As an integrative therapist, I enjoy supporting and empowering young people and adults to find their own unique pathways to wellbeing. Drawing on creative, experiential and somatic modes of working, as well as talking, I am able to offer my clients a range of different tools to engage them in delving deeper into their minds and emotions. Previous clients have found my approach to be professional, non-judgemental, compassionate, and inspiring.
I am registered with the British Association for Psychotherapists and Counsellors (MBACP) and with the International Association for Voice Movement Therapy (IAVMT), and adhere to their ethical guidelines.
Making art out of our difficulties is transformative and empowering.
I undertook my training in Integrative Arts Child and Adolescent Counselling at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education in London. I have been working with young people and families since 2008 in private practice and in specialist therapeutic roles for Norfolk Children's Services and at the Break charity, after working as a teacher for several years in primary and secondary schools and adult education.
If you can learn to be mindful in times of difficulty and respond to yourself with compassion, change happens.
I am also a teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion and have delivered courses for young carers, care leavers and writers, among others. I integrate Mindful Self-Compassion into my individual counselling sessions with clients because of its very practical resources and simple psychological framework. This resilience-building programme has been essential to my own self-care and personal development. I have a regular spiritual practice based in Buddhism, whose teachings and meditations enrich both my personal and professional life.
Ecotherapy helps people to connect with the natural world, and through this reciprocal connection to experience a greater sense of wholeness and well-being.
I have always loved spending time in nature and find my imagination is often drawn to the natural world and its wisdom. This has also been the source of most of my creative work as a musician and singer-songwriter. This inspiration, together with a calling to become a more active advocate for the more-than-human world, led me to train in ecotherapy in 2021.
My partner and I have been co-facilitating Mindfulness and Nature retreats in East Anglia since 2019, designed to cultivate a deeper intimacy with the natural world and one's own nature. We also enjoy regenerating our field in Suffolk, planting trees and wildflowers, with the help of local volunteers. We look forward to welcoming people to our field for future workshops in ecotherapy and mindfulness.
Vocal expression, accompanied by an attentive, non-judgemental and kind attitude supports and encourages people to not only explore but also transform their inhibitions.
Since childhood I have enjoyed singing and been fascinated by the power and vulnerability of the human voice. This led me to train in Voice Movement Therapy (VMT) in 2010. Since then I have been offering individual and group voice sessions and retreats in the UK, Czech Republic, Slovakia and France, while also teaching drama and dance movement therapy students at the University of East Anglia and Derby University. I have been privileged to guide many people in exploring different aspects of their voice - acoustic, creative, inner and metaphorical, along with its healing potential. VMT has helped my clients, both singers and non-singers, to develop an open, flexible, expressive and embodied voice. As a singer-songwriter, poet and a musician, I have performed in the world music band Zaramo alongside other solo projects. I was also featured as a singer in the award-winning short film Malka (read more below).
Training & Qualifications:
2021: Foundations of Well-Being 1 year programme with Rick Hanson
2021: Certificate in Ecotherapy, EarthBody Institute
2019-2020: Mindful Self-Compassion teacher training, UK
2019: 1-year Foundation course in Buddhist studies, UK
2014: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course
2014: Mental Health First Aid training, Mind
2010-2013: Diploma in Integrative Arts Child and Adolescent Counselling at IATE, UK
2008-2010: Postgraduate Foundation Certificate in Voice Movement Therapy, Norma Canner Foundation, USA
Sebastiana sings in Malka, a short film dedicated to refugee children everywhere, which tells the story of a young refugee, Malka, and her mother as they journey through wilderness and hardship in search of safety. The film features haunting acoustic music and lyrics by Stefan Freedman, accompanied by atmospheric mixed media illustrations by Lois Cordelia. Malka has been shown in numerous film festival such as in Greece, US, India and UK. Malka won 'Best Music' award at Kulcata Shorts (India) international festival in 2017.
“Zaramo provide an unforgettable experience of global folk music. When they performed their eclectic mix of melodic and catchy tunes for a Ceilidh I helped to organise, I was so glad we'd booked them. Each musician has their own special character but as a band they are harmonious and get the best out of each other. The songs transport you across continents and you'll wish the music never stops. Highly recommended.”
Joel, manager of Norwich FarmShare
Sebastiana sings in the band Zaramo, a Norfolk based world music and ceilidh band, with a repertoire of Balkan, French, European and other international songs. Zaramo is available for weddings, parties, festivals, etc., and will guarantee you a fun and eclectic concert or ceilidh for your special occasion.
You can purchase a couple of tracks from our EP 'Playing With Fire' here: https://zaramo.bandcamp.com/.
If you would like to purchase the full CD get in touch directly and I will post it to you.