Like most therapists I didn't always do this. It was a windy road with some deep ditches. I was a sub-editor on newspapers in Dublin and London in my 20s. I became a father at 25 but after the relationship ended my child was taken to live a long way away. I followed, taking a job I didn't enjoy in PR. Soon the wheels fell off and I had a breakdown.
The help I received inspired me to volunteer as a listener at the Samaritans, the international suicide helpline, and I qualified as a psychotherapist with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) in 2018.
My therapy practice is integrative, which means that I offer approaches that feel right for each client. I'm grounded by person centred principles and my personal philosophy, although it is evolving, is probably best described as existential and transpersonal. I've been interested in history and philosophy all my life, and I studied anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
As a lifelong surfer and hiker I'm an advocate for healing in nature, especially through exercise. I also practice vipassana meditation, which is the ancient root of modern mindfulness techniques.
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