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, in particular, how the use of mental imagery can facilitate the development of creative and work-related projects.