I am passionate about my work as a therapist, personal development, education and training. I have been on a continuous process of personal 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.
I have trained in psychodynamic therapy, integrative psychotherapy and anthroposophic psychotherapy a holistic body, soul and spirit approach to therapy. My UKCP registration and BACP accreditation are based on an integration of these different approaches.
I have worked in private practice since 1987 and as a clinical supervisor since 1995. My clinical work has included working in community counselling, GP surgeries and University Counselling departments. Over this period I have been in continuous supervision with a variety of supervisors (psychodynamic, gestalt, integrative, anthroposophic).
I have worked as an academic in the field of psychotherapy and counselling, am leader of the training course in anthroposophic therapy in the UK and President of the International Federation of Anthroposophic Psychotherapy Associations which brings me into contact with anthroposophic psychotherapists in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, North America and South America. My academic work has involved being Associate Professor of Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Leeds, teaching on Masters’ courses in counselling and psychotherapy, supervising seven doctoral students to completion and designing and leading an MSc course in the field. It has involved professional writing and speaking at conferences both nationally and internationally in Australia, Japan, the United States, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
I have written 65 articles, 32 of which have been published in academic/professional peer reviewed journals, most of which can be accessed from the internet. I have also edited a Routledge book series, edited or co-edited four books and was the founder editor of a Routledge journal in the field.
In recent years I have had two primary research interests
◆ investigating the links between anthroposophic psychotherapy and other approaches to therapy using case study methodology,
◆ utilizing creative transformational research methodologies to enable students (at Masters’ or doctoral level) to transform themselves, overcome their blind spots and limitations and (in the case of therapists) become more effective practitioners.