About Me

I have been in practice for 32 years, and work with both individuals and couples in Aylsham, Norfolk. As one of the UK’s leading – and longest-serving – psychotherapists I am co-author of the popular self-help book I Just Want To Be Happy.

As well as my other qualifications, in 1990 I was the first person to gain a British degree in hypnotherapy which led the way towards its wider acceptance as a positive tool for change.

My way of working is technically known as integrative. This means I have trained in several approaches (rather than just one), so I will tend to use whichever approach seems most useful for you.

My approach has developed from my years of training, my later work as a senior tutor on counselling and therapy courses, my extensive work with counselling organisations and, most of all, my work with hundreds of clients since 1985. It has also been shaped by my life experiences and my own personal journey as a client in therapy.

Prior to 1985 I worked for 15 years in the editorial department of a national newspaper. Then one day I decided to move on and threw myself into the equally fascinating world of psychology. I draw on all those experiences and a host of others in my regular blogs. Do feel free to post comments on them.

My other credentials:

  • For four years I was a policy advisor to the 43,000-member British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, helping to shape the direction of counselling in Britain.
  • I am an Accredited Member of that organisation and abide by their Code of Ethics.
  • I served for two years on the Governing Council of the National Register of Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists.
  • For six years I was a senior tutor on degree-level counselling courses at Bexley College in Kent.
  • I have been a tutor for the Central School of Counselling and Therapy, the London School of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and specialist lecturer in psychodynamic counselling at the University of East London.