I'm a yoga therapist working at in-patient mental health services for both the NHS and Priory Group, private hospitals. I work in collaboration with other Allied Health Professionals, medical teams and other healthcare professionals in acute care and psychosis rehab, and I am grateful to have been nominated for two years in a row for my work within Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust at their annual Positive Practice Awards for "describing incredible examples of innovation, partnership, teamwork, commitment and compassion."
I'm also part of an international group of trauma therapists and educators facilitating daily online trauma and resilience sessions to Ukrainians, offering support with practical evidence-based mind-body practices to help relieve stress and worry.
My specialty is supporting trauma resolution, and in my quest for professional clinical excellence I have accumulated over 1200 hours of training and studies to help facilitate profound and lasting changes. I have been in private practice since 2020, I'm under ongoing supervision, and I'm registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), first aid trained, fully insured and DBS checked.
I belong to a meditation discovery group, we meet regularly online and are guided by a very inspiring teacher. Mindfulness meditation offers me the opportunity to cultivate inner awareness, to let it sink in while being curious about my thoughts and my state of mind, where it wanders and where it lingers, until I find my breath again in its ever-changing flow. I dance 5Rhythms regularly; a form of movement meditation where my chaos and stillness meet in my physical body and have a chance to shake, release, express through a spontaneous dance with nothing set to follow. I am also a student of Wado-Ryu Karate. Training in martial arts offers me the opposite: the set yet alive forms, the boundaries, the discipline, the respect, the confidence. And then there is yoga, never confined by the mat, where my mind, body and soul find their own balance. I'm forever grateful to all my teachers who continue to inspire my practice through deeper understanding and development.
I am a proud mum of two growing boys and of a beautiful black cat, lover of heavy metal rock music, good coffee and chocolate of any colour, shape or form.
Qualifications, CPDs & Continued Learning
Professional Diploma in Yoga Therapy, The Minded Institute 2019-2021
Final essay subject: "Yoga Therapy for PTSD, a biopsychosocial-spiritual approach"
Neuroscience, physiology, psychotherapy skills, medical principles, yogic philosophy, breathwork - all applicable to mental, physical, cardiovascular and neurological conditions with evidence-based yoga practices to support wellbeing and recovery. Accredited by the British Council of Yoga Therapy and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.
Yoga Therapy and Mindfulnes for Addictions, The Yogologist & The Minded Institute, 2022
Profoundly supported CPD training to explore the complex problems found in the inner worlds, and the healing potential that exists in equal measures. Led by Shaura Hall, UK's leading yoga therapist for addictions. Neurobiology and psychology of addictions, how different substances impact physiology, specific yoga practices for addictions and recovery.
Yoga Therapy for Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Rhythms Yoga Training & The Minded Institute, 2022
In-depth professional training: evidence- and neuroscience-informed, yoga-based tools to support children and teens with mental health issues.
Integral Eye Movement Therapy (IEMT) Certification, 2021
ISO 21001:2018 certified, registered with and accredited by The Association of IEMT Practitioners.
Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy Certificate, The Embody Lab 2021
In-depth exploration of a unified somatic approach to trauma-informed care offering a holistic framework for understanding and working with trauma from a body-centered perspective.
Certification in Traumatic Stress Studies, Trauma Research Foundation, 2021
Integrating advanced research on PTSD and developmental trauma with today’s most optimal clinical methods, treatments and modalities to improve outcomes and help clients heal. Intensive lectures by Bessel van der Kolk and faculty members on integrative interventions on treatment for PTSD and developmental trauma, including: Body-based techniques, Internal Family Systems (IFS), ACT, SMART, Sand tray therapy, Neurofeedback, EMDR, Psychedelic therapies.
Healing Trauma Certificate, Dr Peter Levine, 2021
Application of Somatic Experiencing tools and best practices for supporting trauma survivors
Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga Foundation Training, 2021
Foundations of evidence-based adjunctive treatment for complex, developmental trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD.
Yoga for Traumatic Brain Injury, Love Your Brain Foundation, 2021
Yoga Teacher Training for Healthcare Professionals on evidence-based yoga practices for traumatic brain injury survivors.
Yoga4Health, Yoga in Healthcare Alliance, 2021
Certified Yoga Teacher in offering evidence-based protocol to NHS patients.
Somatic Experiencing Introduction Workshop, 2019
Experiential learning of principles of Somatic Experiencing practices for trauma healing,
Yoga & Somatics for Healing and Recovery, Charlotte Watts, 2019
Somatic yoga practices for stress, burnout and chronic fatigue.