I’m an American, living in London for getting on for forty years now.
I’ve been a psychotherapist for over thirty of these. I trained with the Philadelphia Association in London (no association with Philadelphia, rather confusedly — rather a reference to the church at Philadelphia in the Bible that had an “open door”). The PA is unusual amongst psychoanalytic training organizations in that its course includes reading many philosophers (Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, Levinas, Plato) in an attempt to encourage critical thinking about the standard psychoanalytic texts.
Since finishing my training, I’ve worked with individuals, couples and in group settings. The website for my individual work is http://www.healingconversation.co.uk, and for my couples work, http://www.londoncouplestherapy.co.uk.
For over twenty years, I worked in one of the Philadelphia Association therapeutic communities. I’m now a member of the PA training committee.
I’ve been writing since I was a child. In 2007, I started writing down stories I told my young daughter at bedtime. These became a book, Boobela and Worm, and then a series, published by Orion. Boobela and Worm received several picks as best book of the year. The Times called it “warm, wise and wonderful.”
When the series was finished, I had the idea of writing a blog, a kind of personal meditation on my work and what it means to be a therapist. I’m a fan of Montaigne’s writings, and though I don’t expect to be in his class, it’s an inspiration.
Writing a blog does raise questions of course. Most notably, what will I talk about? Do I have anything to say?
My clients often ask me these, or similar questions, at the start of a therapy. I sometimes answer, “Let’s find out!”
Thanks to Jean Heydon for permission to use her photo as my header. http://www.jean-heydon-tookitch.com/zen.html