I was educated at Cambridge University (Newnham College and Homerton College), where I read History and Educational Studies. After graduation, I taught for many years in a variety of schools, across a range of ages and abilities.
I later trained as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in London. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy training is a 4-5 year training at post-graduate level involving infant observation, theoretical seminars and clinical work under supervision.
I have worked in the NHS, for charitable organisations, such as MIND and in private practice. I am a Full Member of the Forum of Independent Psychotherapists (FiP). The FiP is an accrediting member organisation of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. All full members of FiP are eligible to be registered with the UKCP. The Forum for Independent Psychotherapists is a member organisation of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. FiP is an accrediting organisation of the Council for Psychoanalysis & Jungian Analysis (CPJA) section of the UKCP. As a Full Member of the FiP, I subscribe to their Code of Practice and their Code of Ethics. The FiP website can be found here: FiP
LUpus Patients Understanding & Support (LUPUS) is a non-profit organisation for individuals-affected-by-systemic lupus erythematosus, lupus variant conditions and Hughes' (antiphospholipid antibody) Syndrome. Originally, the website at http://www.lupus-support.org.uk was developed to support the work of Dr Graham RV Hughes, who was Head of the Lupus Unit at St Thomas' Hospital, London. LUpus Patients Understanding & Support (LUPUS) developed in 2000, in order to provide free information and free online psychological support. We are unique in being able to offer psychological support with a qualified and trained psychotherapist and counsellor. If you wish to talk to me about online psychological support and/or private psychotherapy, please contact me via the Private Message (PM) system. We also offer all health care professionals, whether doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, counsellors and psychotherapists information and support in their work with people with SLE.