Aged 16, I climbed out of an industrial steel-town background into art school. After eight years graduate and post graduate study in the creative arts I became a broadcast film-maker for the BBC and elsewhere, making around forty films.
One day, after around twenty years of this, I realised that the emotional education we were filming was more interesting than the film-making. Five years of onerous re-education later I had become a facilitator of personal and professional development in the humanistic psychology, human potential movement tradition. Parallel with this I began working one to one with people saw me as a helpful resource. Over the last 24 years this has grown into an independent psycho-practice that is unattached to healthcare institutions, leaving me free to join the people I work with in enquiries that suit their purse and their life situation.
The worldly experience of travelling the world to make films and my unconventional entry into the field of psychopractice have tended position me as something of a maverick. To the considerable gain I believe for the people I work with; I have been free to follow cross disciplinary and out of the box interests.
Along with other practitioners, I was a founder in 1995 of the Independent Practitioners Network [IPN]. IPN is an organization that provides an ethically sound form of peer scrutiny for my work. I am a participant in a full-member IPN group that has been meeting for over 15 years.
Do I have specialities? Being, as I see it, a 'post-professional' practitioner, has meant that I have necessarily become sharply aware of the extent to which power and how it is held and given away defines much of how we move in the world. This has reinforced the importance of love as a benchmark for relationships in general and psycho-practice in particular. Alongside this creativity always is close to my heart.