1973 Graduated in Psychology and Philosophy; first class marks in Philosophy of Mind
1974 Qualified as a Teacher
1976 Plenary Presenter, First European Congress of Humanistic Psychology, London
1978 Plenary Presenter, 2nd European Congress of Humanistic Psychology, Geneva
1980 Qualified as a group and individual Psychotherapist.
1981 Elected to the Training Committee of Westminster Pastoral Foundation
1982 Elected to the Board of the Institute of Psychotherapy and Counselling.
1982 Initiated into Siddha Yoga through “Shaktipat”
1984 Principle Officer for Group-work for Hammersmith Social Services, London
1989 Director of the Oxford School of Psychotherapy and Counselling
1992 Elected External Relations Representative UK Council for Psychotherapy
1999 Director OPPERA Charitable Trust
2001 Director Wombtwin Charitable Trust
2002 Guest of Honour, British Psychological Society Annual Conference
2002 Guest of Honour, British Association for the Advancement of Science
2002 Retired from full time psychotherapy and teaching to create poetry and pictures
2003 Plenary Presentation World Embryology Psychology and Psychotherapy Congress
2004 “Telling It Like It Is” Book of Poems published
2006 Poem Picture Artist of the Year on Flickr Website
2007 Presentation to Sylvia Plath 75 Congress Oxford University
2010 “A Journey Through Grief” in poetry, prose and pictures, was published
2013 Poetry and Pictures at the Ashmolean; Project Director
2018 Royal Photographic Society Prize, Science Photo-walk
Creative Arts Credits
A play published by the UK Arts council and performed in Brighton
Digital Art and Photography published in an American Art Magazine T.H.E
Featured in “Universe D’artistes,” a French based on-line fine art nude magazine
Featured in “Oxford Inspires” Celebrating Oxfordshire magazine for “Poetry and Pictures”
Published poet, with a book of fairy tales in verse, “Telling It Like It Is”, and a contributor to many anthologies both UK and Internationally. My work is increasingly taught in schools across the south of England.
Poem_Picture Artist of the Year 2006
Prize winner, landscape art competition, “Outside In,” Nuffield NHS Trust and OVADA
Retired director of “The Oxford School of Psychotherapy and Counselling”
Retired Director of Wombtwin.com
Contributor to the 75th Anniversary Sylvia Plath Oxford Symposium, and the first edition of the American based on-line Plath journal
I have taught counselling and psychology at the London School of Economics, Oxford University, Westminster Pastoral Foundation, The Oxford Centre for Human Relations and many other colleges.
I created “Poetry and Pictures International” and “Poetry and Pictures England” hosted on Flickr.
In 2012 I started the poetry and pictures at the museum at the Ashmolean in Oxford which continues today
In 2018 I won a prize for photo-walk photography for the Royal Photographic Society.
My work was also showcased in a major Paris exhibition by Huawei New Image Photography.
I teach courses in Mindfulness through DeeperMindfulness.com
I live in West Oxfordshire with my wife and dog.
Personal and Historic Background
I was born in Bromsgrove U.K. in 1950. I was identified at Malvern College as the most creative history student of my generation, with a particular interest in the history of Art. I was also the A level prize winner in English Literature in a group that included Jeremy Paxman, but I chose Psychology and Philosophy at University, coming out with first class honours in my special subject, the Philosophy of Mind. I then qualified as a Drama Teacher, specialising in drama as a therapeutic tool.
After five post graduate years teaching and studying I became one of the first professionally qualified counsellors in the U.K. in 1980, at Westminster Pastoral Foundation. I then combined skills in art and psychology to build a creative therapy practice, first in London and then Oxford, which culminated in my becoming Director of the Oxford School of Psychotherapy and Counselling in 1989.
I retired from full time teaching and therapy in 2000. Since then I have focused on the development of mindfulness, including my arts, play writing, poetry and photography.
I have had a play published by the Arts Council and was showcased in the Oxfordshire Millennium Magazine “Oxford Inspires”.
I am committed to participatory arts activity, working as a Mindfulness teacher, group leader, coach and educator with people of all ages, who want to lead more artistic creative fulfilled lives.
There is also a political dimension to my work. My scathing anti-war trilogy called “Falluja in Charlbury” was performed at Methodist Central Hall for “The People’s Assembly”, when protesters gathered there to oppose Blair’s criminal adventure in Iraq in 2003. I feel a deep sense of compassion for human suffering.
My book of twenty first century Fairy Tales, written in verse, “Telling It Like It Is,” explores with infectious humour how children of today still live out the patterns of classical folk story. Children are often inspired to write their own stories. The poems also work well for emotionally disturbed adolescents, or visiting foreign students learning English.
I am also passionate about the Oxfordshire Wychwood landscape, a main focus of my poems and photography. I take groups on mindfulness walks in the countryside helping create beautiful poetry and pictures.
Over the last three years I have helped over 600 people become involved in this “poem-picture” arts genre.