I decided I wanted to be a psychologist when I was 15.
Shortly after realising that my inability to tolerate blood without fainting meant that I wasn’t going to get far as a Doctor.
But life took a more unexpected route and while I studied Psychology at University I only completed my therapeutic training in my 30s.
My deliberate choice to return to psychology was rooted in a desire to make available to others the psychological insights that I wished I had discovered earlier on in my personal and professional life. This desire to support and empower people on their personal journey of discovery and growth underlies my work today.
The integrative approach I use with clients is rooted in my clinical expertise and my ongoing psychological research. The former includes training in a variety of psychological and therapeutic models including psychodynamic, person-centred and cognitive behavioural therapy approaches. These models offer a variety of ways of understanding, and of working to enhance, individual psychological health. My research then places the “self” within the “system” to explore the additional impact of relational systems on the well-being of individuals, groups and organisations.
The therapeutic and coaching services I offer to clients are informed by my extensive experience. I have worked within the NHS, not-for-profit charities, private sector and workplace settings including the Church of England. My original doctoral research investigated the impact of coaching on the psychological health of Church of England clergy. Most recently, I established and ran the UK’s first onsite therapeutic service for prison officers. A tentative venture with HM Prison Service which is now an integral and highly valued element of the prison’s life.
My coaching work and workshops benefit from my ongoing research and teaching. As well as regularly speaking at conferences I am also a visiting research fellow and lecturer at London South Bank School of Business where I apply my research to the organisational context. I have a particular interest in enhancing the well-being of virtual teams. As an associate with the Susanna Wesley Foundation I am currently researching the psychological foundations relevant for enhancing continuing professional development resources for Methodist clergy.
Over time the focus in my work has coalesced around the transformational opportunity offered through maturing one’s level of differentiation. Depending on the type of work I am doing with clients this concept may be explored more or less explicitly. Aware that the idea of differentiation is not widely known in the UK I write about this therapeutic approach to make it more accessible. My blog ‘The Differentiated Life’ aims to offer bite-sized nuggets of insights unpacking this multifaceted construct to inform your life and work.
CPsychol Counselling Psychology, Roehampton University
MA (Oxon) Experimental Psychology, Oxford University
BA (Hons) Experimental Psychology, Oxford University
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