I am fascinated by human development and how our earliest experiences can influence our lives. Today, with nearly 20 years experience working with children, parents and educators in various countries and settings, I continue to dedicate my work to supporting our young people.
In New York, I provided outdoor and adventure-based experiences focused on developing socio-emotional skills to children with a wide range of special needs. I learned that art, play and the imagination, cradled within a trusting, secure relationship, are the main ingredients for healing and growth to take place. I also facilitated workshops and coaching support to families, teachers and youth workers on managing challenging behaviours and on building positive relationships with children.
I later entered the teaching profession in London. Within the school setting, I understood that a child’s ability to learn and thrive rely first and foremost on their emotional and mental well-being. My experience as an Early Years teacher showed me not only the importance of early intervention in reducing future social and emotional challenges, but also the positive impact that a caring, consistent attachment figure can have on a child's overall resilience and well-being.
I strongly believe that in order to best serve and support our children, we must first create a safe space to reflect on our own stories, needs and challenges, and also to prioritise our own wellness. I therefore bring a very systemic approach to my work and offer support to both children and the caring adults in their lives.
I have a mixed cultural background and really enjoy working with diverse groups of individuals, respecting each person's unique experiences. I feel honoured to support children and adults on their courageous and creative journeys and I continue to learn from them every day.