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’.
I am the current Chair of the Society for Social and Critical Psychoanalysis, as well as teaching on both their psychoanalytic training and their introductory course in clinical psychoanalysis (SSCP offers the only UKCP registered psychoanalytic training in the county). I also help to run the SSCP Psychoanalytic Clinic which for over 10 years has provided long-term psychotherapy for people on very low incomes in Cornwall.
I am UKCP registered and I abide by the code of ethics of the SSCP 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 30 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 an engaged practice as a visual artist. 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.