|7th August 2020|
MA Distinction 1998
Tavistock Clinic, University of East London
UKCP registered psychotherapist
I was born in the USA and moved with my parents to London in 1969. Having completed my degree (in the USA in the History of Art), I worked for many years in advertising and publishing. From this experience I learned a great deal about the nature of work and business which I find very interesting.
As a psychotherapist I am aware of the difficulties many have in juggling work, relationships,sex and family as we strive for a creative work-life balance. My own experience has also taught me a great deal about living in different cultures.
When I had my own children, I retrained as a Montessori teacher and ran a very international nursery school in West Hampstead, London for many years.
My interest in children led me to study at the Tavistock Clinic where I received an MA with distinction in 1998. The topic of the dissertation was "Born Inside" - a study of mothers and babies in prison.
Following my interest in psychotherapy I trained at the Philadelphia Association, founded by RD Laing. This training led to my UKCP registration.
I respect Laing's sensitivity to mental distress and his way of seeing emotional difficulty as a unique experience, and not as a medical problem.
I have worked in a Philadelphia Association therapeutic community and continue to work as a psychotherapist and supervisor in prisons, as well as in private practice. In 2011 I set up the Saturday Forensic Forum which is an opportunity for interested therapists to gather and share information about complex patients in difficult settings. This has brought together years of my psychotherapeutic work in prison.
Working privately or in prisons my approach to psychotherapy is to respect the individual's unique experience and to listen carefully to what is being said (and not being said) in a place of safety and confidentiality.
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