Writing for a website turns out to be a daunting project. Impossible to be succinct and satisfactory; impossible to do more than convey a wisp of an impression of a lifetime's mixture of struggle and delight. As for what delights me, I love the living beings in my life: my spouse Pat; my family, now spanning three generations; friends; my clients, past and current. I love the sounds and silences of the land where we have built our house and live with three dogs, a lovely cat, a fluctuating flock of chickens, and the multiplicity of wild creatures who inhabit the meadow and woodlands.
Some of the happiest hours of my life are spent out in nature: my garden, the pond, and the wide delicious world beyond. Dirt is my therapist, these days.
If dirt is my therapist, language restores me. My idea of extreme luxury is an afternoon with some sleeping dogs and a good novel beside the wood stove. I have required the solace of poetry since early childhood.
I've been a therapist since 1993.
During my 20s and 30s I was a teacher.
I was educated in England (where I grew up), and the United States (where I seem to have rooted.)
I am a parent, and a delighted grandmother.
Cheltenham Ladies' College, Cheltenham, U.K.
Vassar College, AB, Developmental Psychology
Syracuse University School of Social Work, MSW
EMDR to the highest level: I was trained in 2000
AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy): I began my training in 2010, and became a certified AEDP clinician in 2014. In 2016 I earned Certification as an AEDP Supervisor. This means that therapists I supervise me can count those hours towards their own AEDP Certification as clinicians.
"Let me keep my distance, always, from those
who think they have the answers.
Let me keep company always with those who say
'Look!' and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads"
Mary Oliver: Mysteries, Yes.