After leaving school and home at 15, I had to quickly come to grips with being an abused child who did not have much awareness about self or life.
I worked in a psychiatric hospital in east London, working with people who had been committed 30 to 40 years ago for very little and who were now being discharged, sometimes unwillingly, back into the community. This experience led me to return to education, and after graduating in Psychology I worked in child welfare for a local authority.
After some years I realised that I wanted to work independently and pursued a successful career in business. During this time I married, had one son, divorced, entered therapy and in 1999 obtained a Diploma in Gestalt Therapy. I worked as a counsellor in a GP’s practice and then in private practice. I began following the teachings of the Buddha and have recently completed a three month silent retreat. I have since worked for the mental health charities Rethink and Mind and at THe University of West of England facilitating the Personal Development group on the counselling diploma course. I work in private practice in Exeter and Bath.
I have continued my professional development by undertaking various courses and training. I recently undertook a certificate in Group Facilitation at the Gestalt Center in London and laterally a Couples Counselling Certificate course which is on going. I also regularly attend a peer therapy group with Peter Philippson and also an encounter group. My development both professionally and personally remains very important to me.
I am a member of BACP.