After nearly 20 years of experience as a clinical psychotherapist and about a decade an academic in my field, I have been moved to take the amazing insights from psychology and psychotherapy out of the consultation room and the academy and bring them to people, culture, and technology. In addition to my clinical work as a psychotherapist and supervisor, I am an author, media contributor, consultant, and international speaker to a wide variety of audiences.
As a psychological consultant for the media, I have advised and contributed to a variety of projects that aim to bring quality mental health content to programming for young people and adults alike. I have been an “agony uncle” for many years for both CBBC and BBC Radio 1 – online, on the radio, and on television. I offer front-of-camera/microphone expert opinion for a wide variety of television and radio productions including BBC Worldwide, BBC 3, and BBC Learning, and backstage psychological consultation for programme makers interested in high quality psychological programming. My new title, The Little Book of Calm: tame your anxieties, face your fears, and live free is published by Penguin and isa self-help book for adults that draws on my years of experience as a clinician and researcher.
Drawing from my experience working with young people directly in schools and further and higher education, as well as offering advice to them through a variety of media, I published an illustrated children’s self help book Keep Your Cool: how to deal with life’s worries and stress which is widely used in schools and in private homes around the world.
Fascinated by developments in contemporary culture, I seek to understand it better by using ideas from contemporary psychoanalysis. I explore these ideas regularly through my blog, and my book: The Psychodynamics of Social Networking: connected up instantaneous culture and the self.
I am the director of Stillpoint Spaces UK, the London based hub of an international organisation devoted to sharing ideas from depth psychology widely and with integrity. At Stillpoint Spaces, we aim to explore psychotherapy, in depth, inside and outside the consulting room. Our London hub offers consulting rooms for therapists and coaches, an innovative co-working space for those interested in applying psychological ideas to their work, and an exciting events schedule.