BA(Hons), PsychD, UKCP accred.
I was born in Northern Ireland in 1981, and lived through the peak of ‘the troubles’ - a time that was characterized by violence and political unrest. Early encounters with death forced me to think deeply about questions related to meaning and mortality, and to come to terms with the dark and destructive face of reality.
As an aspiring designer and artist, I trained as an architect, but found myself powerfully drawn to philosophy and contemplative practice in response to my own suffering. In these things I found many of the answers I sought, although they came in ways that I could not have expected.
My, predominantly, existential approach to therapy has emerged from these formative experiences. They have shown me the tremendous value in facing squarely the difficult questions of life, with the hope that we can find our own answers and live a life that is deeply authentic.
When not working as a psychotherapist, I am a practicing fine artist with an interest in portraiture and figurative work.
I have experience in several NHS settings, working with addiction recovery in hospitals, with frontline A&E psych liaison teams, and as a resident GP counsellor. These clinical settings were followed by long-term depth psychotherapy work within various charities.
I undergo extensive ongoing training as a member of both UKCP and BACP.