I started my working life as a clerical officer in the Bank of England, later working in the museum there, and in the training department.
I attained my BSc Psychology degree by evening classes as a mature student at the University of East London, and I undertook my postgraduate training at City University London.
I started practising as a psychologist in 1996, working in the NHS, including GP surgeries, community mental health teams and hospitals in Essex and East London. My private practices are based in Essex.
Alongside my counselling work, I have an academic career, which has included terms as Director of Postgraduate Counselling Psychology Programmes, and Head of Psychology Department at City University London.
My research interests include trauma and sexual abuse, death and mortality and the use of comedy in mental health.
I supervise and examine doctorate research students at a range of universities and institutions, including City University London, University of Surrey, Regents University London, The Professional Development Foundation and The New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling. .
Selected Qualifications and Accreditations
- Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (BSc Hons)
- Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology (MSc)
- Post-Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology (Post-MSc)
- Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DPsych)
- Chartered Counselling Psychologist (CPsychol)
- Affiliate Member of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
- Registered Psychologist, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS)
- Chartered Scientist (CSci)