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Biography

Degrees

​2011 M.A. Somatic Psychology (Santa Barbara Graduate Institute)
2001 M.A. Counselling Psychology (University of Johannesburg)

Professional Memberships

EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner (EMDR Europe Association)

Registered practitioner psychologist at the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Chartered psychologist of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
Registered teacher at the Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association (KYTA)

Other Qualifications

2018 Brainspotting, phase 1

2017 Yoga Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with the Minded Institute

2017 Kundalini Yoga Therapy for Trauma based on Dr Jindani's research project

2015 Sensorimotor Therapy for Trauma Treatment, Level 2 (Sensorimotor Therapy Institute)
2010 Resource Oriented Skill Training in Trauma Work (Moaiku)
2009 Hakomi - Assisted Self Discovery in Mindfulness, Level 1

2007 Registered teacher at the Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association (KYTA)

I have an integrative approach which means I draw from various theories to find techniques that would be suitable for you at a specific time. My original training included cognitive and behavioural therapies, such as CBT; and humanistic therapies, such as person-centered therapy, Gestalt therapy, and Transactional Analysis (TA).

From 2005 to 2007 I trained as a kundalini yoga teacher.  This type of yoga not only focuses on the body but also includes exercises and meditations for the processing of feelings and for clearing the mind.  This training gave me a deeper understanding of the mind-body link and lead to my studies in somatic psychology.

My degree in somatic psychology focused on integrating the body in the therapeutic setting.  Body awareness exercises and mindfulness are used to illuminate the role of the body to the same extent as cognitive and emotional processes.  Bio-psychology, neuropsychology, developmental psychology, pre-and-perinatal psychology and attachment theory inform this branch of psychology.  I've also studied the work of the following people who has a strong somatic focus: Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing), Christine Caldwell (The Moving Cycle), Lisbeth Marcher (Bodynamics), Linda Hartley (Body-Mind-Centering), and Eugene Gendlin (Focusing).