I am the Director of the Wellbeing Faculty at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, and an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist with three decades of experience in the field. I have a wide range of experience in different settings, practising, supervising and teaching with a commitment to creative and relational approaches in statutory, independent and charity sectors.
I was course leader for the Sesame Training in Drama and Movement Therapy at Central School of Speech and Drama and Course Leader for the MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy at the IATE. I was formerly Principal of IATE contributing to the development of courses, including responsibility for the psychotherapy supervision training.
I was inspired by the work of Kids Company, learning from vulnerable children how to care better. Together with multi-professional teams, I helped enhance quality and widen access to training for practitioners working with children and young people in therapeutic mentoring, therapeutic key-working and therapeutic creative group work through sports, participatory arts, leisure, communications technology, nature allied and animal assisted approaches. I have worked collaboratively to develop innovative multi-disciplinary approaches to child mental health and emotional wellbeing with the establishment of Child Therapeutic Wellbeing Practice. The Faculty delivers training leading to becoming a professional Child Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioner, sharing influence from youth work, social work, mental health, participatory arts, therapy and education.
I have many years of service and commitment within the Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC), of the UKCP, where I continues to contribute to the profession promoting standards as well as increasing access to service delivery. In the past I contributed to the work of the European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education (ECArTE) and in the present the European Association for Interdisciplinary Therapeutic Services for Children and Young People (EIATSCYP). I am an active member of the London ACES Hub (LAH), including ongoing commitment within the Racial Justice Group and I am particularly interested in equality, diversity and inclusivity practice.