Lecturer at Terapia Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Programme, London, Capstone Foster Care Agency in Devon, Registered Provider of Child Psychotherapy, South West England
Di originally trained as a drama teacher at Central School of Speech and Drama. She trained as a dramatherapist in 1989 then as a play therapist a couple of years later. She has worked in the NSPCC Child Sexual Abuse Consultancy, the NHS and largely in private practice. Di currently works for a private foster care agency as a play therapist and child psychotherapist and as a consultant to foster carers and social workers. She has been a clinical supervisor since 1994. Di completed an MA in Buddhist Psychotherapy with the Karuna Institute, Devon, in 2012. At that time, she believed she would end her practice as a drama and play therapist in order to practice as an adult psychotherapist, however, she discovered, with great joy, that Buddhism is exceptionally playful! Her book, ‘‘Playful Awakening – Releasing the Gift of Play in Your Life’ (2017, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London) was developed from her MA dissertation.
She is co-founder of the Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship Project and has a lifelong passion for horses. Di continues to supervision the Sirona team.
Di delivers a resilience training called the Challenge of Change (Derek Roger, 2017) and is studying to develop a playful, creative approach to building resilience in children and families.
Di lives in Devon with her husband and Branwell, the cat. Her daughter Tabby is currently training as a vet at Nottingham and son Dexter is studying law at Cardiff University.
Di is currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing at Teeside University.
She works in private practice as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. She is a lecturer at Terapia Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Programme, London and for Capstone Foster Care Agency in Devon. Di is a Registered Provider of Child Psychotherapy for Local Authorities in the South West.