instead a combination of practises that were offered to me by my teacher who was Integral Yoga trained.
In 2011 I completed a certificate through the Special Yoga Centre Teaching Yoga to children with developmental difficulties with Jo Manuel and then in 2012 Yoga for Teens with Charlotta Martinus. These courses culminated my skills, both educational, professional and spiritual and I began to offer 1:1 therapeutic yoga sessions to young people as well as adults.
My first son was born in 2014, and I now have two sons. Through this new life’s purpose I have learnt more about self care and compassion than I ever could have imagined. I have taken these insights and used them to inform my personal yoga practise and my teaching.
My CPD includes workshops on childhood trauma with Louise Bomber, self harm with Indigo, eating disorders with BEAT and Child Protection and Safeguarding with Swindon Borough Council.