Mental Health

I’m a qualified, BACP-accredited therapist with my own therapeutic practice, and consult, mentor and deliver training for a range of projects and organisations, working with individuals and groups to explore, understand and enhance wellbeing and mental health.

Prioritising self-acceptance, self-compassion, authenticity and intersectionality, I pride myself on creating a safe, supportive therapeutic environment where everyone is recognised and celebrated for who they are.

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Rebel Therapy

My private therapy practice, Rebel Therapy, is a space for creatives and non-conformists of all stripes, shapes and backgrounds.

It’s therapeutic counselling for punks and poets, baristas in bands, anarchists and artists. It’s for ravers, screenwriters, drag artists, dancers and dreamers.

If you’re interested in working one-on-one with a therapist who prizes authenticity, integrity, confidentiality and compassion, you can find out more about my therapeutic work and book your free consultation via the below link.

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Don't Panic

Trauma-Informed Practice

Trauma-informed practice – a way of working in the arts and other settings that focuses on being sensitive to trauma and putting measures in place to avoid (re)traumatisation in both practitioners and service users – is a topic I am passionate about. I’ve recently been collaborating with my brilliant friend Vicky from Bread & Roses Counselling to co-develop and deliver a series of training workshops for organisations that want to explore and better understand this way of working. For more info, testimonials and to talk about bringing us into your organisation, please get in touch to discuss.

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Wellbeing workshops

I’ve been booked by a long list of organisations – from the world’s largest arts festivals and universities to grassroots charities and non-profits – to develop and deliver online and in-person workshops that support participants’ mental health and wellbeing. From sessions on boundaries, self-doubt, writing for recovery from trauma and many more, I’m renowned for my ability to engage audiences of all backgrounds and education levels, and love getting to empower participants to better support themselves. Organisations I’ve collaborated with in the past include New Writing North, The Men’s Room, Manchester City of Literature and many more. Find out more about my experience in this area and get in touch via the below link.

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The Divine Feminist podcast

The Divine Feminist is a brilliant podcast by writer and therapist Ceryn Rowntree. I was thrilled to be a guest on it in early 2020, where Ceryn and I discussed many of my all-time favourite topics: trauma recovery, subcultures, identity, and what it is to be your multi-faceted, glorious self in a world that sometimes has a very strict definition of normal.

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Activism + Mental Health

Protecting and advocating good mental health within a movement supports its longevity and is a powerful form of activism in itself. I believe mental health should be considered as an integral, proactive aspect of any activism, not just as an afterthought. That means:  knowing the signs of burnout and vicarious trauma; thinking about how information, resources and leadership roles are shared so people can rotate in and out depending on their needs; setting up systems for mutual care and support; and setting, recognising and respecting boundaries.

I talked to journalist Diyora Shadijanova about these topics and more for an article on Restless Magazine

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The Future Is Ours

I mentor and consult on all sorts of projects aimed at supporting better mental health and wellbeing. During the pandemic, I was one of ten creative practitioners who collaborated with youth mental health charity 42nd Street on The Future Is Ours, a ten-day festival celebrating the voices and creativity of young people. I mentored a brilliant young writer named Noor Rubani who created this brilliant zine, Noorie’s Lightbulb, over the course of our collaboration.

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