I was born and grew up in London and love living in this diverse and complex city although I have also lived abroad. I studied philosophy and history at university, focusing on French and African history. I then completed a postgraduate training in film production before moving to live in Greece in my late twenties. I spent five years in Greece then eight years in America writing, doing further training and working. I returned to live in the UK in 2006. Before becoming a psychotherapist I worked in film in Los Angeles. A continuing theme in all my activities has been an interest in creativity. I have been on the creative path myself in one way or another for more than thirty years. My creative involvements now revolve around psychotherapy, writing fiction and visual art.
I have a Masters in Counselling Psychology with Expressive Arts Therapy - over 2000 hours of clinical training and professional development. I am British but trained in the United States at the California Institute of Integral Studies, one of the few institutes in the world that offers a counselling psychology training that includes expressive arts. CIIS is an accredited institute and its psychology training programmes fulfil the rigorous academic requirements of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and state licensing laws for psychotherapy. California has one of the most exacting state licences for psychotherapy in the United States. I completed my clinical practicum at Berkeley Creative Living Center, a drop-in day care centre for the chronically mentally ill in Berkeley, California. Since 2007 I have continued my training, supervision and personal work at Spectrum in north London where I am a practitioner.
I am accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am on the BACP Register. I am in continuing professional development and supervision at Spectrum, a United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) member organisation. I am also a professional member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA). I am bound by the codes of ethics of BACP and Spectrum.