During the 1980s I completed five years’ training in Somatic Psychotherapy; my principal teachers were Jeff Barlow and Robyn Speyer, who studied at the Gerda Boyesen Institute of Biodynamic Psychology in London. Earlier I worked as an accountant, qualified as a social worker, 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, emotion-focused therapy, mindfulness-based interventions, couple therapy, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, group psychotherapy  and neurotherapy.

In 2013, I completed a Master of Counselling at La Trobe University. In 2018 I did a distance course in contemporary relational psychotherapy with the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (IPSS), New York.

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 practiced various body-based modalities over the years, including yoga, pilates, meditation and dance. 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 and neuroscience. 

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). (See Papers menu for a copy).

From 2014 to 2017, I taught classes in holistic and experiential counselling at Phoenix Institute and Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP). Prior to that, from 2005 to 2011, I taught Psychotherapeutic Touch and the integration of verbal, relational and body-oriented skills with 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.