My original training is as a veterinary surgeon; I also hold a first class degree in physiology. After a brief period working in equine research, I was a full-time self-employed medical and educational illustrator for nearly a decade. I have also held part-time posts in audit/research at Papworth and Addenbrooke's Hospitals.
In 2000 I started to receive acupuncture for frequent and severe headaches; I was so fascinated by the theory that I started to train in traditional Chinese acupuncture. The course however failed to maintain my whole-hearted enthusiasm so I left it to study biodynamic massage, having been inspired by experiences as a client in body psychotherapy. I eagerly launched my biodynamic massage practice in summer 2003 and have offered sessions ever since.
In 2002 I travelled to Dublin, Ireland, for a weekend introductory course in Somatic Experiencing (SE). It took until 2010 before I had the opportunity to commence travelling regularly to the USA, both for personal SE sessions and to attend SE trainings: this has been a homecoming for me both personally and professionally.
I have also attended courses on a range of other therapeutic approaches, including counselling skillls, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), Hakomi, body psychotherapy, Chi Kung, traditional Chinese medicine, Zero Balancing (ZB) and Anatomy Trains. I have studied with spiritual teachers including Adyashanti, Stephan Bodian, Jon Bernie, Mukti, Mooji, Tony Parsons and Byron Katie.
My interest in gardening crept in slowly but continues to grow at an exponential rate! I am a committed plantaholic, particularly interested in Mahonias but also with a fondness for e.g. Buddleja, Berberis, Betula (birches), Epimedium, Hemerocallis (day lilies), Kniphofia, Salix (willows), Polygonatum and Roses. I completed a 14 week garden design certificate with Lucy Redman, and am currently studying for the Certificate in Plantsmanship at the Beth Chatto Gardens as well as attending monthly practical sessions at Great Dixter. I have attended courses/guided walks at e.g Great Dixter, Bluebell Arboretum and Nursery, Harveys Garden Plants, The Plantsmans Preference, Anglesey Abbey, East Bergholt/The Place for Plants.
I enjoy riding and caring for my horse, Ciara; training and exercising my German Shorthaired Pointer, Seren; gardening and growing my own vegetables; cycling (both on and off road), Chinese Brush Painting and birdwatching.