I originally trained as an existential psychotherapist at Regents College London, with Emmy Van Deurzen and Ernesto Spinelli. I then worked as a drugs and alcohol counsellor for many years, helping people to resolve their ambivalence, move towards appropriate goals, anticipate obstacles and deal with relapses. During this time I trained in more targeted ways of working, like Motivational Interviewing and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.
I have an MA in philosophy and I was involved with the philosophical counselling movement since its early days in the UK. I have a particular interest in decision-making, moral dilemmas and ‘weakness of will’.
I have trained in cognitive-behavioural coaching (CBC) and health and wellbeing coaching at the Centre for Coaching in London. I have also completed a course in advanced coaching at Oxford University department for continuing education.
My book Reason, Virtue and Psychotherapy (2006) explores Aristotle’s ideas in relation to everyday issues that frequently come up in counselling and therapy.
The Shrink and the Sage (2012), co-authored with Julian Baggini and inspired by the column of the same name that we wrote for the FT magazine, is published by Icon.
My most recent book More Than Happiness: Buddhist and Stoic Wisdom for a Sceptical Age (2018) is published by Icon.