Welcome to my website...here's a little about me!
Early in my life, I developed a fascination with trying to 'understand' people's behaviour, so when I was in my late teens I went to work as a mental health nurse in a South London psychiatric hospital hoping to learn more about the 'human condition'.
Inspired by that experience, I went on to train as both an occupational psychologist and a clinical psychologist, subsequently practising in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Along the way, I also completed a PhD at King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience for my research into the personality of creative people.
As well as my more academic studies, I've also completed other fascinating learning activities. For example, I was personally trained by Professor Paul Ekman, in his lab at the University of California San Francisco, in the technique of reading micro-expressions in the face to detect 'emotional leakage'. I've also completed a course in parapsychology (think: ESP, precognition, paranormal beliefs, etc.) at the University of Edinburgh's Koestler Parapsychology Unit.
After twenty-five years working as a coach, clinician, consultant and business school associate professor, I have recently shifted from writing academically about personality, to draw on my broad experience and explore people's behaviour and emotions through more 'creative' writing. I am also completing a postgraduate diploma in creative writing at the University of York.