'Creating Connexions' was developed to combine all of the training, experience and interests collected over my lifetime so far. It comes from my vision for us to connect to ourselves and each other, enabling us to communicate in a holistic way, using whatever means we have that serves us and ultimately gives us joy. When we are prevented from being our full potential for any reason, or our version of ourselves is not accepted by those around us, we experience emotional, psychological and even physical pain
Creating Connexions combines my qualifications of both Speech and Language Therapy and Dramatherapy. I qualified first as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1997 and then as a Dramatherapist in 2006. I am registered with the HCPC (Health Care Professions Council) for both. I am also a vocalist/vocal explorer and a passionate believer in voice and movement (embodied voice) as a source of connection and healing. (see 'Embodied Voice' section for more details on workshops/classes)
For over 20 years, I have worked with children, young people and adults with a range of communication and mental health needs as well as those of us who just feel blocked in some way in their life situation. Although, every person has been different in terms of their age, family and cultural background, life experience and current difficulties, what has been common in all cases is that their difficulties have blocked them from actualising their full potential and making fulfilling connections with others in many or all aspects of their lives.
The combination of both my SaLT and Dramatherapy training enables a more holistic, creative and flexible approach. This may mean that with one client a play based, more indirect approach is utilised and with another a practical, structured approach is felt to best meet their needs.
In recent years, I have worked mainly with people diagnosed with ASC (Autistic Spectrum Condition), Learning difficulties, SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties), Depression, Anxiety and Attachment related Difficulties. I have also worked with those who have specific trauma or wounds around using their voice.
I am trained in The Listening Program, VERVE Interaction Therapy (developed by Keena Cummins) and am involved in a regular practice group training in DvT (Developmental Transformations).
I have a personal conscious dance practice and also occasionally offer improvised vocals in classes in London.