Me captured on camera playing "A what?" as part of a Playfulness in Adulthood workshop with the wonderful Bernie DeKoven.
I am a solid & creative practitioner with extensive experience supporting individuals and groups to develop & nourish self-awareness, self-compassion and well-being skills. I counsel with heart and soul and have been in practice for over 20 years.
As an adult, unsettled with restlessness and the yearning to belong, I would leave Dundee behind several times, following my heart to live in vibrant dwellings such as New York City and Paris, nourishing my hungry soul with fresh perceptions, yet I always return. This time feels different as I am planting roots and nurturing them through self-care practices.
My roots flow between two very different countries and cultures, Scotland and Greece. Throughout my life I have identified with one or the other and at this stage, I embrace them equally as they nourish me in different ways.
Having lived in both countries, I understand the importance of belonging and identity, the need to feel a connection with those around you and with the world itself, especially if you tell yourself you are on the outside or have no embodied sense you are meant to be here. My family have refugee histories and I sense their uproot in my blood.
I also know the importance of having a safe space to be yourself and was drawn to counselling because I wanted to be someone who could help people experience their own sense of safety and belonging in their bodies & within their place in the world. I can’t imagine doing anything else.
How I counsel
As a person-centred counsellor & somatic movement therapist, I consciously embody deepened relational ways of being which implicitly and explicitly say to each client they are accepted as they are, they are not alone as I am willing to enter their world, attuning to their experiences. Music is the space between the notes and I pay particular attention to what lies beneath and between.
Part of my role is to wholeheartedly communicate to each client how welcome they are. I invite curiosity, listening for subtle clues about what animates and awakens each client. I invite clients to open to themselves in new ways, to slow down and pay attention to themselves, to lean in and listen to themselves with a loving ear as they undertake their personal inquiries.
I am fascinated by our relationships with space and architecture and the silent dialogues exchanged between our bodies and our environments. By tuning in to the sensory stream of information we receive and transmit, we can bring our most subtle experiences to awareness and make choices responsive to the truths revealed.
The foundations of my somatic inquiry are to dwell within a sacred space which enlivens and extends my perceptual field. By entering a dialogue of relational depth with an ensouled space, I am in fact, engaging deeply with a dwelling which has been built to restore feelings of home and inter-connectivity. By moving in site-specific areas within the museum which I perceive as calling to me, I may discover fresh perceptions and expressions of soul.
Me captured during the first round of my Somatic Practice-led Research in the V&A Dundee, 2019.