“Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you” – Aldous Huxley
I am a practitioner-researcher (or researcher-practitioner) of transpersonal psychotherapy and sexuality/spirituality
I have a small private practice in Central and South West London offering private counselling and psychotherapy around a wide number of issues and, until the end of 2017, was an Honorary Counsellor at the Albany Trust in South London.
I am a member of The London Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity Practice, a group of counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, coaches, mentors and trainers who provide psychotherapy, coaching, mentoring, training and consulting around a wide range of Gender, Sexual and Relational Diversity (GSRD) issues.
I also provide personal Workshops, seminars, training and speaking opportunities around gender, sexual and relational diversity issues, Transpersonal Psychotherapy and the gay, male Leather scene.
Qualifications, Accreditations and Experience:
I hold a Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Psychosynthesis counselling, after completing a three year training at The Psychosynthesis Trust in London, accredited by Middlesex University.
I am an Accredited Registrant with the National Counselling Society (MNCS Accred) and abide by their Ethical Framework.
I hold an Advanced Accreditation from Pink Therapy as an Advanced Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversities Therapist (Accred AGSRDT)
I am registered as a Kink Knowledgable Professional with the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom
I am also registered and listed in the following Directories:
I hold a Graduate Certificate in Psychosynthesis Foundations, also from The Psychosynthesis Trust and an MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture from University of London, Birkbeck.
On Saturday 25th March 2017, I presented a plenary at Pink Therapy’s Fifth International Annual Conference entitled “Gay Men, Leather and the search for spirituality/meaning – A Transpersonal Journey through Gay Leathersex”:
On 3rd June 2016, I presented a Workshop at the International Psychosynthesis Congress: Psychosynthesis for the Future, in Taomino, Italy entitled: Living Gay leathersex, a relational source on alternative sexualities for therapeutic training and practice
Before experiencing my own period of discovery, spiritual emergence and self-actualisation (which still continues), I spent around 25 years in the Marketing and New Media business, working up to Senior Manager level on both Agency and Client side, in a number of integrated marketing, web development, CRM and Brand management roles across UK, European and Global business sectors.
I have experience working with a number of issues including: grief, stress, anxiety, depression, addiction issues, finding meaning and purpose in life, transitions, relationship issues, decisions, spiritual growth and personal development. I specialise in working across gender, sexual and spiritual diversities including alternative sexualities and relationalities, kink, BDSM and, in particular, the gay male Leather scene.
I also have a particular interest in and specifically focus on the following areas of research and practice:
- understanding of gender, sexuality and cultural issues with specific focus on the areas of male (homo)sexuality and adolescent maturation into adulthood
- intergenerational mentorship and the significance of ‘elders’ contribution in the community,
- S&M and alternative-style relationships
- how sexuality and spirituality are intertwined.
You can read some of my writings around these subjects here