Professional Background


I trained in Therapeutic Counselling in Dartington, Devon and qualified with CAPAB in 2000. Since then, I have established a thriving private practice in central Exeter.

Integral to my training was self-enquiry, including in-depth personal therapy. My work is informed by continuing professional study and practice and by my own therapeutic process. I am committed to on-going personal exploration, for my own sake and essentially for my clients’.

Further training and workshops include:

2003: Somatic Trauma Therapy training with Babette Rothschild (author of The Body Remembers, Norton, 2000 and Help for the Helper, Norton, 2003).

2004: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

2006: Sex Matters

2006 – 07: Focusing (levels 1 & 2)

2008: Working with Couples with Juliet Grayson.

2010: Working with Compulsive Gamblers training with Gamcare

2011: Personality Disorders

2011: The Boarding School Experience training with Nick Duffell, Helena Lovendal and Joy Shaverien (author of Boarding School Syndrome, The psychological trauma of the ‘privileged’ child, Routledge, 2015).

2014-15: Boarding School Workshop Facilitation with Nick Duffell (author of The Making of Them, Lone Arrow Press, 2000, Wounded Leaders, Lone Arrow Press, 2015, and co-author with Thurstine Bassett of Trauma, Abandonment & Privilege, Routledge, 2016).

2017-18: Experience gained in Group Therapy

2018: Shakti Dance experience

I also work with ex-servicemen and women who have asked for support through the organisation The Long Boat Home


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In 2011, I published Does Therapy Work?, based on my own story as client in therapy. This is available from or from Amazon.


Troutbeck Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0-9567857-0-1



In addition, I have written a number of articles drawn from my personal experiences. These are listed under ‘Publications.’

From 2012-18, I was a director of Boarding Concern, which then disbanded and reformed into BoardingSchoolSurivors-Support, an organisation that understands the trauma of disrupted attachment inherent to this peculiarly British form of child-rearing, and recognises the impact of surviving institutional living on intimate relationships in adulthood. BoardingSchoolSurvivors-Support offers support and information to current and former boarders and to parents

Since 2013 I have facilitated regular 1- and 2-day workshops to raise awareness amongst therapists of the Boarding School Experience.