Personal development, education and training
The person of the therapist, and not just the training, is important and building up a warm, reliable and trustworthy relationship is essential for therapeutic work.
I have been on a continuous process of development, both spiritual and psychological, throughout my adult life and this has involved having my own psychotherapy as an essential part of my training and development.
As regards professional training I have studied psychodynamic therapy, integrated psychotherapy and anthroposophic psychotherapy which taught me a great deal about complex mental health and psychosomatic problems. My UKCP registration involved integrating these different training influences.
In a more formal sense I have degrees from:
- The University of Cambridge (BA/MA)
- University of London (Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Goldsmiths’ College; Diploma in Adult Counselling, Birkbeck College)
- The University of Greenwich (PhD)
My training as a therapist has also included training with the following independent courses:
- Anthroposophic Psychotherapy, Ad and Henriette Dekkers, UK and the Netherlands
- Integrative Psychotherapy, Professor Petruska Clarkson, PHYSIS, London
- Post-qualifying Certificate in Time-Limited Therapy, Diploma in Supervision, The Westminster Pastoral Foundation, London
I have been in private practice since 1987 and have worked as a clinical supervisor since 1995. I have worked in community counselling agencies (Hampstead and Waterloo), a GP surgery (Brixton) and University Student Service departments (Middlesex, Greenwich). Over this period I have been in continuous supervision with supervisors from a number of persuasions – psychodynamic, gestalt, integrative and anthroposophic.
As well as being a therapist I also work part-time as Associate Professor and Clinical Lead in Psychotherapy and Counselling at the University of Leeds. I undertake research, engage in writing and scholarly activity, teach on a Masters in Psychotherapy and Counselling and supervise doctoral students.
My academic work has previously involved designing and running an MSc in Therapeutic Counselling at the University of Greenwich for 12 years, teaching on the MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling at the University of Leeds and lecturing on counselling and psychotherapy theories at Thames Valley University, the University of Greenwich and Westminster University. My teaching has mainly been orientated towards psychodynamic therapy, attachment theory and intersubjective theory but has also included a range of other persuasions, particularly humanistic therapy, and cognitive-behavioural therapy.
Between 2013 and 2016 I led a course in anthroposophic counselling in Japan and since between 2014 and 2016 I led course in anthroposophic psychotherapy at Emerson College in Sussex, where I was a Trustee for 5 years: www.emerson.org.uk/anthroposophic-psychotherapy
My work has included many lectures including a distinguished address at a graduation ceremony, presenting peer reviewed papers at BACP research conferences and a mixed methods research conference.
My international work has involved lecturing and working as a visiting scholar in Australia (Edith Cowan University), India (Sampurna Montfort College) and the Netherlands (Leiden University of Applied Sciences). I have presented peer reviewed papers at professional and academic conferences in Australia, the United States and Japan.