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My Practice:

My practice is open to adults and appointments are available in Exeter. I work with individual clients and see clients in person.


EMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitation and Reprocessing; it is an evidence based psychological treatment developed by Dr Francine Shapiro. The approach is designed to help people who have experienced trauma, which remains unresolved. The goal of therapy is to process the distressing memories by reducing and often removing the lingering effects of the trauma.

The technique itself is simple and does not rely on detailed talking therapy, instead it is a practical approach which uses the person’s own rapid, rhythmic eye movements to access the memories and associated feeling/emotions of the trauma. This brings about a release or reduction of the traumatic effects ,while increasing the person’s ability to cope better with their situation. Other means of creating bilateral movement can be under taken if moving the eyes is not possible.


I take an integrated approach offering short term work for specific problems and longer-term work for those exploring deeper issues. My aim is to help people to gain understanding and insight into their life, past, present and future, by encouraging them to listen to their inner guidance and taking an active part in this process.

Autogenic Training (AT)

Deep Relaxation Therapy. I am a registered Autogenic Psychotherapist and have taught AT for over 30 years. I am a Fellow of the British Autogenic Society.

Professional Supervision

I hold a Dip., in Supervision and offer supervision for Psychotherapists, Health Care Professionals and those working in support services.

Confidentiality, Safety in Practice and Data keeping.

I hold a current DBS certificate and am compliant with General Data Protection Regulations.


About me

My background 'potted history'

My professional career spans more than four decades and reflects my clinical and teaching experiences and as an author.

My PhD., Cancer and Palliative Care:

My PhD. This involved a long-term study of the experiences of women who had been diagnosed with primary breast cancer and their response to cancer while coping with treatments. I remain hugely grateful to all of the women who shared their stories, and their journeys, with me.

Counselling and Psychotherapy

My initial training was in Humanistic approaches, I went on to undertake training in Jungian studies in America, and have evolved a practice that reflects a whole-person integrated, depth approach, to talking therapy.

My work is informed by an understanding of the psycho-neuro-immunology, the understanding of how the nervous system, interacts with the mind and immune system; the Poly-Vagal theory, which explores the nature of our reactions to stressful experiences, and the vast potential for healing to take place when the whole person approach is applied to therapy.


I offer supervision to practising counsellors and psychotherapists who are working in transpersonal or integrated ways.

Autogenic Training

I am a Fellow of the British Autogenic Society. I have been teaching AT since the late 1980’s and I see it as an integral process to other forms of therapy as well as a unique method in its own right.

Lecturing in the UK and Overseas

I have held posts as a lecturer at the Royal Marsden Hospital, for Macmillan Cancer Care and for Marie Curie. I was privileged with other colleagues, in the late 1980’s, to go to Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories to support the development of palliative care services there.

I have been a guest lecturer in more than 15 countries, lecturing on palliative care, care for professionals in cancer and palliative care and those working in similar professional roles, within the NHS and independent sectors. Topics included the risk of professionally induced ‘burnout’, coping with loss and change; spiritual aspects for the professional to consider when caring for patients/clients with life limiting and life reducing illness.