I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed.” – Mary Oliver

I am interested in research with an underlying value of social inclusion, equality and the reduction of stigma and informed by systemic and narrative therapeutic approaches. I have developed a programme of research within the field of parental mental health and family meaning-making and communication. I also have involvement in research that addresses discrimination and marginalization within training contexts, the wider profession of clinical psychology and within society.


2014 Doctorate in Systemic Psychotherapy, Tavistock Clinic/University of East London, UK
2000 M.Sc. in Systemic Psychotherapy, Institute of Family Therapy & Birkbeck, UK (Cum Laude)
1997 Post Graduate Intermediate Diploma in Applied Systemic Theory, Tavistock Clinic, UK
1996 Post Graduate Foundation Certificate in Applied Systemic Theory, Tavistock Clinic, UK
1996 BPS Statement of Equivalence, University of East Anglia, UK
1992 M.Soc. Sc. (Clinical Psychology), University of the Free State, South Africa (Cum Laude)
1990 B. Soc.Sc. (Psychology Honours), University of the Free State, South Africa
1987 B. Occupational Therapy, University of the Free State, South Africa
1993 Matriculated, Adamantia High School, Kimberley, South Africa

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Clinical Practice

• Twenty years’ experience of working as clinical psychologist and more than fifteen years’ experience of working in the NHS.
• Consultant Clinical Psychologist, overseeing the work of a Parental Mental Health outreach team, and offering direct clinical work to families and young people, indirect work with multi-disciplinary teams, inter-agency work, supervision, consultation, training and teaching across services from 2005 to 2011.
• Systemically qualified up to doctorate level and practice from a systemic and narrative therapy perspective.

Teaching and training

I have teaching experience and interest, including as visiting lecturer at a number of universities, in the following areas:

  • Systemic and family therapy
  • Power, equity and inclusion
  • Research methodology

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