I run a busy psychology practice in Central London, lecture on the Doctoral Counselling Psychology program at London's City University and blog for The Huffington Post.
MA Psychology, PostMADip Counselling Psychology
I have worked in the field on Psychology for 20 years, achieving my Post graduate qualification in 2007.
As I grew up, I had a recurrent longing for a remote, wooden cabin. This cabin was cosy, there was a fire, candle light, a blanket and most importantly a wise and kind person sitting by the fire. And this person was going to talk with me and help me to navigate the difficult questions of life, without having any vested interest in the answers. Difficult questions like…Who am I? What am I going to do with my life? What to do with my feelings? Is what I’m feeling normal? Why are relationships complicated? Am I ok?
I guess this longing was in part because of the absence of this person in my own life, at that time. But I think, when strife hits we all long for this. Perhaps it’s a longing as ancient as time.
And so I became a psychologist, in part because of a long-standing interest in people, but also to be that person sitting in the cabin for anyone that needed a safe place to express themselves. My office isn’t a cabin, perhaps one day it really will be, but it is a place of refuge, where the tough stuff can be talked about without judgment and where new pathways forward can be forged.