1973 BA (University of South Africa). Major subjects: Psychology, English, Education.
1986 BA (Honours)(Psychology) (University of South Africa).
1988 MSc (Clinical Psychology) (University of Zimbabwe).
1990 Certificate in Family Therapy (Family Counselling Unit, Zimbabwe).
1993 Diploma of Advanced Training in Family Therapy (Connect, Zimbabwe, in association
with Tavistock Clinic, London, UK).
2001 Senior Supervisor Certificate, Systemic Therapies (Connect, in association with
Tavistock Clinic, in recognition of 2-year internship completed previously).
Many various short courses and conferences, including: Play therapy, Drama Therapy,
Bereavement, CBT for Personality Disorder, Supervision, Family Work, Service Development,
Asylum Seekers, Management, Eating Disorders, Psychosis, Narrative & Attachment,
ACT, Narrative Approaches to Trauma, Research & Family Therapy, Humour & Therapy,
Supervision of Supervision.
Chartered with the British Psychological Society as a Clinical Psychologist. Consultant
Grade since 1998.
Registered with the Health Professions Council as a Clinical Psychologist.
Very brief family therapy in an African hospital. Pp100-111 in:
Mason, J, Rubenstein, J & Shuda, S (eds)(1992) From Diversity to Healing. Durban:
South African Institute for Marital and Family Therapy. Papers from International
Circular or screwy? – tale of a therapist. P 21 in:
Context No 9 Autumn 1991. Canterbury – news magazine of Association for Family Therapy
The domain of the story. Pp 176-180 in:
Old Ways, New Theories. Harare: Connect. Papers from International Conference,
Reflections on a model – a conversation between a supervisor and a trainee. Pp 22-24
Context, December 2009 (with N McNulty)
Positive Dynamics:a Systemic Narrative Approach to Facilitating Groups 2016 Palgrave Macmillan
1989-1991 Member, Psychological Practices Advisory Committee, a joint committee of
the Zimbabwe Psychological Association (see below) and the Health Professions Council,
Zimbabwe, which made recommendations on ethical and disciplinary issues.
1992-1993 Vice-President, Zimbabwe Psychological Association (the professional body
for psychologists in Zimbabwe).
1996-1998 Member, advisory board of Christian Counselling Centre, Harare.
1998-2000 Chair, HomeStart, Crawley-Horsham
2000-2001 Area representative, on executive committee of RACSE (Regional Advisory
Committee South East).
2006 – 2007
Committee Member, Division of Clinical Psychology, South-East Region.
Trustee, Crawley-Horsham MIND (later amalgamated with Brighton MIND).
Member of the South East Coast Psychology Advisory Committee.
2007 - 2009
Chair, Systemic Forum (a network of those involved in Family Therapy or Family Work
across the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust).
Chair, Systemic Governance Group (the group overseeing the governance of Systemic
Therapies across the Sussex Partnership Trust).
Committee member and Branch Representative, Sussex Branch of the
Association for Family Therapy (AFT).
In 2001 I was a member of an 8-person ‘think tank’ in Germany, consulting to Christian
Blind Mission on developing services to those suffering disability through mental
illness in the Developing World.
As a Systemic Narrative theorist, I see my style as being basically facilitative.
I prioritise encouraging co-operative teamwork not only within nuclear families
but also in wider networks, including families, peers and professionals.
Although often very involved in the initial development of models or services I then
tend to delegate and support, continuing to hold a large proportion of purely clinical
work – Systemic Narrative Therapy (including training, supervision and consultancy)
is my first love and what I choose to be most involved in. Examples are my ‘sideways
movement’ in Connect and, in the NHS context, the development of the service to Tinsley
House and the refugee/asylum seeker population and work around Personality Disorder
and Eating Disorder services.
At an international Family Therapy conference in South Africa in the early 1990’s
I presented my own model for facilitating conflict resolution; I use this, and the
Narrative view that all participants in a discourse have valid ‘expert knowledge’
to contribute, in both management consultancy and clinical work.
For this reason I am also passionately committed to embracing diversity and to partnership
working, especially partnership with Service Users and Carers.
High school teacher and Head of Remedial Department.
Head of Psychology, Harare Central Hospital (one of the three largest hospitals in
Zimbabwe). I was tasked with developing the Psychology Department from inception.
Referrals in the Harare hospitals came from psychiatrists, neurologists, physicians,
obstetricians, paediatricians, etc. within the hospital. There was also community
outreach work in conjunction with district clinics and the Child Rehabilitation Unit
(treating children with special needs throughout the country). Cases included a
full range of psychiatric problems, psychosomatic disorders, brain injury, PTSD (especially
of war-traumatised individuals), childhood development problems, child sexual and
physical abuse, drug and alcohol misuse, sexual dysfunction, AIDS and HIV issues
and serious self-harm.
Apart from my own clinical load, I was responsible for supervising junior and intern
clinical psychologists, including those on the University of Zimbabwe MSc (Clinical
Psychology) course. I also gave lectures in the Medical and Nursing Schools.
Already practicing Family Therapy, it was in Harare Hospital that I developed much
of my own model, working cross-culturally with extended families. There was a strong
emphasis on cultural context and the necessity for culturally appropriate forms of
Head of Psychology, Harare Central and Parirenyatwa Hospitals (the Parirenyatwa is
the other major Harare hospital to which the University of Zimbabwe Medical School
Director, then Clinical and Training Director, then Clinical and Training Consultant,
Connect (Zimbabwe Institute of Systemic Therapy), formerly Family Counselling Unit.
Connect is a voluntary sector organisation offering family therapy and training in
family therapy and counselling. Founded in 1983, it received its first substantial
donor funding in 1989 and I was appointed first paid Director (part-time). In this
role I was responsible for setting up audit feedback mechanisms and negotiating further
funding as well as the general running of the organisation and development of policies.
As the organisation grew, the directorship function was split up and I became Clinical
and Training Director, responsible for initiating, designing and negotiating training
courses. This reflected my always greater commitment to my clinical functions over
The courses included systemic counselling training, originally delivered to Zimbabwean
police and health workers and finally extended through international funding to aid
workers and community counsellors throughout sub-Saharan Africa. They also included
a link-up with the Tavistock Clinic, London, to deliver a high-level Diploma of Advanced
Training in Family Therapy. I trained and developed courses at all levels offered
by the organisation and supervised on the Diploma course. I was one of the two internal
examiners (external examiners were supplied by the Tavistock Clinic and included
Barbara Dale and Judy Hildebrand). Initially
I was responsible for all negotiations in the partnership working with the Tavistock
and frequently visited there to observe and participate in work with Rosemary Whiffin,
John Byng-Hall, David Campbell and others.
Work in this unit was highly specialised Family (Systemic) Therapy. Adult work comprised
couple therapy, post-divorce mediation and the treatment of depression, anxiety,
obsessive-compulsive disorders, domestic violence, sexual and physical abuse, substance
misuse, etc. Child and adolescent treatments emphasised liaison with the family,
school and other agencies, often in session.
By the time I resigned from the position of Clinical and Training Consultant to emigrate
to the UK, Connect had 30 full-time staff members, had hosted an international conference
and was beginning negotiations for an MSc course.
1990 – 1997
I had a busy private practice in Harare, Zimbabwe, functioning as a Systemic Narrative
Therapist and supervisor. I was known as a practitioner who worked across the whole
lifespan and accepted very complex cases.
I designed and facilitated various workshops and seminars, including; Basic Systemic
Counselling, Advanced Systemic Counselling, Stress Management, Assertiveness Training
and Organisational Planning.
Apart from this, I ran training workshops or seminars for many organisations, including;
Tavistock Clinic (UK), University of the Orange Free State (RSA), the Zimbabwe Medical
Association, Zimbabwe Institute of Personnel Management, Astra Holdings, City of
Harare, the Conference of Heads of Independent Schools (Zimbabwe) and various primary
and secondary schools.
1990 – 1997
Apart from my teaching, training and supervision load in Connect, I also trained
and gave occasional lectures for the University of Zimbabwe in Family Therapy and
related areas (e.g. Eating Disorders).
Systemic management consultancy.
In the context of my private practice I gave systemic consultancy to various organisations.
This varied from consultations of only a few hours in length to complete ‘team-building’
events of four days in length. Clients included various school boards, especially
the trustees and staff of Petra Schools (a group of Christian private schools in
Bulawayo), and Connect.
1997 – 2009
Clinical Psychologist, Adult Mental Health Services.
I began a fulltime post in the NHS soon after arriving in England. As soon as I
started I offered a Systemic Supervision Group, as Family Therapy for Adult services
was a new concept in the area. That supervision continued and expanded to other
groups, individuals and Family Therapy teams throughout my work to the present, as
has my clinical practice. My job continued permanent to the present, but I have
been appointed to various different posts, as listed below.
Head Adult Mental Health Psychology, Crawley-Horsham NHS Trust.Acting Head of Psychology,
Sussex Weald and Downs NHS Trust.
When the Head of Department left in September 1998, I was appointed Head of the Crawley-Horsham
Psychology Department, which at that time had a staff of 3 B Grade psychologists,
5 A Grade psychologists and two secretaries. Soon after he left I appointed a full-time
assistant psychologist and instituted clinical audit and feedback mechanisms for
the local service.
I then job-shared the Acting Head of Psychology position in the Sussex Weald and
Downs NHS Trust with two other Consultant Clinical Psychologists until the appointment
of a permanent Head to the post in October 2000. I did not apply for the substantive
Head of Specialty Adult Mental Health Psychology, Crawley-Horsham/North.
This role involved being Lead Professional for Psychology in the Crawley-Horsham,
later North, Sector, but also operating as an Integrated Team Manager for those psychologists
and psychotherapists who were not in (other) multi-disciplinary teams. I managed/provided
support for a staff of 15 people.
In conjunction with another Consultant Psychologist, I initiated and worked in a
service to asylum seekers in the Tinsley House detention centre, Gatwick. This service
still runs, although I no longer take an active role.
2004 (JULY) – 2005 (FEB)
Acting Head of Psychology & Psychological Therapies, West Sussex Health & Social
Care NHS Trust.
Responsible for management and strategic direction of all psychology and psychological
therapy services in the Trust, especially in initiating the beginning of a programme
following the Government guidance on ‘Organising and Delivering Psychological Therapies’.
2005 (MARCH) – 2006 (MARCH)
Acting Deputy Head of Psychology & Psychological Therapies, West Sussex Health &
Social Care NHS Trust.
I deputised for the Head, in particular chairing the Working Party for Psychological
Therapies and managing the development of a database, web pages, committees and specific
activities relating to the development of Psychological Therapies.
2006 (APRIL) – 2006 (JUNE)
Associate Head of Psychology & Psychological Therapies, West Sussex, Sussex Partnership
I deputised for the Director of Therapies and represented Psychology and Psychological
Therapies on West Sussex forums in particular. I chaired the management group and
working party for Psychological Therapies and line managed therapies leads in West
Sussex. I continue to be responsible for the administration of developments in Psychological
2006 (JULY) – 2006 (OCTOBER)
Associate Director of Psychology & Psychological Therapies, West Sussex, Sussex Partnership
As one of three interim Associate Directors of Psychology I chaired the West Sussex
Psychology Leads group and provided professional line management for the Psychology
Leads in West Sussex in all care groups except Working Age Adults. I continued to
be responsible for various developments in Psychological Therapies and represented
Psychology and Therapies in the Trust in certain regional forums (e.g. the CSIP/SEDC
Psychological Therapies Network, the South East chapter of the Division of Clinical
Psychology). I represented Psychology and Psychological Therapies in the West Sussex
Locality Management meeting.
2006 (NOVEMBER) – 2009 (DECEMBER)
Consultant Clinical Psychologist – Lead for Family & Systemic Psychotherapies.
In November 2006 I terminated most of my involvement in management to focus on my
clinical role as a Systemic (Family) Psychotherapist. I was appointed to chair the
cross-trust Systemic Therapies Governance Group, a group created to feed into the
Therapies Governance Group of the Trust and to have overview of all issues related
to the ethical practice of Systemic Therapies (knowledge and skills, supervision
requirements, qualifications, etc).
I was also on the Trust steering group for Spirituality.
My clinical load continued to be of complex families and includes, apart from ongoing
therapy, consultations to teams across the whole of West Sussex, mostly in Adult
Mental Health but also in other care groups.
My supervision load, which was also specifically in Systemic and Narrative Psychotherapy,
included practitioners in all care groups (Adult, including AOT [Assertive Outreach
Team] and Rehabilitation, Child and Adolescent, Elderly, Learning Disabled, Substance
Misuse). I regularly supervise Consultant Clinical Psychologists, Family Therapists,
Psychologists, Trainee Psychologists and Trainee Family Therapists.
Team-building facilitation, teaching and training.
I have facilitated team-building workshops within the NHS Trust for various teams,
especially when there have been difficult issues for them to address. These have
included the Psychotherapy Department, Chichester, the AOT (Crawley-Horsham), Rose
Ward, Summerfold CMHT and Linwood and Horsham CMHT’s, Chichester AOT, CAMHS LAAC
Team, Langley Green Hospital Therapies Department.
I completed, in 2009, a Supervisors of Supervision course offered in-Trust to senior
practitioners who would be expected to carry forward the supervision of senior supervisors
in Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. I continue to give supervisory input
to the Trust, largely to teams or supervisors, though I now only work for the Trust
one day a week.
I have given lectures/training input in my chosen therapy field (Systemic and Narrative)
within the Trust, to the Clinical Psychology doctoral courses at Surrey University
and University College London and to doctors doing psychiatry training in the University
of Sussex-Brighton Medical School. I also lecture/train on Systemic Supervision
and Supervision of Supervision on the MSc in Clinical Supervision at the University
DECEMBER 2009 – PRESENT
Private practice and related supervision & training.
In December 2009 I ‘retired’ from almost fulltime work in the Sussex Partnership
NHS Foundation Trust (though I started with them again in February 2010 on a day-a-week
basis) and began a private practice in therapy, training and supervision. From
February I began work with MIND (Brighton and Hove), contracted for staff support
and clinical supervision. I have led workshops on supervision for UKCP, the DCP
(BPS) and at the Tavistock Clinic. For up-coming public training, see the Training