I am registered with NCIP (National Council of Integrative Psychotherapy) and with KYTA (Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association)
I am a Quaker and clerk of my local meeting.
I have lived in many countries. I was born in England and moved to Ireland in my teens.
After completing a degree in Social Work in Dublin, I set off to Africa and lived for a year as a volunteer on a remote mountain, working as a high school teacher. This was one of years of my life when I felt most free (in spite of my worst phobia, that of rats taking up residence in my bedroom).
I lived in Zimbabwe for many years, arriving in 1981 when the country was newly independent. After raising a family there and setting up a plant nursery, I trained and worked in Harare as a Family Therapist with ZIST (Zimbabwe Institute for Systemic Therapy). At this time I set up a private practice. I completed my Masters in Narrative Pastoral Therapy with ITD (Institute for Therapeutic Development in collaboration with the University of South Africa),
In 2003 I moved to South Africa where I worked with ITD training students on their Masters programme while completing a doctorate in Pastoral Therapy. The thesis concerned a journey of grieving women, whose sons had died during their struggle for freedom in the 1980's . In order to heal they asked me to help find the perpetrators and the bodies of their dead sons. This was the journey we went on, finding mutual healing between victims and perpetrators. At this time I continued in private practice and also worked in the mines on an empowerment programme to help workers find a voice around HIV and AIDS.
In 2008 I returned to the UK. For a season I turned myself inward to the challenge, discipline and rigours of Kundalini Yoga. This influenced my understanding about how energy works with our bodies.
2016 found me joining the faculty of Webster University (Geneva) on a graduate counselling programme, teaching and supervising student therapists, which I still do part-time.
2022 I trained in Trauma Therapy with the NAOS institute in London,
My last formal training was in 2023 when I embarked on supervision training with the Minded Institute in collaboration with Palamaya Centre for Integration Psychotherapy.
My greatest training school however has been life and the wisdom people who have inspired and guided me on my journey towards who I am today.