Discovering the Alexander Technique
I first discovered the Alexander Technique after several years of having neck and shoulder pain, which started after I spent a lot of time working at a computer. Like many people I had tried osteopathy and, while it gave short term relief, it didn’t solve the problem. Someone suggested the Alexander Technique might be helpful so I started having lessons.
The Alexander Technique resolved my neck and shoulder pain but, unexpectedly, I found that it did much more than that. I began to realize that I had spent years existing mostly in my head. The Alexander Technique made me aware of this but also reintroduced me to my whole self. Initially, I was aware of a lot of tension but, through learning to release that tension, I found an increasing ease in life and a greater ability to deal with life’s demands. In addition I really enjoyed the Alexander Technique; I enjoyed learning it and practising it. I also liked that I learned to manage the discomfort myself rather than having to keep visiting a professional to resolve things for me.
Eventually I decided to become an Alexander Technique teacher and undertook the three year full-time training at the York Alexander Technique School. I now teach the Alexander Technique to a range of people who come for lessons for all kinds of different reasons. I believe that the more wholly embodied we are as we approach the ups and downs, and pleasures and pains, of life, the more we feel able to manage, enjoy and embrace life.
Other information about me
As a clinical psychologist, I had worked for many years with people with chronic pain, gynaecological, and other physical health problems. I began to want to find ways to help people that went beyond working solely psychologically – I wanted to work with people as a whole without separating them into mind and body. The Alexander Technique offers that approach.
Another important element in my life is writing and, as well as bringing my experience of working as a clinical psychologist into my approach, I also bring with me my interest in writing, particularly writing as a way of understanding ourselves better and exploring our whole selves.
Both of these aspects of my experience and interests inform the way that I work.
Training and Qualifications
I am a member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique. I attend regular continuous professional development events to maintain and develop my Alexander Technique skills and knowledge. I am involved in research into the Alexander Technique and its benefits.
I started my higher education by doing a degree in Biology with a subsidiary in Education at the University of York. I later trained as a clinical psychologist at University College London and following on from that I completed a PhD at the Postgraduate Medical Institute, University of London (now part of Imperial College). More recently I have completed a BA in Creative Writing at the University of Hull and have attended a series of training days on using creative writing in therapeutic environments.
I am HCPC registered as both a Clinical and a Health Psychologist.
I have enhanced DBS clearance and full professional insurance.