BSc Hons Osteopathy (1995-2000)
Anglia Polytechnic University
The human body is a magnificent system with an inbuilt depth of wisdom. Support and guidance from a practitioner brings about space for the body to heal itself. This is a great honour and privilege.
Therapist Training (2010-2013)
The pain that is holding us back is held within us until it resolved. Much of the holding is there to protect the parts of us that are too delicate or vulnerable to show themselves because they are hurting. When we access painful feelings, we can befriend them and integrate them so we are no longer at war with ourselves and each other.
Becoming a therapist or guide for others asks us to become very sensitive to what they are feeling and to use that awareness to guide them. Healing must be guided in a way that is at the right pace and not overwhelming. Becoming a practitioner also asks us to walk our talk and do the work ourselves. When we embody this and use our awareness of what we sense in others, we can be a model for them and accompany them as a guide on their journey. A new way of living a nourishing and full life on our own terms becomes available.
Postgraduate Healing Training (2014)
As we enter further into this work, we can notice more subtle parts of another and bring this to an even more perceptive experience of holding a healing space.
Journeys into embodied, emotional and relational intimacy (2018-2019)
When we slow down and experience the moment, we can really notice what is happening in our inner world. We can enter relational space with ourselves and so with another. We can grow trust and freedom in the body and thus enter into relationship with ourselves and each other in a new way. We get to create a space with another that is really honest and made out of what we truly want, need and desire.
Trauma Awareness Training (2020)
Healing occurs in a safe environment where past trauma can be included and held in awareness. Getting to know about different states in the nervous system and how they relate to trauma and also to healing means that we can practice more effectively. A trauma informed practitioner recognises that trauma comes from someone having had no choice about what happens to them. Practicing as a therapist who guides in collaboration and consent with a client offers a platform of choice to the client which in itself is part of the healing.
Resource: Somatic Empowerment Training (2020)
With simple and profound practices based on neuroscience research, we can learn to feel grounded and safe in our bodies. We can change the biology of our nervous systems to rewire our response to stress. We can be well equipped with resources we can use at any moment.
Relating Openly: A 3 month Journey Into Evolutionary Relating (2021)
When we open up the space and borders around how and why we relate, we can create a new paradigm of relationship based around neuroscience research, attachment theory and embodiment. Self responsibility and self leadership open the way for a new way of relating in the world.
Betty Martin's Wheel of Consent 'Like A Pro' (2021)
Professional training for practitioners to create a strong container of safety so that the real transformation can happen. Making agreement and consent a central pillar of supporting clients. Helping them to become exquisitely aware of their own needs and boundaries according to what their feelings and their body tells them.
When you know what you want and need and know how to communicate that, freedom to be fully you becomes available. This is true in pleasure and intimacy and you find that it goes for all of life too.
Taking Therapy Outdoors (2022)
Therapy outdoors opens up the opportunity for being in a therapeutic setting outside of the typical 'four walls and two chairs' set up. We are free to walk and move or sit and feel the support of nature around us. We may begin to find that being outdoors is a freeing and creative place to find support and the answers we are looking for in life.
Embodied Relational Therapy (2022 - 2023 ongoing)
Allison Priestman & Stephen Tame
Grounded in Reichian body work and body psychotherapy, process approaches, psychodynamic therapies and earth centred spirituality, ERT is a holistic (considering all of a person) and integrative (bringing together different approaches) way of supporting another. It acknowledges that we have the free parts of us and the parts that are constricted where we are holding back. It acknowledges that we live in a body (embodied) and that relationship (relational) is how we 'do' life with other people, including in therapy. How can we work with those aspects of the push and pull of our free and constricted parts and with the fact of living in a body and and that we are relational beings to facilitate more ease and harmony in another?