about Dinah

About Dinah

Dinah walking in near Derwent Water in the Lake DistrictFacilitator Expressive arts therapy since 1990

Facilitator SoulCollage® since April 2016

I was brought up in Kendal, but left in my late teens to go to study fine art at Edinburgh University.  After a gap of many years, I felt a pull to return home to Cumbria and since 2003 have been living in this area.

In the late 1980s, I retrained as a counsellor and expressive arts therapist, travelling to California to train with Natalie Rogers.  Shortly after, I trained in Jungian Sandplay therapy and developed an interest in miniatures, which as archetypal symbols have been popular ingredients of my expressive arts workshops since then.

I've always been fascinated by the interconnection of the arts – painting, music, poetry and dance. After my Art History degree I spent a year researching the topic of synesthesia in the visual arts. I picked up this passion again when I met Natalie's work with the Creative Connection.

For a period of ten years between 1991 and 2001, I worked as a counsellor trainer, initially at Wigan and Runshaw Colleges in Lancashire. I then helped to set up and co-led two independent training courses:

  • ACCEPT, an accredited course training counsellors at diploma level from Alston Hall, Longridge, near Preston
  • PCETI Europe, a branch of Natalie Roger’s Person Centred Expressive Therapy Institute from Fawcett Mill Fields in Cumbria.

In 2012, I had a chapter on Person-Centred Expressive Arts Therapy published in the second edition of Tribes of the Person Centred Nation (PCCS Books).

In the Summer of 2015 I was introduced by a colleague to Seena Frost’s Jungian SoulCollage® model, an approach which has enriched my own creativity and also my workshop designs and content. It has supported my growing interest in including more Jungian and spiritual elements into my workshops.

Daily meditation has been a practice since my early 20s and keeps me centred and steady.

I enjoy printmaking, outdoor sketching, singing, dancing and walking the nearby fells.

I am divorced, single and content with a good network of local friends and family. I have a grown up son and daughter.

I will be retiring after June 2018, but my expressive arts therapy (PCEAT) workshop program will continue in the trusted hands of person-centred facilitators, Amy Williams and Joan Elliot.

Website Credits

Thanks to Fiona Foley for permission to use the photograph of one of here stained glass windows (see the left image on my home page where Fiona's photograph forms part of a composite SoulCollage® image).  You can see more of Fiona's work at www.foleystainedglass.com/Gallery

Website development by Bill Thompson

 

Dinah walking in near Derwent Water in the Lake District

about me

Dinah walking in near Derwent Water in the Lake District

Dinah walking in near Derwent Water in the Lake District

Dinah walking in near Derwent Water in the Lake District

Dinah walking in near Derwent Water in the Lake District

Dinah walking in near Derwent Water in the Lake District

Dinah walking in near Derwent Water in the Lake District

Dinah walking near Derwent Water in the Lake District

Dinah walking in near Derwent Water in the Lake District

Dinah walking near Derwent Water in the Lake District