I completed my medical training in 1984 and qualified as a Psychiatrist in Glasgow in 1989, gaining experience in child, adult, old age and forensic work. I progressed to complete a five year training as a NHS Psychiatrist specialising in psychotherapy in Newcastle upon Tyne, where I later worked as a Consultant for House Concern, a confidential therapy service for doctors.
At this time, I also completed a four year training at the Scottish Institute of Human Relations, accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council.
As the first NHS Consultant Psychotherapist in north Cumbria, I led a multi-disciplinary team including CBT, Systemic and Group therapists. In 1998 I moved to Manchester as a Consultant Psychotherapist. I led a team of psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapists, working with individuals and groups. I also set up the city’s first NHS Couple Therapy service.
In 2004, I left the NHS to develop a private psychotherapy practice in south Manchester. I am a fully registered member of the British Psychoanalytic Council, a member of the Scottish Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists and a retired Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.