I'm not sure anybody has sat as an 8 year old and said they want to be a psychotherapist. I didn't. If somebody has, please let me know... for me it's something you grow into as you realise how difficult life can be. It happened to me after I was broken.
I was aspirational and wanted to be a lawyer or the like. I had something approaching a "normal" career but was bugged by this sense that something wasn't quite right. So I ended up needing to see a therapist, several actually, and used the space to really explore what it was like being me and to try and make sense of how I viewed the world. It also allowed me to grapple with a lot of issues and problems that I experienced, and had hidden from, in life.
I'm not fixed. I'm not sure it's possible to be fixed.
I'm very experienced working with depression, anxiety and suicidal feelings. I've worked with addicts, people who suffer from eating disorders. I've worked with people who just don't feel quite right, or feel their relationships aren't working as well as they could be. I try and bring myself into the room - I view our time together as a relationship, of which I'm part.
I have training in integrative psychotherapy, and in existential psychotherapy, but try and approach every relationship as a unique entity and don't really subscribe to a particular approach religiously. I like being creative and try and draw from different areas like art, music and non-psychotherapy views.
I'm in my early thirties, live in South London with my girlfriend and have a collection of books as it's not hoarding if it's books.
For a flavour of me, I wrote something for an American colleague about suicide, have appeared on a BBC3 documentary and I've written articles and given presentations for the Society of Existential Analysis.