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All therapists listed below completed the post-diploma training in Integrative Embodied Psychotherapy. They are highly skilled practitioners that come from a wide range of therapeutic approaches. You can find out more about their therapeutic background by checking the individual listings and the links to their own website. 

Tasha Colbert - Working in Stroud GL5 and online

I have been working for over 20 years as a embodied psychotherapist, I originally trained in dance movement psychotherapy and worked in the NHS and other institutional settings before establishing my private practice in 2008.  I also supervise and mentor psychotherapists and teams in the caring professions and offer online Embodied Supervision groups.


My approach is integrative and trauma informed, meaning that I draw on a range of approaches with a special interest in working with the body, which is often a barometer for our emotional state. I believe that embodied psychotherapy can help us discover our strengths and resources and I have found that working with the body - alongside verbal expression - to be an effective way to gain insights to our problems, often in direct and surprising ways.

My approach is non-judgemental, supportive and creative, and rather than telling you what to do, I will work with you to overcome challenges you are facing.  As I do not believe that 'one way fits all', I will tailor my approach to meet your needs. I draw from the following approaches but do not use all of these with all clients: somatic mindfulness,  movement psychotherapy, creative arts, somatic experiencing, parts-work informed by IFS and other parts models. I also hold a deep understanding of the autonomic nervous system which informs my work.

My psychotherapy practice for long term therapy is currently full. I occasionally have slots for shorter term embodied psychotherapy become available, so if you are interested in this, please get in touch.


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Katarina Gadjanski - Working in Stroud GL5, Athens/Aegina (Greece) & online

My therapeutic background is in transpersonal psychotherapy, integrative psychosynthesis,

body-oriented psychotherapy, movement therapy and group work. I offer embodied mentoring & supervision to psychotherapists and counsellors interested in integrating the Embodied Psychotherapy approach into their practice.

I really enjoy working with people who are interested in spiritual development and inner transformation, and offer sessions in embodied spiritual mentoring. 


I've been practicing various forms of meditation for over 30 years, so I am particularly interested in bringing the therapeutic elements of meditation and spiritual practice into my work. I also have a background in music and dance and I love using creativity, music, sounding, movement, creative arts and guided visualisations in my therapeutic work. 


I am a great believer in 'collective healing' and I am passionate about facilitating groups, workshops and retreats and creating holding spaces for healing within groups and communities. Over the past 15 years I've been facilitating personal development workshops, therapy groups, CPD trainings and both therapeutic and spiritual retreats in the UK and internationally.

Please note that I am currently on a sabbatical from one-to-one psychotherapy work and at present offer only embodied mentoring/supervision and group work. 


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Edina Matyas - Working online

I have trained as an Integrative, Transpersonal counsellor with special emphasis on the Soul and the Soul’s journey. This modality incorporates a range of aspects of other therapies, such as humanistic, existential, psychodynamic, psychosynthesis, etc. 


My training experience in Embodied Psychotherapy and Somatic experiencing felt like the missing piece I was looking for. I feel that Transpersonal approach and Embodied Psychotherapy complement each other perfectly and fully represent me as who I am as a therapist.

I strongly believe in our bodies’ wisdom and its ability to heal itself so one of my main aim is to help clients to reconnect with theirs. 

I feel that many of the physical ailments are the result of a discord between the body and the Soul so in order to recover, reconnection is needed.

In my work I also use creative tools such as drawings and visualisation and I like to give space for spirituality where there is an interest.

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Suad Ahmed - Working in London SE and online

I hold space for women to step away from the chaotic thoughts in the mind and ground down into the body, to tune into intuition and the infinite pool of unconditional acceptance, love and compassion plentiful there. Through my own experience and that of my clients I have a deep belief in our bodies capacity to heal our emotional wounds and we are the experts of our own lives.

My approach to Psychotherapy integrates a person-centred approach, mindful Self Compassion and Internal Family Systems with body oriented tools to connect with their own voice through finding safety and regulation in the body, processing emotions through remembering and mourning. And moving into internalising the strengths and compassion learnt from the processing.

The issues I work with include: Self Confidence, Self Identity, Relationship difficulties, Domestic abuse, Grief, Depression and Anxiety, Trauma, Stress management, Anger management, Personal development & Premenstrual syndrome.


I am an accredited member of BACP.


More info:


Phone: 07729988551

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Belinda Sherlock – Working in London, Angel N1 and online

I am a creative and embodied therapist, supervisor and facilitator, working with adults and teenagers. My approach is integrative, so I collaborate with clients to discover which creative, body-based and/or talking tools might best meet their needs. 

My practice centres around supporting people to draw on their own well of wisdom, grow in their self-compassion, get to know their nervous systems better, feel more connected to themselves and others, and explore the different roles, cultural systems and spaces they occupy in the world.

Clients approach me to work through trauma, stress, anxiety, grief, or feeling stuck, low or dissatisfied in some way in their lives. I work in a trauma-responsive way, prioritising a client’s sense of safety, and taking time to build an authentic, trusting and therapeutic relationship.

I am a qualified dramatherapist and integrative embodied psychotherapist, and draw on additional training and practice in compassion meditation, tai chi and qi gong, Internal Family Systems, systemic reflective practice, therapeutic ritual and therapeutic improvisation. In sessions we might use breath work, movement, visualisation, creative writing & story, voice work, role work and meditation practices – all these support clients to contain and process difficult experiences, to regulate the nervous system, to explore their inner and outer world, and to tap into their playful, creative self.

Alongside private practice, I have 9 years’ experience as a therapist in the NHS (forensic mental health) and have delivered therapy to individuals and groups in schools, PRUs, refuges and community centres. I am a qualified clinical supervisor working with therapists and creative practitioners, and a workshop & training facilitator. I am also currently doing doctoral research into creative practice in prisons.

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Samina Ali - Working in Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales – and online

I currently work in North Wales as a Body-Oriented Psychotherapist registered with ADMP-UK, BAATN (Black, African, Asian Therapy Network) and IEP - following my initial training in Psychology and Dance Movement Psychotherapy. I have a private practise in an ecological and creative community space for in-person sessions, and also offer sessions online - working with young/adults/couples/older people with trauma, complex PTSD, neurodiversity and transpersonal issues; with previous experience working in Primary Schools, the mental health sector, and therapeutic based experiential workshops based on women's health, archetypes, authentic movement in doors and out in nature.

My approach is client-centred, non-pathologising, and compassion based; integrating various somatic practises such as:-Internal Family Systems/Family & Identity Constellations, Authentic Movement, Polyvagal Theory, Laban Movement Analysis, Somatic Experiencing, Transpersonal & Meditative practises, whilst also working in nature as an added resource and layer to movement metaphors that emerge. My work is informed by Neuroscience and Neurobiology – where research demonstrates how real change can be fostered by circumventing engrained habitual patterns of thinking and behaviour, through improvised and spontaneous movement and expression, imagination, embodied meditation, encouraging non preferential movement qualities, and focusing on the nervous system in times of hyperarousal e.g. over stimulated nervous system, fight /flight/freeze/fawn; and hypoarousal e.g. dissociation, collapse, numbness and avoidance. 

I am also currently running a Social Green Prescribing programme pilot as I believe in creating safe environments in nature for people to explore themselves holistically in community without requiring pathologising of symptoms, delayed primary or secondary care input, or prioritised pharmaceutical interventions outside of acute inpatient settings. I am also incorporating relevant research into Psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology – which explores the connection between psychological wellbeing, embodied trauma and chronic stress, and its affects on the body's immune and endocrine systems, and causation of dis-ease.

I am currently a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion working group for ADMP-UK, and the Wales Hwb, and recently appointed Chair of the Wales Arts Therapies Advisory Forum – which creates an active link between the all the Arts therapies, Allied Health professionals, and Welsh Government. 

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Spiros Philippas – Working in London E17 and online

I am a BACP-registered and UKCP-accredited psychotherapist offering both online and in-person sessions. Although I initially trained in integrative-transpersonal psychotherapy, my approach to therapy is constantly evolving as a result of my client work and my ongoing professional development and interests. At its heart, however, is the deep-seated and clinically-proven belief that a lot of our present difficulties are the result of relational wounding, and that it is within the context of an attuned, empathic relationship - such as the therapeutic relationship - that healing and growth can take place.  

My interest in working in an embodied way emerged out of my own growing - and often frustrating - realisation that although insight and awareness are key and noble aims of the therapeutic process, change is usually elusive or short-lived unless it drops from a mental/emotional realisation into an embodied experience – until we can feel it in our body and gut, in other words. 

Working with embodiment means making the body’s inner wisdom explicit, allowing it to share its experiences and history in its own language, and tapping into its natural resources and healing propensities to feel safe and grounded in the world.  I work with a range of tools and techniques from different theoretical and trauma-processing orientations, integrating them, however, creatively and organically into the therapeutic process.   

I have experience working with individuals who have suffered from depression, loss of meaning, relationship difficulties, exploring their sexual orientation, spiritual crisis as well as covert and overt sexual abuse and prolonged developmental trauma. I have in-depth clinical experience and have researched extensively the often less visible and less talked-about wounding stemming from a difficult or absent relationship with the father, supporting both male and female clients with coming to terms and moving past the impact that such ‘father’ wounding has had in their lives. 

More info:

Phone:  07903160888 

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David Matthews - Working indoors and outdoors in Cornwall TR11 and online


At the heart of my approach to counselling is a trust in the wisdom of the body. I believe that with the right support, we can reconnect with our own body’s innate ability to heal itself, and move beyond the patterns of the past, towards a greater sense of self, which has more vitality and more joy within it.


I often work with people struggling with difficult, painful life experiences (such as childhood trauma, bereavement, addiction, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, and relationship breakdown) who want to bring more creativity, connection, playfulness and meaning into their lives. 


For me, it’s important that we take time to build a safe, trusting, genuine relationship, and I draw on a range of trainings, disciplines and practices to do this, at times using meditation, creativity, imagery, poetry and story to help care for body and soul.


I’m a fully insured, accredited member of the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society. Please do contact me if you have any further questions.


More info:


Phone: 07528269690


Kim Bowers - Working online

I have over 20 years experience of working as a therapist and have been blessed to have supported many people on their journey. I also bring a personal knowledge and ‘lived experience’ of relational, developmental and intergenerational trauma. I have a deep understanding of how trauma impacts the whole system, body, mind, emotions and psyche and Soul.

As I have developed and grown over the years the way I practice has evolved too. I bring many different teachings into my approach and the space l offer.
IFS PARTS (internal family systems ) informed work and INNER CHILD working with different parts of self (often in opposition and can be out of conscious awareness).
ATTACHMENT THEORY ways we relate often learnt in early relationships and how this unconsciously will be in the space between us (relational) and will show up in relationships.
The UNCONSCIOUS and how parts of us will operate out of and from our field of conscious awareness.
POLYVAGAL THEORY how nervous systems inform and impact, hijack, impact our body, and how to find tools and resources in body to regulate.
BELIEF that we often underestimate how resourceful we are as human beings which often this is forgotten.
RECOGNISE as individuals (there’s not another one of you on this planet) how unique you are, the importance of building positive relationship with oneself.


I have held a regular practice in various forms of Meditation for over 30 years. 
This too has informed an embodied approach to open enquiry of being ‘mindfully’ aware of what’s present in the body, and what is contained and felt within it.
I embrace working with people who wish to deepen or develop their selves spiritually

More info:


Phone: 07905699253


Eszter Ivan - Working in London, near London Bridge, Haggerston and online

I have always been passionate about helping people to facilitate changes in their lives. My approach incorporates reconnecting with our body`s wisdom and to use it as a resource. By providing a non-judgmental, embodied space I support my clients to explore and express their emotional difficulties and to find a way to reconnect with their authentic self. Clients approach me with relational difficulties and feeling stuck, with the experience of burnout, with psychosomatic symptoms, or to develop self and body awareness.


I originally trained as a psychologist in 2008. My interest in the mind body connection led to doing further training in integrative hypnotherapy in 2012 and later in dance movement psychotherapy in 2015. One of my areas of expertise is in working with grief, and I am trained in the grief recovery method in 2017. I currently provide dance movement psychotherapy (UKCP reg), therapeutic coaching, grief recovery work for adults in private practice, and work as a student counsellor for IRIE! Dance Theatre Company. I am passionate about supporting students’ mental health in higher education to be able to flourish.


I am also interested in creative and embodied approaches in the treatment of medically unexplained symptoms and I am currently doing a part time Phd in psychology and dance, my research title is: A Feminist Interdisciplinary Investigation into the Efficacy of the Moving Pieces Approach to Managing Medically Unexplained Symptoms.

I am currently a supervisor trainee at Relation Change (, and do get in contact if you are interested in low-cost embodied supervision online or face-to-face.

More info:


Phone: 07784899404


Helen Farrell  - Working in Northern Ireland, BT78 and online

I am a supportive and empathic listener and observer for my clients, throughout times of distress, confusion, loss and despair. The relationship between me and my clients is based on trust, honesty and respect, and this is at the very heart of my counselling. My original training was in Humanistic counselling (Person-Centred/Existential) and since qualifying I have deepened my practice through training as an Embodied Psychotherapist. I have experienced first hand the powerful transformation that can occur when we tune into the wisdom and experience held within our physical being. My work often involves paying careful attention, with my client, to the sensations they notice in their bodies as we talk, and then working directly with that sensation through breathing, movement and visualisation.

I work with my clients as a fellow human being, rather than an 'expert', and my clients can explore their emotions and relationships in their own way, at their own pace. Therapy of this kind can bring about real personal growth as clients gain insight into themselves, in a safe, non-judgemental space, without being told what to do. I often work outside with clients, in natural spaces, to integrate movement and connection to nature to the work, as these can be very powerful healing agents. I believe that re-connecting to our natural world can bring real clarity, perspective and peace as we navigate, together, through challenging times.

I am a fully registered member of BACP


Phone:  07868 616374


Abi Newman  - Working in Bristol and online

I am a fierce believer in people, I see our ability to find tenderness in the most challenging of moments. I know that we all have the potential to meet and integrate our innate power and wisdom, I also know and understand that being human and being in a body can be a challenging experience.

Our bodies carry within them the legacy of our life experiences; our attachments, our traumas, our abandonment, our belonging and our becoming. 

Acknowledging the stories and language of your body can offer another dimension to therapeutic work and creates a space to explore the difficulties in your life that do not seem to move or change simply by talking about them.

I will be with you to witness, support, guide and offer my curiosity to your process. I work in an embodied collaborative intuitive way, with wholehearted belief in your power and wisdom. I may use a frame drum or music in session should it feel supportive for you in your process.

I draw upon practices from internal family systems/parts work, somatic experiencing, body mapping, dance movement psychotherapy and core Shamanism.

Mindful movement, breath awareness and visualisations are at the heart of what I offer in a session.

I feel driven and passionate about holding a therapeutic healing space for people to find movement in their bodies and deeper connection with their hearts.

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Jo Harley  - Working in London, Clapham SW11 and online

I’ve had the pleasure of working as an Arts psychotherapists and supervisor for over fifteen years in clinical and educational settings, witnessing first-hand the healing and transformational benefits of the creative arts. 

I strongly believe in the healing capacity of the arts as I’ve experienced this myself in my own life. My approach incorporates using different art forms such as writing, image and story making, role-play, and movement, with mindful awareness. This helps clients tell their story in alternate ways, sometimes for the first time, expressing their feelings using verbal and non-verbal forms of communication. This process allows for more implicit material to be shared and reflected upon. By including the whole body in this process, we can engage with the felt sense of our experience, not just the narrative. In this way, different meanings may emerge that were previously hidden, bringing new perspectives and understanding.


Working with arts in this embodied way can help cultivate emotional resilience, build self-esteem, promote personal insights, and reduce inner conflict and distress, to name a few of the benefits.   

I work with a focus on self-compassion and acceptance, as many times it is our self-judgement that can be one of the biggest hurdles, and bring a spiritual aspect into the work, where a deeper meaning and purpose may be found. No previous experience of the arts is necessary, just a willingness to participate and explore. (Working with adults only)


I have a BA in Arts therapies and MA in Drama and Movement therapy. I’m fully registered with the HCPC and BADth. I’m also a certified life coach and hold certificates in Psychosynthesis Counselling, Theory and practice of Psychodrama, and Embodied Psychotherapy.

I also work as a Creative Arts supervisor for therapy students, and qualified therapists and counsellors, and enjoy my own practice as an artist.

More info:


Phone: 07939048942

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Ruth Allen  -  Working outdoors in Derbyshire DE4 and online

I am a movement-oriented counsellor/psychotherapist (accredited member of the NCS) and eco-practitioner specialising in outdoor therapy. I work in and with a semi-moorland, forested site in North Derbyshire where I see clients for regular weekly therapy, and I also work online with a focus on embodied and creative practices for self-enquiry and healing. I also an Author, Speaker and adventurer when there’s time. I mentor and train therapists who are looking to take their work outside, and I offer online ‘Embodied Animal’ movement classes open-to-all for the new and fearful to creative movement, where we explore our connection to the more than human world, and the animal within us, lead by different animal wisdoms and the animal of the wildwood tarot.

I am person-centred by initial training, but my practice is deeply integrative and unique to each client, drawing on humanistic perspectives, ecopsychology, existential philosophy, depth psychology and somatic and movement practices. Together we explore what you need, and the process is collaborative from beginning to end. I am trauma-intuitive and experienced in my work with all sorts of trauma and PTSD. I work with clients facing a variety of challenges whether it’s anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties, grief, confidence, identity issues etc. and I especially welcome clients who consider themselves on a journey in some way.

I am particularly interested in how we make meaning of our lives, and how we find expression of our feelings through the body, as well as how we work alongside the rest of nature on our journey through life, and at times of difficulty or transition.

More Info: 


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Catherine Macer -  Working in Stroud GL5 and online

I am BACP Accredited psychodynamic and body-orientated counsellor working with both adults and adolescents in a variety of settings including counselling services, secondary schools, and in private practice. The heart of my work is to develop a collaborative therapeutic relationship; to create a safe, empathic and permissive space into which you can bring whatever you need to bring.  My work is relational and client-led, meaning that I use our relationship to gain insights into your wider life, and that I adapt my approach to best meet your unique needs. 

My core training is psychodynamic, so I’m interested in unconscious patterns learnt from early childhood experiences, including attachment patterns, as well as life transitions, and the impact of trauma.  I also have a deep faith in the innate intelligence and wisdom of our bodies, so invite your embodied experience into the work through sensing, movement, sounding, visualization and other forms of creative expression. Mindfulness is often a key part of this, as is psychoeducation. 

I trust in the transformative power of telling our stories, of being witnessed and held in expressing the full range of our feelings, and in reconnecting to our bodies, and so to the earth. I believe that we can each find our own unique healing journey, with non-judgemental, honest, sometimes challenging, but always compassionate support. My intention is that through the work you will develop a more holistic understanding of yourself, integrating your many parts with acceptance and self-compassion, and that this will empower you to make the changes you seek and live more authentically as you. 


Phone: 07477 588803


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Jani Santos - working online

I am a multicultural therapist, trained in Humanistic Counselling (Gestalt) and Integrative Embodied Therapy. I have a background in dance, yoga, mindfulness and Vedic philosophy.

​My therapy style is interactive, non-judgmental and collaborative. I provide a confidential and caring counselling service, at a pace that feels comfortable for you. With awareness and through mindfulness, we will work towards developing a deeper understanding of your needs and how to support these.
Besides my commitment and perseverance, I know personally what it's like to be in a dark place and I have experienced how therapy can really help - as therapy encouraged me to  reconnect with myself and learned how to connect with others in a healthy way. 

Some of the areas I have experience working with are: anxiety, depression, relationship problems, family issues, self-esteem, stress, anger, bereavement and trauma.

I offer online therapy in English, Portuguese and Spanish. 

​More info:

Phone: 07563043628


Catherine Hockley – Create Hope – working in Berkshire in person and online. 

I run a charity based and offer sessions in Person in Bracknell and Devizes.  My initial training was in Play therapy which I qualified from in 2010.  I have continued my professional development completing training in Systemic family therapy, Non-violence resistance therapy, embodiment Psychotherapy, couples therapy and somatic trauma therapy.
Since completing my own therapy training I have now developed training to equip other professionals in this field.  Through the charity we offer a level 5 and 6 diploma in integrative creative and play therapy which is accredited through NCIP.

Through Create Hope we offer a range of therapeutic support to children, young people and adults.  We also offer systemic family group sessions, offering a more holistic approach.   Our approach works with creativity, play and the body to help clients develop self-awareness, process past trauma, explore and express themselves and develop resilience. 

Our heart is to give people a voice and help them find their voice through the creative process.  Incorporating different aspects in our work, we are client led, working at the client’s pace, and providing a safe, non-judgmental space. 
We are a Christian charity, however work with people from all faith and non-faith backgrounds.  We accept referrals direct from families, from schools or other organizations.   We recognize for the some covering the cost of therapy is not affordable so we have a bursary fund available.


More info:


Phone: 07720970717 


Marion Moody - working from Pontypridd, Caerphilly, Cardiff and online.

Within a professional relationship with clear boundaries and maximum confidentiality, I provide a safe, respectful and non-judgmental environment for clients to explore any troubling issues. I combine specific skills, extensive theoretical knowledge and intuition in order to help clients explore these more deeply. Working in collaboration with clients as one human being to another rather than as "expert and patient", I aim to help them identify anything which might be blocking clients from moving forward and explore ways to address these blocks.


My approach is integrative and heavily based on the person-centred, non-directive tradition pioneered by Carl Rogers. However, I prefer to fit theories around clients rather than vice versa, therefore I draw on a range of differerent models including psychodynamic, Gestalt, CBT and Transactional Analysis. I particularly like to work with imagery, dreams, and creative approaches such as drawing, clay-modelling or writing as ways of accessing deeper-than-everyday levels of consciousness. I qualified as an Embodied Therapist in early 2022, which consolidated my belief in the body as a valuable resource and source of information, through which deeper levels of awareness and change can be activated than through talking alone. I also have an interest in the application of mindfulness as a way of learning to relate to emotions and thoughts in a more healthy way. 

I believe that people have their own answers within, but sometimes lose sight of this, and my role is to help clients mobilize and extend their resources and to hopefully provide them with tools by which to become their own best therapist. I combine support and sensitive challenge in order to help clients move towards being the person they wish to be and living the life they wish to live in a way that is authentic and in line with who they are as an individual. 

My areas of experience and interest include anxiety, depression, stress, low mood, self esteem, addictions, obsessions, loss, fears and phobias, abuse, trauma, bereavement, relationship issues, work-related, impact of physical health, general personal growth.

I have been in my private practice for 16 years, and also worked part time in the NHS as a Primary Care Counsellor and Interpersonal Therapy for Depression (IPT) Practitioner for 6 years - until January 2022. Additionally, I have worked as a volunteer in various settings including Cardiff Mind, Cardiff Women's Aid, Vale Alcohol and Drug Team, Age Concern in the Vale and Counselling South Wales.

More info:


Phone: 07847 178007 

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