I was born and received my primary education in South Africa, emigrating to the UK in 1986 at the age of 15.
After graduating from University, I worked as a teacher and later as a lecturer. I retrained to become a psychotherapist in my early 30s.
These experiences and others have been useful in giving me an understanding of some of the issues we face when we experience some kind of radical displacement in our lives, be it geographical, emotional, or circumstantial. I also believe it’s very important to be sensitive and open to questions of diversity and “feelings of otherness” whether stemming from age, ethnicity, gender, race, socio-economic status or sexual orientation.
Life can be really hard and alienating at times, and I think it’s useful to have a therapist on your side who gets that from some of their own lived experience rather than just mouthing these concepts as a bunch of impressive or nice-sounding words.
I am also very interested in how we use creative as well as other contemplative practices to find flow, meaning and solace in our lives.