MSc (Psych), DFC, PGDHyp, DITEC, FBSCH, FBAMH, RSM
Paychologist, Family Counsellor, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Shamanic Practitioner
I read Psychology and Sociology at Berlin University and then worked as a lecturer and researcher at the university. I subsequently trained as a Family Counsellor, specialising in trauma, PTSD and related issues and later, after moving to the UK, as a Clinical Hypnotherapist and in EMDR. My lifelong fascination with the functioning of the human mind and altered states of consciousness, and my own spiritual search, has led me to explore spiritual and shamanic approaches to healing and wholeness in different parts of the world. I have lived and studied in Ashrams in Asia, have been apprenticed to Yachak Shamans under Don Esteban Tamayo in Ecuador, and trained with John Perkins and Sandra Ingerman in the USA and Annie Spencer in the UK.
I am a Fellow of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis, a founder member of the Society of Medical Hypnosis, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a member of the Society of Authors.
I worked as a therapist for over 20 years, specialising in trauma, child abuse, PTSD and related mental/emotional issues. I have also provided training and consultancy on these issues for different organisations and professionals, ranging from the police and probation services to mental health services, counsellors and therapists, here as well as in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Northern Uganda. I have also acted on occasion as an expert witness for the CPS in cases involving either clinical hypnosis or child abuse. In parallel with my work as a trauma specialist, I was for 12 years the South West course director and a senior lecturer for the London College of Clinical Hypnosis, which trains Hypnotherapists to Msc level in partnership with a London University.
I now live in Devon and my focus has shifted. I concentrate mainly on writing, running CPD courses for therapeutic professionals and I facilitate personal development workshops, combining indigenous shamanic psycho-spiritual approaches with Western-style therapy. I still provide special study units on the subjects of trauma and PTSD, as well as Clinical Hypnosis, in my capacity as an Honorary Fellow and associatedd lecturer at Exeter University, Medical School, and at Peninsula Medical School, University of Plymouth, and consult and train occasionally for other organisations.