I was born and grew up in Montreal, Canada. I received a B.A. in Psychology from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1987. My first M.A. was in East-West Psychology from CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies) in San Francisoco, California in 1990. This degree focused on the integration of Western Psychology and Eastern Philosophy. I worked in outdoor experiential education including teaching Psychology on a programme called Class Afloat, and worked as a Group Leader and Tour Director in Canada, United States, Europe, and Israel.
In 1997 I completed my second M.A. which was a Masters in Counselling Psychology (M.A.C.P.) from ITP (Institute of Transpersonal Psychology) in Palo Alto, California. I received my Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychoogy in 1999 from ITP. I completed my EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) training in 2000 and became an Accredited EMDR Approved Practitioner in 2001 by the EMDR UK & Ireland Association and Approved EMDR Consultant in 2006.
I have been living and working in the UK since 2000. I held the post of Specialist Psychologist in the Alcohol & Trauma Service in Sussex Partnership NHS Trust in Brighton, East Sussex for over 9 years. Currently I work in private psychotherapy practice where I work with adults, couples, and provide clinical supervision.
I am a Registered Counselling Psychologist with the HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council), Chartered Counselling Psychologist, Associate Fellow, and Registered Supervisor with the BPS (British Psychological Society), an Accredited Integrative Psychotherapist with UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy), and a Registered EuroPsy Psychologist with EFPA (European Federation of Psychologists' Associations). I am a professional member of ISTSS (International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies), ESTSS (European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies), the UKPTS (UK Psychological Trauma Society), and a professional member of ICEEFT (International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy) and BEFTC (The British Emotionally Focused Therapy Community). I am also an International Affiliate Member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a full Professional member of EMDR UK & Ireland Association.
"People say that what we are all seeking is some meaning to this life. I don't think that that's what we're really seeking. I think that what we're really seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our innermost being so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive." - Joseph Campbell- The Power of the Myth