With a background in circus skills, clowning and improvisation and after my own schooling led me to become interested in new approaches to education that focussed on play and the arts I trained as a Clinical Psychologist in Cardiff. During the 1990’s I produced a number of video films related to mental health and child development and then began to explore the applications of storytelling in education and therapy contexts with both children and adults. Many of my publications reflect this and I have written ‘Telling Tales-Storytelling as Emotional Literacy’ with Taffy Thomas and ‘Building Relationships through Storytelling’ for the Fostering Network. I am a Visiting Fellow with The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at the University of South Wales, an Ambassador for the Fathom Trust and a member of the Board of Trustees of Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival in Wales.
I am a BPS Chartered and HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist, a BABCP Accredited CBT practitioner, honorary tutor with the School of Psychology at Cardiff University and experienced trainer with a wide range of groups. I have been a Consultant Clinical Psychologist for the NHS and Clinical Lead for Barnardo’s Child and Family Bereavement Service in Wales. I currently work in children and adult contexts, including The Resiience Project, a NHS project working into schools in South Wales.
As a Storyteller I have performed and run workshops in many different places including national and international storytelling festivals including The International Storytelling Festival, Singapore. I am a featured storyteller with Beyond Storytime and was storyteller-in-residence for Storytelling for Health International Conference, Swansea, 2017. I also host a monthly storytelling club, Kemi’s Storytelling Suppers, in Cardiff.