I was awarded a BA (Psychology & Philosophy) at the Queen’s College, Oxford in 1967, a MSc in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, London in 1969, and a PhD in Psychology from the University of London in 1975.

In 1990 I was awarded a Certificate in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (Distinction) from the Department of External Studies, University of Oxford.

In 2002 I was awarded a MA in Creative Writing by Bath Spa University College.



From 1970 to 1975 I was Lecturer in Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, London and Clinical Psychologist at the Maudsley and Royal Bethlem psychiatric hospitals. I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1970 and trained as a behaviour therapist under the supervision of Dr Jack Rachman and others. My doctorate involved developing and evaluating a new method of therapy, social skills training, and researching into the verbal and non-verbal correlates of socially skilled behaviour. I lectured on the Institute of Psychiatry training course in Clinical Psychology.

From 1975 to 1982 I was Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of Birmingham. I taught undergraduates on the Honours Course in Psychology, and taught and supervised post-graduates on the Clinical Psychology Training Course. I worked part-time as a behaviour therapist in a GP practice and, later, at a Clinical Psychology Centre at the University.

From 1982 to 1994 I was Director and Regional Tutor of the Oxford Regional Training Course in Clinical Psychology, Oxford RHA and Clinical Psychologist in the Oxford Health Authority. This was a NHS position and my major role in the first few years was to re-establish clinical psychology training in the Region.

From 1984 – 1994 I was an honorary member of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oxford and from 1987 to 1994 honorary Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford.

From 1994 to 2007 I worked as a self-employed Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist from my home in Oxford. During this period my work consisted of assessing and treating people with a range of psychological problems. Most of my referrals came from GPs, psychiatrists or through self-referral. I carried out both short-term problem-solving treatment and longer-term exploratory psychotherapy.

From 1996 to 2007 I worked on a contractual basis for the Thames Valley Police Authority, from 2003 working 2 days/wk as the Force Psychologist. I was responsible for the psychological welfare of police officers and staff, working closely with the Force Psychiatrist, the Occupational Health Unit and the Welfare department.

§     Lecturer in Clinical Psychology