Growing up queer and working class in the American South, I recognise how a sense of otherness and marginalisation can impact us throughout our lives. Throughout my life I’ve strived to find meaning in the hardships and challenges I’ve faced, and worked to help other people find meaning and purpose.
For twenty years, I worked in the arts as an award-winning writer, performer and producer. My worked spanned theatre, television, poetry and mobile games. As an artist I used to stories to create safe spaces for people to explore their own relationship with the difficulties in their past. As a producer, I worked to create new pathways into the arts for people from marginalised backgrounds.
As someone who has seen the transformative power of therapy in my own life, I eventually decided to become a psychotherapist myself. I initially trained in Integrative Psychotherapy at the Minster Centre where I studied both Psychodynamic and Humanistic approaches. I went on to do my post-graduate studies in Existential Psychotherapy at The New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling.
I also hold a BA in Sociology (Gender & Sexuality Studies) from Georgia State University and a MA in Gender, Sexuality & Culture from the University of Manchester. I continue to undertake regular professional development and training, and receive ongoing clinical supervision.