A recipe of personal and professional experience, skills and passions have fed into the creation of Therapy Kitchen. People and communities, how and why they tick, have been an abiding fascination; through my practice of teaching, cooking and talk-therapy, I have been able to develop this interest, whilst finding a place of usefulness in my community. Being able to express ourselves creatively and feel connected to our environment, are key aspects to our well being, which I focus on in my work, for myself and with others.
After a first degree in Anthropology, I completed teacher training, that I was able to fit around my family. Landing a job as drama specialist at a school for high functioning dyslexic and autistic spectrum pupils, I also learned about ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Drama is a wonderfully flexible subject, lending itself to therapeutic input. After a break from secondary education, I returned to a new kitchen classroom, teaching adults domestic cookery. In the same year, I also began my training as a therapist. Whilst thoroughly enjoying these as discrete occupations, their compatibility and potential to feed into each other, quickly became apparent.
I am passionate about bringing possibility, potential and pleasure centre stage, abandoning notions of perfection, that get in the way life, love and good cooking. To this end, I am compiling a therapeutic cook book, based around imaginative, intuitive cooking and how this can inspire wider creative confidence in the world outside the kitchen (I’m told there is one…)
Accredited Member British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)2016
Foundation in Systemic Family Therapy, St Georges’ University Hospital, Tooting
Psycho-dynamic Therapeutic Counselling PG Dip, Brighton University2011
Science Short Course – Understanding Human Nutrition, Open University
Certificate in Teaching Children with Specific Learning Difficulties – Dyslexia. Roehampton Institute2000
BA (Hons) Anthropology and Sociology