My academic career began at Oxford University, where I received an Honours degree in Physiological Sciences from St Catherine’s College. During this period, I studied at Florence University, Italy where I was involved in a research project looking at neurotransmitter pathways in Parkinson’s disease.
I then went on to study medicine, during which time I worked in a rural hospital in Zambia. After qualification as a doctor, I worked in Emergency Medicine in Sydney, Australia. I then went on to train in Psychiatry at the Maudsley and Bethlem Royal Hospitals in London, gaining experience in the areas of community and inpatient general adult psychiatry, drug and alcohol misuse, psychotherapy, child, adolescent and forensic psychiatry. During this period, I was involved in a research project looking at neural activity in bipolar disorder using functional MRI scanning.
After deciding to pursue my passion for psychotherapy, I went on to train as a psychodynamic psychotherapist within the NHS, where I learned to treat a wide range of problems, from milder conditions such as anxiety and depression to more complex and severe conditions such as severe trauma and personality disorders within specialist services. I then went on to hold the position of Consultant Psychiatrist at the Tavistock and Portman Clinics for the next ten years, specialising in provision and supervision of individual and group psychotherapy. During this time, I was Clinical Lead for the Portman Clinic, Head of Department for the Tavistock Psychotherapy Department and Head of Adult Psychiatry for the Trust. I completed my training as a Psychoanalyst through the Institute of Psychoanalysis, and am a Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society.