I am a husband, and a dad. In my spare time I like to play guitar and piano, and write songs. And from time to time I play guitar and sing back-up vocals with a rock band on the London pub rock scene. I have also been known to make art, and should probably do more of this.
My story is that I came to London at 20 years of age to pursue my dream of becoming a professional rock musician. After achieving some success for a few years in the early to mid-'90s, the dream came to an end, and I had to get a proper job to support myself financially. Quite randomly, I landed a job at a drug addiction clinic in south London. The clinic's patients came from all walks of life, but being the Brit-pop era when heroin was considered a hip drug to take, not unsurprisingly, there was a plethora of professional musicians and music industry people seeking help there. Because of my musical background and natural empathy for this group of patients, I was given the job of coordinating their treatment and supporting them through the process of recovery. This later extended to non-music industry patients, and gradually - after a brief academic diversion into the world of art - my musical creativity settled into a pastime activity that continued to give me great pleasure, and counselling became my career ambition.
I continue to work in addiction, and now my training as a psychotherapist allows me to work people with all sorts of issues, as well as to help those recovering from addiction with a deeper knowledge and experience of the issues that underlie their substance use.
If you would like to arrange an initial assessment appointment (charged at almost half my usual session rate), please contact me by email, contact form, or mobile.