Grade 1 Tomatis® Practitioner

Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy - Leeds Beckett University, UK (ongoing)
Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play - National University of Ireland, Galway
Master of Arts in Law & Social Anthropology – Cambridge University, UK


When we look at a child or adult and we see them as struggling with an issue, we find we are more inclined to support them. However when we look at someone and see that person being defiant, weak, aggressive, selfish, or downright difficult, we are more inclined to correct them or punish them. My practice is based on the idea of supporting children and adults who are struggling with issues. This means I work with the Tomatis® method to strengthen the muscles in the ear, which in turn supports the brain to create new pathways that support increased focus, attention and feelings of security. I also work with Play Therapy to support children and teenagers who may be showing behaviours of withdrawing, aggression or anxiety. By supporting their brains to build new pathways, they are able to move away from triggered reactions, and an over-sensitised flight/fight/freeze mechanism. This allows for a greater sense of security and self over time, less of those ‘’struggling’’ behaviours emerge.

My path to the world of psychotherapy started in my criminology lectures at Cambridge University where I was surprised to learn of the failure of extensive attempts to identify the “criminal” brain, and how “criminality” was in fact spread out over the human population. I later studied Social Anthropology, and how humans operate in a social environment. Then I became a foreign correspondent in China at a time when there were great social changes and a strictly enforced one-child policy. When I had my own children, I started to understand the importance of the early years of a child’s life and the social bonds we all form as we grow. I developed a fascination for the interaction of the body and mind, neuroplasticity and the importance of our flight/fight/freeze reaction. The ideas that have been particularly influential in my journey so far can be found in the following books: “The Brain’s Way of Healing” – Norman Doidge “Childhood Matters”- Sudha Kudva “The Body Keeps The Score” – Bessel Van Der Kolk “The Conscious Ear” – Alfred Tomatis “Play Therapy” – Virgina Axline “Trauma Through A Child’s Eyes” – Peter Levine and Maggie Kline “On Becoming A Person” – Carl Rogers “The Mindful Therapist” – Daniel Siegel “Attachment in Psychotherapy” – David Wallin