Fiona is a Registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist Practitioner & Clinical Supervisor. Since qualifying as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist in 2012 at the Goldsmith University of London, Fiona has worked predominately in SEN, mainstream schools and smaller organisations with children and Adolescents with learning difficulties supporting emotional and behavioural needs. Fiona also was keen to develop therapeutic classes for Mothers and babies to establish trust and enhance healthy relationships and founded her own organisation of Creative Steps and runs small groups locally. She has also been a Movement lecturer and Clinical supervisor on the MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at Goldsmith University between 2016- 2020 and continues working for Goldsmith University on their short courses of DMP taster evenings and currently covering maternity leave on the Dance Movement Psychotherapy Foundation programme.
Dancer, Movement Artist
As a younger girl, Fiona was an extremely shy girl and was diagnosed with "scoliosis," curvature of the spine and was expected to need surgery in the later years of her adolescent life. To prevent this major operation she was recommended to try dance as an alternative approach to correct and strengthen her spine. From this advice, she started attending ballet classes Not only did Fiona enjoyed the benefits of dancing, but she also found dance help her express ideas or emotions, released energy and gave her delight in performing which helped build her self esteem and confidence as a person. Fiona discovered that dancing strengthened her spine resulting in her not needing an operation. Her love for dance began, she soon gained a place to train at the Ballet Rambert School. Fiona graduated from Rambert and had a successful career as a professional dancer of over 20 years dancing in European ballet companies and musicals the London's West End.
Dance and Movement have always been one of the most important aspects of Fiona's life. After becoming a mother she grew fascinated by child development and the power of non-verbal communication and how it helped elevate some of the frustrations of childhood experiences. Fiona now uses these transferable skills and experiences as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist.