I started this site in 2011 originally as a point of reference for people I was treating so that they might revise at home what we had covered during therapy sessions. Over the years I have added other information about books and courses I have written.
I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1972 and originally worked in the big old mental hospitals.
I later abandoned the NHS to do private work and research whilst my children were small. During that time I enrolled for a research degree and studied panic attacks because I had these myself and knew that the way these were treated was unhelpful to sufferers.
After completing my research I wrote my first self help book, "Don't Panic", in 1986. This has since been republished in various guises, most recently called "Panic Attacks", as have my two subsequent titles, "Why Worry" and "The Guide to Depression". Each book has been translated into various languages but at this moment all are now only available on the resale market. Panic Attacks is now again available from Random House in the form of both Print on Demand (POD) and as an e-book download.
At the end of 2014 I retired from clinical practice although I continued to teach other professionals and also created a self help online course for those wishing to overcome their anxiety habits using this approach.
Although I still write observations on life in the "In the Moment" blog section, I am gradually handing over this site to another (younger) psychologist who shares my approach - Dr Jenny Nam - who also happens to be my daughter.
In the meantime I am creating a new website on a totally different subject - handmade crafts. I have loved to create things all my life and now I have time to really indulge this passion. My new website will be a place for selling my creations and sharing my thoughts in this area. I will post information about the new site to those on my email list when it is up and running.
I'm a Counselling Psychologist, who has extensive experience of working in both private practice and the NHS.
I can't say I'd always wanted to be a psychologist, despite the fact that my mother was one and my father was a psychiatrist.
On leaving school I did equestrian studies at agricultural college. Throughout my early 20's I worked with horses.
Having realised this was never going to keep me solvent, I took office-based temp jobs, trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life.
In the end, in my late twenties, it finally dawned on me that I should study psychology. After all, it was 'in my blood', I'd been raised to see the world through a psychologist's eyes after all! So then the long journey towards qualification began.
Since becoming registered (with the HCPC) I have mainly worked with adults with severe and enduring mental health difficulties in the NHS. I have found that anxiety is a very common ailment that underlies many difficulties and helping people deal with this first becomes invaluable.
As Mum has mentioned, I very much share her approach and having experienced panic attacks and anxiety myself (the inherited element), I know first-hand how beneficial and helpful this approach is.
I will endeavour to continue the hard work and passion Mum has poured into this site to help those who experience anxiety.
On a more personal level, my family consists of a husband, baby son and two dogs - a Jack Russell and Border Terrier.
Food is a passion of mine and I look forward to spending quality time going to restaurants and travelling, exploring what the world has to offer!
I use mindfulness skills daily to keep my family life (fairly) harmonious! Living close to the Brecon Beacons, we love to roam the countryside often. I also enjoy watching TV - a little too much at times - and films.