During the 1980’s I completed five years’ training in Somatic Psychotherapy; my principal teachers were Jeff Barlow and Robyn Speyer, who both studied at the Gerda Boyesen Institute of Biodynamic Psychology in London. Previously I worked as an accountant, completed a degree in Social Work, and worked in the fields of foster care, research and community health. 

In 1989, I began private practice as a somatic psychotherapist. In the intervening years, I have attended courses in a wide range of modalities, including Self Psychology, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Couple Therapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Group Psychotherapy, Neurotherapy, Mindfulness-Based Interventions and Emotion-Focused Therapy. In 2013, I completed a Master of Counselling at La Trobe University.

Irises2 It was through my own personal search for healing and answers that I came to train in psychotherapy. I have completed over twenty years of personal psychotherapy in various modalities, and more than 500 hours of professional supervision of my work with clients.

I have also practiced yoga, pilates and meditation over many years. In 2013 and 2014, I studied Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and attended retreats in Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga at the Nyingma Institute, USA. In 2015 I qualified as a teacher of Mindfulness at Work: Transforming Stress into Well-Being with The Center for Skillful Means, USA.

I am interested in aliveness and embodiment as dimensions of psychological health. My theoretical influences include somatic psychotherapy, self psychology, trauma theory, attachment theory, intersubjectivity theory, neuroscience, and psychoanalysis.

In 2015, I contributed a chapter on The ethics of touch in contemporary psychotherapy to a book edited by Noble, C. and Day, E., Psychotherapy and Counselling: Reflections on Practice (Australia: Oxford University Press).

Since 2016 I have taught part-time in the Bachelor of Counselling program of the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP). Prior to that I taught Holistic Counselling at the Phoenix Institute of Australia. From 2004 to 2011, I taught Psychotherapeutic Touch and the integration of verbal, relational and body-oriented skills at the Australian College of Contemporary Somatic Psychotherapy (ACCSP).

From 1997 to 2000, I was a group therapist in the University of Melbourne Centre for Palliative Care Metastatic Breast Cancer Research Project. In that role I co-led supportive-expressive therapy groups for patients with metastatic breast cancer.