Specialising in Counselling, Psychotherapy, CBT, EMDR, Cognitive Hypnotherapy
& NLP Peak Performance Coaching, Enhancing Life, Business and Sport...
This photograph was taken in Cornwall towards the end of the summer in 1998. This
signifies the end of one chapter in my life that had been focused on the body and
the beginning of a period of intense study and exploration of the mind that continues
to this day. This is my journey into the world of Psychological Science, Philosophy,
Counselling and the Psychotherapies - a fascinating journey of self discovery and
It seems that as human beings we all search for meaning and a way of making sense
of the world we inhabit - as such we all engage in psychology and philosophy to some
Leaving my home in Cornwall to begin my studies I had no idea where my chosen path
would lead me. All that I knew was that I could no longer ignore those aspects of
my life that I was most drawn towards and that fascinate me the most. This is a thread
that flows through my life like a river, and has remained a constant. The choice
to take the road less travelled was not taken without often stumbling as if blind
to my circumstances and then feeling my way again. My journey has not been without
great cost, personal loss and sacrifice, and yet as Nietzsche said: “What does not
kill you, makes you stronger”. I feel deeply privileged to be able to walk this path.
However, for the most part, I feel that I have been in touch with something that
has guided my interactions with others and with the world. A way of being in the
moment, a way of being present with those around me, and to my lived creative experience.
My journey through life has given me a deep appreciation for the learning that I
have received along the way.
Throughout my life I have been drawn to the study of Eastern Philosophy and the practice
of Martial Arts - with over 25 years experience of training in various traditions
including: Karate, Aikido and Tai Chi / Chi Gong. I have also studied Shiatsu (acupressure)
and Meditation. It was during my studies of these arts, some 20 years ago, that I
became fascinated by the subtle levels of communication that happen almost imperceptibly
between people within human relationships. Mysteries that have lead me on a personal
life quest into the world of science, therapy and beyond.
I have always been interested in human creativity and have moved through consecutive
careers involving Architecture, Civil Engineering and Design. I have experience of
managing projects, and of developing wide ranging interpersonal relationships with
clientele and people from diverse cultures. I have 10 years experience of running
my own business as a qualified Carpenter and Joiner - designing and fabricating bespoke
furniture and architectural features. The transition through these fields of work
was accompanied by my involvement with music and with sporting interests in Golf.
My number one passion however, is surfing, so if I win the lottery this week, you
will probably find me at a beach. It is through these adaptive and creative experiences
that my deep interest in the human condition began to flourish, and I have continued
to explore the ways we come to understand ourselves, one another, our social environments
and the world we each inhabit ever since.
My four years at Keele University in Staffordshire were spent studying Psychology
and Philosophy. In addition I also studied: Neuroscience, Statistics, Environmental
Management, Astronomy, Educational Studies and International Relations. My studies
have provided me with a broad foundation of knowledge, which continues to support
and inform my work and my special interests in my ongoing personal and professional
During my time at Keele University I was awarded a summer research bursary from the
Nuffield Foundation to assist the Psychology Department’s investigation into the
Neuropsychological effects of football heading - in particular the possible effects
on memory and attention. I also gained valuable experience of working for a Brain
Injury Service in Cornwall providing psychological therapy to a client with hypoxic
brain injury. My personal research interests while at Keele University focused on
Sports Psychology and the enhancement of sports performance. In particular the development
of experiential practices and strategies, including the psychological skills involved
in Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR), as well as the enhancement of Visualisation
and Kinaesthetic awareness. These skills were transferred and used in my voluntary
activities with the Cancer Clinic at The North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary (NSRI)
- where I helped to provide relaxation and self-hypnosis classes to patients and
My Sports Psychology research focused on helping Karate students at Keele University
enhance their awareness and performance of their chosen Kata (a detailed choreographed
patterns of movements). My final year psychology dissertation was awarded the British
Psychological Society (BPS) - Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology -H.T.A.
Whiting Undergraduate Dissertation Prize in 2003.
While at Keele University I took on the role of student representative for the Psychology
and Philosophy departments. This provided the opportunity of developing skills in
negotiation and mediation - working with interpersonal relationships between students,
staff and departments. During my time at Keele University I revived Psychological
Society, which had been dormant for many years. I served as President for one year
in order to develop the role and build relationships between the student years. It
is good to see the Psychology Society at Keele is still active today - you can find
them on Facebook. During my time at Keele University I began developing my counselling
skills by completing an introductory course in counselling skills at Staffordshire
University. I also trained as a member of Nightline at Keele University - a confidential
telephone counselling service that provides support, guidance and information to
students, as well as to members of the general public. My sports activities also
widened at Keele to include the sport of Fencing - achieving a Club Leader Qualification
in 2000, as well as Fencing briefly for the Keele University team in London.
Moving to London in 2002 I began Post Graduate studies at the School of Psychotherapy
and Counselling Psychology (SPCP), Regent’s college, which is set in scenic grounds
of Regent’s Park. The Existential and Phenomenological work at Regent’s College was
recognised internationally which made this the logical choice to combine my study
of Psychology and Philosophy. It is there that I completed an MA in Counselling Psychology
and a Post-MA Diploma in Existential Counselling Psychology. I also developed my
research interests by exploring Counselling Psychologist’s experience of ‘presence’
and of ‘being present’ with clients during therapeutic encounters. This built on
my previous experientially based action research at Keele University into deep relaxation
and visualisation, with what I saw as obvious applications within counselling and
therapy. I intend publishing my research as soon as I find the time to finish my
writing. In 2007 I completed an Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy (ADEP).
This provided the opportunity to focus on working more deeply with dreams, spirituality
and the importance of language within the practice of counselling and psychotherapy.
Since then I have also studied Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement
Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). I am currently developing and further extending
my skills by integrating Cognitive Hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP),
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Quantum Field Healing (QFH). All of which integrate
deep relaxation and visualisation to bring about healing and positive life affirming
I have provided counselling and psychotherapy within many different environments,
including private therapeutic communities, within NHS hospital settings, working
at St. Thomas’ Hospital Psychotherapy Department, as well as for the Psychological
Therapies Service (PTS) in London. I have gained considerable experience in assessing
clients therapeutic needs and can refer clients where specialised service are required.
With the development of the coaching side of my practice, I have worked with people
from many different companies and professions seeking to improve their working relationships
and personal skills. I have also worked with people, both amateur and professional,
striving to enhance their sports performance. I feel very privileged to have worked
and trained with so many wonderful people over the years, and I look forward to meeting
and working with many more in the future. The service I providing is completely confidential,
and I aim to provide a comfortable space where you can relax and begin exploring
what it is you need from your therapy or coaching sessions. Whether for the individual,
couple, group or family, within the workplace, organisation, or within sport and
leisure activities. Psychological therapy and peak performance coaching has an important,
if not a crucial role to play, enabling the removal of blocks from you life, so that
you can achieve your goals and realise your true potential.
The last year has been an exciting time of change. I have gained a new practice location,
The Summit- Highgate, London, N6 6LS, where I am based on Monday’s. I have also
been working closely with The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), where I am
currently developing a cutting edge service to reduce stress, build confidence, and
boost student performance. This will provide the opportunity to continue my research
and development of my individual approach to counselling, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy
and NLP inspired performance coaching. If you are interested in exploring therapy
or coaching with me, why not drop me an e-mail to introduce yourself. I look forward
to meeting you.
For information about therapy sessions and my fees see FAQ.
My services are available during the daytime and in the evenings. Please do not hesitate
to contact me if you require any further information about the psychological therapy
and coaching services that I provide, or would like to arrange a private meeting
to discuss your therapy or coaching needs. You are welcome to contact me either by
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