About me

I am married with two lovely children and feel very blessed to be living in a loving and supportive community that nourishes my dreams and visions.

I first became interested in traditional healing practices travelling in Asia in my late teens. I studied Thai massage and began learning more about the philosophy and principles of Eastern medicine. Interested in working with people, I took a BA in Psychology at Manchester University. I found that for me, despite some positive aspects, a purely Western model lacked the wholeness and integrity I was seeking to base my working life upon. I followed my heart and interest in Qi Gong, and studied a BSc in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, and a diploma in Qi Gong Tui Na at Westminster University, graduating in 2002.

Whilst based on traditional practices and philosophy, the course thoroughly emphasised Western pathology and physiology, preparing practitioners to work in an integrated way with other health care providers. I trained more in Qi Gong and Yoga in my spare time, immersing myself in learning about movement and energy as much as I could and teaching the Afro-Brazilian martial art Capoeira for many years. After graduation, I began working in Brighton in 2002. In 2007, I spent six months in India deepening my yoga practice and becoming qualified to teach.

In my acupuncture and massage practice, I became more and more interested in women's health and birth and started attending births offering support as an acupuncturist. With my first pregnancy in 2007 I felt inspired to learn more about birth and attended a Doula training led by Michel Odent. This was a profound opening for me. Following the beautiful birth of my daughter in 2008 I began the process of becoming recognised with the organisation Doula UK and have been registered since 2010. The work inspires me and I feel honoured to be a doula.

I feel passionately about supporting women to feel more connected to their deep intuitive wisdom. In 2011, in collaboration with dear friends I initiated Red Tent gatherings in the Brighton area where women can gather to support one another and grow more deeply in touch with themselves. I have created a large Yurt, a living red tent, which is a space where women can retreat too in nature to rest and restore. If you would like to find out more about these things, please do get in touch.

My work with women led me to partake in the Women in Power program in 2012. This inspired a deep personal journey, including travels to the states to spend time on native reservation lands, training in Shadow work, learning more about Shamanic practices. I felt led by a deepening commitment to honour the sacred feminine in myself and in my community. I have continued to be nourished by "Women in Power". I have staffed many times and more recently have been on the Shadow Work facilitation team.
 
I have trained extensively with teachers of the Women's Mysteries work and personal development: Alexandra Pope, Jane Hardwick Collins, Nicola Kurk and Alisa Starkweather. I have trained with Leslie Lanes of the Rose Circle girls mentoring program.

These women constantly inspire me and I receive regular support and mentoring from Jane and Nicola. I am currently collaborating with Tatiana Shuttleworth, psychotherapist and women's facilitator. She is a wise elder and supportive colleague in developing the work with Mothers and girls.

As a certified Shadow Work coach, I work with this technique to support movement beyond painful and life limiting patterns to find clarity, peace and clear purpose. My husband and I are working towards certifying as group facilitators during 2016.

I draw on the range of influences and experience that I have gathered to try to offer the most integrated approach that I can, whichever modality I am practising. I am committed to my personal education and development and meditate and practice yoga daily. I have regular supervision and am fully insured for all my work.
To be Human
is to become visible while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.
What urgency calls you to your one love?
What shape awaits in the seed of you to grow and spread its branches against a future sky?

(David Whyte)