I am a BACP Registered counselor with a diploma in Gestalt counselling and an MSc in executive coaching. I have significant training in mindfulness, self-acceptance, self-compassion, mind / body / emotion connection and Buddhist philosophy. I have worked in different mental health settings including a hospital, a GP practice and various counselling organisations.
Before becoming a coach and counselor I spent 20 years managing humanitarian projects with people of different cultures in 13 disadvantaged countries. I have worked to chief executive and board level. My original training is in civil engineering (BSc) and tropical public health (MSc).
In addition to my life experience and my training as a coach and counselor, I have spent (and continue to spend) many years working through my own issues. I am passionate about understanding what it is to be human and how we can live life to the full. I am committed to my own personal and professional development and continue training at the Pacific Gestalt Institute in Los Angeles and the International Gestalt Institute, Turin. I have fortnightly supervision and weekly therapy. I regularly attend workshops, conferences and retreats. I meditate daily. This all allows me to keep up to date and to offer a reflective, ethical practice. For fun I make jewelery, art, music, dance, mountain bike and walk.