Training and Work Background


Prominent influences in my professional development as a psychologist and psychotherapist.

Early to mid 20s – Psychology at university

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Psychology as an empirical science

Early to mid 20s

  • Transactional analysis and Gestalt therapy – Bob and Mary Goulding
  • Psychoanalytic approach to child psychotherapy – Julia Solomon

Late 20s – early 30s

  • Gestalt therapy – Jim Simkin
  • Bioenergetics – Michael Conant

30s until present

  • Study in a variety of modalities, particularly transference based therapies
    • Psychoanalysis
    • Rebirthing
    • Family therapy of Milton H. Erikson
    • Teenagers and their therapy
    • Suicidology
    • Group therapy
    • Individual therapy
    • Couples therapy
    • Parent-child therapy,
    • Residential group therapy
    • Reparenting
    • Logotherapy

Other training over the years which has influenced me in particular

  • Ellyn Bader & John Dusay – Couples therapy
  • Stan and Ruth Caplan – Sex therapy
  • Jeff White – Encounter group
  • Sue Helfgott – Drug and alcohol therapy

On the job learning that has impacted me significantly

  • Singapore Airlines – Organizational psychology
  • Conducting training and supervision in a variety of psychotherapies
  • YMCA and St John Ambulance Service – Trauma and trauma counselling
  • Palmerston Drug Rehabilitation – Drug and alcohol problems and enablers
  • Association of the Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill – Chronic schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar and borderline personality
  • Acacia Prison – Antisocial personality, schizophrenia, narcissistic personality, drug and alcohol problems, methadone as a treatment, suicidality and self harm.
  • Private practice – Depression, anxiety, realtionship problems, teenagers, children, insomnia, eating disorders, sexual abuse, grief and death.

As of 2013 it is estimated I have done between forty to fifty thousand hours of counseling.