I am an experienced Dance Movement Psychotherapist working in private practice as well being CEO for Transformotion DMP – a community interest company. I also work on a freelance basis with Parkinson’s UK, Cheshire Dance, Age UK Cheshire and local authority services.
These days, my focus is on the therapeutic aspects of dance and movement – particularly the intrinsic connection between mind and body – but previously I was a dance professional for many years and have training in a diversity of disciplines. Overall, I have 30+ years experience teaching social dance and creative movement. I believe dance should be inclusive and accessible to all and encourage people to find their own individual movement.
My first dance passion and training was in Ballroom Dancing. That passion remains to this day and I still offer lessons for couples and individuals who want to learn to dance. I enjoy coaching wedding couples for their first dance.
I have also been a Keep Fit teacher and Postural Stability Instructor, using dance and creative movement to strengthen muscles, promote balance and prevent falls, but also acknowledging that the benefits of dance go beyond the purely mechanical, lifting the spirits, creating connections, boosting confidence and reducing isolation. I still teach a couple of legacy dance exercise classes in the community.
A natural development to my practice has been the inclusion of Tai Chi which also features the integration of mind and body, along with fluidity of movement; control of breathing; and mental concentration.
In my psychotherapy practice I have worked with Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Mersey Care NHS Trust and been involved with research projects for the Centre for Psychiatry, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine at Queen Mary University, London and the Arts for Wellbeing faculty at Edge Hill University.
My clients include people experiencing the affects of grief, depression, abuse, addiction and emotional difficulties, and those living with conditions such as Dementia, Autism, Schizophrenia and Bi-Polar Disorder. I also work with clients seeking personal growth self-exploration or self-understanding
The governing body for my profession is the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP UK), which is a member of the Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy college (HipC) of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).