My background & qualifications

In the 1960's I studied medicine and then started working as a GP. In 1968-69 I travelled round the world and worked in Australia for a year. I then returned to London and worked as an inner city GP full or part-time until 2001. In 1990 I began psychotherapy training and started to work as a psychotherapist in 1998.

I have graduated from Spectrum, a training centre for Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy. Spectrum is a member of the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy). I am in an ongoing supervision group at this centre and this helps me in my work with my clients. All information discussed in this group is confidential.

I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, BACP.

In addition to my work in medicine and psychotherapy I have always been excited by and involved in creative/artistic activities. In the 1970's I studied Fine Art at St. Martin 's School of Art and Goldsmiths College, London. I graduated in 1979. Since 1980 I have had my own art studio and exhibited my work. I am fascinated by the overlap of ideas I have as an artist and as a therapist. These are reflected in the artwork that I produce.

Panels from my artwork Images of Passion were exhibited at Spectrum from 2003 to 2004. At that time I was involved in running a series of psychotherapy workshops which used these panels as a starting point for exploration and discussion of the process of creating our own journey. In individual sessions I may use other pieces to initiate e.g. a discussion on maintaining a balance of structure and spontaneity in our lives.

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