Writer, Trainer, Psychotherapist and author of Using Mental Imagery in Counselling and Psychotherapy: A Guide to More Inclusive Theory and Practice.
I originally trained as an archaeologist specialising in prehistory. I started on my professional life working on various sites in the UK, France and Syria before embarking on an adventurous period of world travel during the mid-late 1970s. During this time I came across Carl Jung’s seminal work on symbols and read the visualisation work pioneered by Mike and Nancy Samuels. From this point on I read widely and experimented enthusiastically with a wide range of techniques that were becoming available to the general public. Over time these techniques became synthesised into a creative reflective practice that has supported my personal development ever since. Towards the end of the 1980s my professional life changed direction and I began to work with substance misusers in crisis. It was here that I started to explore the therapeutic application of mental imagery. When I trained soon after as a counsellor, I was able to integrate these imagery techniques into talking therapy. As my interest in visualisation deepened and matured, I took the opportunity presented by enrolling on a doctoral programme to research the use of mental imagery in psychotherapy. The findings from my study produced a model for more inclusive practice that allows integrative therapists to draw on the knowledge and techniques developed within different modalities.
Now, having written a guide to more inclusive theory and practice for counsellors and psychotherapists, I find myself returning to my original interest in creative reflective practice. My second book (due to be published by Routledge in 2018) considers how the use of mental imagery can facilitate the development of creative and work-related projects.