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Biography

I was born and grew up in England. After completing a degree in Cell and Molecular Biology I went to work at BBC Television in England where I produced and directed documentaries about science and later came to specialize in programs about psychotherapy.

I became very drawn to becoming a therapist myself and have now been a practicing psychotherapist for 17 years.

I began by training in England at the CCPE, which runs a four-year accredited training in Transpersonal Psychotherapy from the transpersonal Sufi perspective where I also took part in spiritual retreats. I also learned Process Work, a therapeutic approach devised by Arnie Mindell, as well as sandtray therapy.

I later started a psychotherapy center, The Grove, with a partner. Several therapists worked at our center and we ran supervision groups for the practitioners there.

As well as continuing my private practice, I worked part-time in the cancer wing of a leading London hospital where I worked with clients and their families.

It was in England that I first came across a therapeutic technique called Focusing, and this approach has become a key part of my practice, along with Relational Self Psychology.

In 2000 I moved to New York City and went back to school to take a Masters in Social Work in order to get licensed to practice in the USA. Since completing my MSW with Honors at Hunter College Graduate School I have completed a post-graduate training in couples and family therapy, EMDR, and several advanced trainings in Focusing. In addition, I completed a psychoanalytic training in Relational Self Psychology.

Formerly the Clinical Director of an acclaimed NYS Social Work agency, CHDFS, that specializes in family therapy, I am currently their Clinical Consultant. I have achieved LCSW status and continue to run my private practice where I see individuals, couples, and families.

As well as teaching and supervising family therapists at CHDFS, I am also a member of faculty for The Focusing Oriented Relationally Psychotherapy program (www.focusingorientedrelationalpsychotherapy.com) in New York City, where I supervise and teach both here and abroad.

I also run the 2 year training program for the international organization, The Focusing Institute (www.focusing.org), where I teach, train, and supervise both psychotherapists, and non-psychotherapists to become certified Focusing Oriented Therapists, or Focusing Teachers and Trainers.



Credentials

Diploma in Counseling and Psychotherapy with resultant full accreditation to practice in the U.K.

Masters In Social Work (MSW) Hunter College, Majoring in both Case and Group Work, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Trained as an EMDR practitioner for work in trauma.

Many years of extensive and advanced trainings as a Focusing Teacher, Trainer, and Focusing Orientated Psychotherapist both in the U.K. and USA.

Post-graduate training as a couples and family therapist.

Post-graduate psychoanalytic training in analytic Relational Self Psychology.

Post-graduate training in psychoanalytic group psychotherapy.

Over 17 years experience, teaching, counseling, supervising and writing.

Lecturer in Social Work, Columbia University, NY.

Former Clinical Director, and current Clinical Supervisor, of CHDFS (Center for Human Development and Family Services).

Leading the 2 year training for The Focusing Institute teaching and training both psychotherapists and non-therpaists in how to use and teach Focusing to become either internationally accredited Focusing Oriented Psychotherapists, or Focusing Teachers and Trainers.

Member of faculty for The Focusing Oriented Relational Psychotherapy program in NYC, headed by Lynn Preston.

Private Practice for adults, children, couples, families, and groups.