The Many Senses

The Many Senses

As a somatic practitioner, I’m especially interested in how you perceive yourself and the world around you. As someone also specialising in recovery from trauma and addiction, I believe the extent to which we experience our senses and sensations has direct bearing on...
Our Deepest Fear

Our Deepest Fear

”Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to...

Staylistening

Do you ever have the experience of a word, a single word, resonating so deeply that something seems to actually shift inside? It happened to me recently. I heard the word staylistening. Instantaneously something settled inside and I knew that’s what I would have...
Choosing the right train, the right carriage

Choosing the right train, the right carriage

Images often come to me when I’m with clients, sometimes for sharing and sometimes just for me to ponder. A new one came recently, this one to share. I imagined a train, its journey representing the life we lead. Beyond the catchphrase “it’s the journey not the...
My Strozzi-versary!

My Strozzi-versary!

  Twenty years ago today, on 21st April 2001, Dr. Richard Strozzi- Heckler awarded me the certificate of Master Somatic Coach at the dojo in Petaluma, California. Those moments which seem frozen in time? Well, this was one. Another was the day I picked up his...
Making More Space

Making More Space

It’s very easy to say “take a step back,” “see the bigger picture,” “make more space,” “just detach” and, in my experience, much harder to do in practice. As I was working with someone today, I was taken by surprise when a fresh way to do this presented itself, so I...
Crisis and Opportunity

Crisis and Opportunity

We find ourselves in remarkable times. The word “unprecedented” is used repeatedly. In peacetime there have never been such circumstances.  I’m incredibly fortunate to be able to do the majority of my work virtually. I’ve been working with clients worldwide for some...

Hope Springs Eternal

Always we hopesomeone else has the answer.some other place will be better,some other time it will all turn out. This is it.no one else has the answer.no other place will be better,and it has already turned out. At the centre of your beingyou have the...
The best teachers; often in disguise

The best teachers; often in disguise

Aside from my favourite kindergarten teacher, who had the softest of angora cardigans and comfiest of laps to climb into, some of the best teachers in my life have actually been people I loathed. Loathed? Well, I’ve learnt from experience that when I find...
The Embodiment of Recovery

The Embodiment of Recovery

Earlier this month I celebrated thirty-two years’ sobriety. For the uninitiated that means eleven thousand six hundred and eighty continuous days without alcohol. Of any kind. That’s what surprises most people. “Not even a sip?” Nope. No sherry trifle. No Bailey’s...