I was born and received my primary education in South Africa, emigrating to the UK in 1986 at the age of 15. After University, I worked in Italy for a number of years whilst also attempting to write a number of novels that never got published 🙂
I then settled down in London to pursue a career as a teacher, before retraining to become a psychotherapist in my early 30s.
These experiences and others have been useful in giving me an understanding of some of the issues we face when we experience some kind of radical displacement in our lives, be it geographical, emotional, or circumstantial. Life can be really hard at times, and I think it’s useful to have a therapist on your side who gets that from his own lived experience. I believe it’s also very important to be sensitive and open to questions of diversity and “feelings of otherness” whether stemming from age, ethnicity, gender, race, socio-economic status or sexual orientation.
I am also very interested in how we use creative as well as other contemplative practices to find flow, meaning and solace in our lives. Painting and drawing, music-making, podcasting, meditation, walking, writing, learning poems by heart, hiking and gardening, as well as throwing balls for my dog Max are all important “practices” for me contributing a great deal to my well-being and mental health. What’s your “thread”?
Various professional bodies monitor and appraise my work. I am an Accredited Member of both the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, as well The International Society of Schema Therapy. I am also a member of The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and The Center for Self Leadership (IFS).
TRAINING, QUALIFICATIONS & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Skills Intensive, Parts 1 & 2 – 2018
EMDR: Principles, Procedures & Protocols – 2017
IFS Foundational Training – 2016
Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (PGCert) – 2015
Schema Therapy Training and ISST Accreditation – 2013 to 2014
Bibliotherapy Training (The Reader Organisation) & 2 years volunteering -2012
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – 2011
Professional Certificate in teaching MBCT/MBSR for groups & individuals – 2010
NHS General Practice Counsellor (5 years) – 2008 to 2013
MA in Integrative Psychotherapy – 2008
Addictions counselling training & 3 years volunteering experience – 2007
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB) – 2005
Samaritans Volunteer training & 10 years experience – 1995
BA in English Literature – 1991
Please feel free to get in touch either by email or telephone (07804197605) if you would like to find out anything else about me or the kind of therapy I offer.