When a situation is stuck, I passionately believe in the power of dialogue to uncover what is needed to move forward in a positive way. This requires us to listen to all perspectives, to try to understand even if we don't agree. It is this new understanding that we gain in our minds and our hearts and our guts that allows a change to come about. I see it as my role to facilitate this sort of dialogue.
I work part time as a Systemic Family Therapist / Counsellor. I am also a medical doctor so I spend the rest of my time working locally as a family physician.
As a result of my medical work, I have a special interest in working therapeutically with couples and families where a person is identified as showing signs of a so-called "mental illness". In these situations, I often find myself working simultaneously on minimising the impact of "symptoms" on important relationships, healing past hurts and supporting healthy and intimate relationships that support recovery and ongoing well-being for all involved. Despite this special interest, I am also happy to work with couples or families experiencing all forms of distress without any formal diagnosis.
I work across the age range from childhood to old age. Some examples of the types of problems I have worked on together with couples and families include: Depression, Anxiety, Panic, Anorexia Nervosa, Childhood Sleep Difficulties, Child/Young Person Aggression, Bipolar disorder, ADHD, Psychosis, and Behavioural Difficulties associated with Autism or Intellectual Disabilities.
Training and Qualification
I completed my family therapy training over a 4 year period in the United Kingdom, obtaining a post-graduate diploma through Bristol University, gaining membership of the Association of Family Therapists (AFT), and accrediting with the United Kingdom Counsel for Psychotherapy (UKCP) after more than 500hrs of clinical work with families.
In addition to my training as a family therapist in England, I also worked as a Staff Grade Psychiatrist within an NHS Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Service for 7 years prior to retraining as a family physician.
Since arriving in Canada, I have gained recognition as a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor through the Association of Co-operative Counselling Therapists of Canada (ACCT).