Originally from England, I lived in London and travelled internationally for several years before moving to California, where I completed a biology degree and worked for a while in scientific research in the San Francisco Bay Area. During that time, I also trained and worked as a yoga therapist. I relocated to the Rogue Valley in 2008, and in 2014, I returned to school at Southern Oregon University where I completed a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Oregon.
My goal is to bring together the best of evidence-informed mental health counseling, mindfulness, and yoga to address the emotional, cognitive, somatic, and spiritual needs of my clients in a practical approach based on an integrated theoretical orientation. I employ tools from each discipline to make the practice of therapy more effective. Traditional "talk therapy" has tremendous value. However, the field of psychotherapy is recognizing that the incorporation of practices that include awareness of the body and a mindful, more expansive, viewpoint can take therapy to a new level of effectiveness.
During my years as a yoga therapist, I worked individually with clients for a variety of issues, especially anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. I served at La Clinica Wellness Center in Medford for my clinical internship, during which time I worked with diverse clients and a wide variety of mental health issues, such as complex trauma, sexual abuse, eating disorders, depression, chronic anxiety, panic disorder, borderline personality disorder traits, divorce, loss, and relationship problems. I was a member of the treatment team at the DBT Center of Southern Oregon from 2018 to 2020, working as an individual therapist and facilitating groups in the dialectical behavior therapy model.
Currently, I work with individual clients and couples at my office in the Ashland Armory, where I specialize in mindfulness-based approaches to mental health and wellbeing (Click here view my CV and also see my Psychology Today profile for more information). In the spring of 2022, I will be expanding my practice to include groups, in particular, a mindfulness-based cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia group.
As well as my therapy work, I am a magazine and book editor. I am co-editor of a contributed book, Yoga for Mental Health (Handspring Publishers, 2018) and for seven years, I was editor in chief of Yoga Therapy Today, the membership magazine of the International Association of Yoga therapists. Since 2017, as adjunct faculty, I have taught online psychology courses to undergraduates at Endicott College, Beverly, MA.
In my spare time, I can be found hiking, practicing yoga, dancing, reading, practicing and performing improvised theater, and being with friends and family in the beautiful Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon.