I made aliyah in September 2020 and came to live in Protea Hills, a retirement village, two months later, so I feel I have quite a personal understanding of loss and change and how vulnerable one can feel in those early months. My professional background was initially in social work for over 20 years. I had a particular interest in working with families with a child with special needs. Mothers (always the mothers!) came to a group I ran which became a safe place to express often very angry feelings. I encouraged the members to write about their experiences and their article was published in the British Medical Journal (2nd Jan 1988) and in the Guardian newspaper. After finally leaving social work I researched for my PhD at King's College, London University, and my doctorate was awarded in 1991. I undertook two trainings at the Tavistock Clinic: in Family Therapy and in Psychodynamic Understandings in Social Work Practice (1987-88). During the time of researching for my PhD I began lecturing on women's development, roles and expectations and then in 1991 I was appointed to Regent's College School of Psychotherapy, as Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer and Clinical Tutor. I worked at Regents for 17 years until my retirement from academic work.
As well as my private clinical practice as an integrative psychotherapist, I teach Creative Writing and am also a keen gardener. Just as in a garden there may be dark corners inhibiting growth, so it is sometimes in people's lives. In therapy we try to understand the bad feelings, where they've come from and why they're still lingering, so that in time it becomes possible to emerge from the shadows.
|Degree||Education||Year of Graduation|
|PhD||London University: London School of Economics (1957) B.Sc in Sociology||1991|
UKCP registered member 1991