I have specialist training in working with trauma, PTSD and CPTSD (complex PTSD). I have extensive experience in working with adult survivors of dysfunctional families and childhood trauma. I specialise in helping those whose lives are significantly disrupted by the issues they struggle with and those with past experience of previous unsuccessful treatment.
I have a BA and MA in Psychology from Leiden University in the Netherlands. I have trained in two variants of Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (EDT): Intensive Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (IE-DP) with Ferruccio Osimo MD, Psychiatrist, former Adjunct Professor at Milan University School of Psychiatry and former President of of IEDTA; and Affect Phobia Therapy (APT) with Kristin A.R. Osborn, Director of Harvard Medical School Psychotherapy Research Program and former President of IEDTA (I am a Certified APT Therapist and Certified APT Trainer). I have specialist trauma training: in Somatic Trauma Therapy with Babette Rothschild and advanced training in treating trauma and dissociative disorders with Kathy Steele.
I am a Clinical Associate at Pink Therapy. I am a member of the London Gender, Sex and Relationship Diversity Practice. I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). I am a member of ESTD (The European Society for Trauma & Dissociation).
I am an advisor for Scarleteen (the US independent, grassroots sexuality education and support organisation and website), and have advised the Dutch expertise centre on sexuality (Rutgers WPF) on LGBT youth. I am a member of Sense About Sex, the group of interdisciplinary academics, activists, researchers, writers and practitioners who are keen to get good information and resources about sexual practices, sexuality, and sexualisation.
My online practice, The Rainbow Couch, provides psychotherapy to those who would otherwise be unable to access it, primarily in the Middle East. It guarantees expert, non-judgmental and affirmative therapy for members of the GSRD communities wherever they are in the world. It also makes therapy easily accessible for those with disabilities or chronic illness, or those for whom, for a variety of reasons, the threshold of face-to-face therapy is too high.
I write about psychology. I wrote regular advice columns in magazines and online, provide expert advice for articles, and have written a chapter for a book on psychotherapy on the use of EDT to treat an underachieving gifted adolescent. To find out more, see In Print.