About me professionally.
I trained and learned my craft as a psychotherapist in the 1980’s in the Jungian tradition. A wonderful aspect of my profession is that theory and practice are constantly evolving, there is always more to learn. Over the past twelve years I have learned and benefited from intensive study in energy psychology, couples therapy, quantum field theory and Celtic Shamanism. I find that they have enriched my understanding of the primacy of listening over speaking, and I hope made me a more effective therapist. All these schools of theory and practice, including those of neuroscience, show understanding and maturing to arise from a process between client and therapist in which the client’s innate wisdom becomes real and alive. One of Carl Jung’s gifts to us was to understand suffering and illness as potentially meaningful, saying something that has not been heard, or cannot be said in any other way.
I co-founded with my friend and colleague Shirley Wheeley, the training in Jungian Analytical Psychotherapy at the West Midlands Institute for Psychotherapy in 1991. I have chaired the West Midlands Institute for Psychotherapy, the Confederation for Analytical Psychology, and the Training Standards and Membership Committee of the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis at the UKCP.