I’m a sociologist by background and have always been interested in how groups behave and how we as individuals are shaped by the groups we belong to (within families, at work or socially).
My early research on workplace conflict resolution (between unions/management) led to me working as a consultant helping organisations improve the quality of work relationships. Drama and storytelling became the method I and colleagues used to show how behaviour affects people’s mental health and their ability to work effectively.
In 2016, I set up a social enterprise – Storyworlds Life – that designs story-based tools to help individuals, families and organisations improve relationships, build understanding and identify solutions to shared problems.
Since my late 20’s I’ve explored therapy for my personal development, trying out different approaches and formats (e.g. 1:1, long-term group and short-term workshops).
Gestalt appeals to me on many levels, but I’ve also found approaches like Psychodrama, Primal Integration and Family Constellation Therapy of great value and these influence my own practice as a therapist.
My initial four years training at the Edinburgh Gestalt Institute (qualifying in 2009) involved ongoing personal therapy as well as practice and supervision. I followed this with further Gestalt training focussing on body process. Personal and group therapy continue to be part of my personal and professional development.
I’ve volunteered with post-natal depression and general counselling services in Edinburgh. For most of the last 10 years I’ve run a small private practise alongside my other work. As a therapist I have a duty to be honest about the limits of my experience and training and will identify from our initial session whether I’m the right person for you.