I was born and received my primary education in South Africa, emigrating to the UK in 1986 at the age of 15. I also worked abroad for a number of years in Italy before settling down in London to pursue a career as a teacher and University Lecturer before retraining to become a psychotherapist.
These experiences and others have been useful in giving me an understanding of some of the issues faced by minority clients when living and working abroad. 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 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 are all important for me. What gives your life meaning and purpose above and beyond those areas of existence you struggle with?
Postgraduate Certificate in Attachment-based Therapy – 2016
IFS Foundational Training – 2015
Schema Therapy Training and ISST Accreditation – 2013/2014
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – 2012
Professional Certificate in MBCT/MBSR for groups & individuals – 2010
General Practice Counsellor (5 years) – 2008/2013
MA in Integrative Psychotherapy – 2008
Bereavement Training (CCIWB) & 3 years experience – 2007
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB) – 2005
Samaritans Volunteer training & 10 years experience – 1995
BA/MA 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.