I have a wide ranging experience in private practice and mental health organisations in London and Cornwall. I work with individuals and couples, with a range of difficulties from relationship problems, bereavement, a loss of meaning or purpose in life, anger and aggression issues, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and self-harm, to psychosis and ‘bipolar’ or ‘personality disorders’.
Alongside my private practice I am a therapist with the Site South West Psychoanalytical Clinic, which provides longer term therapy for people on very low incomes. I trained with the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in London and Cornwall, and am UKCP registered. I am an active member of the Site council and teach on the Introductory Course in Truro. I abide by the code of ethics of the Site and the UKCP.
Before coming to Cornwall I practiced in London as a counsellor at Islington Mind for people with often severe difficulties, from self-harm and eating disorders to psychosis and schizophrenia. I was also a practitioner at the Hackney Psychotherapy Clinic and provided supportive supervision at the Studio Upstairs in Dalston, where for 25 years they have been offering artistic resources and therapeutic support to people experiencing mental and emotional distress and to those in drug and alcohol recovery.
Before beginning training as a psychoanalyst I worked in the arts and in education. I studied fine art at Goldsmiths College in London and maintain a practice as a visual artist and creative writer. My involvement in art has given me a deep interest in creativity, in all its forms, and the many ways we can lock ourselves out of it.