I qualified as a psychotherapist from the University of Greenwich, London, UK in 2001, with my MSc Thesis on The Nature of the Online Therapeutic Relationship. Since then, I have specialised in that field making it my life’s work and pleasure training practitioners and organisations worldwide for over fifteen years in how to take their face-to-face skills and transfer them to the online environment. I have co-edited and co-authored four textbooks on the subject, as well as numerous articles, chapters and journals. I am a Fellow of BACP and Past-President and Fellow of ISMHO. I am also Special Advisor on Online Coaching for the BACP Coaching Division, and a qualified Coach ensuring that my knowledge and expertise can speak to every avenue of making a change in people’s lives. I also offer expert peer supervision to colleagues working over the Internet.
I am co-founder of the Online Therapy Institute, and co-Managing Editor of TILT Magazine (Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology). My doctorate title was “Developing Counselling and Psychotherapy in the Age of Technology and the Internet” with Middlesex University and the Metanoia Institute. I am on the faculty of the Institute for Life Coach Training and also on the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board for the UK with a special interest in Online Social Gaming and Online Treatment in particular.
I live in Linlithgow, Scotland with my partner, Stephen, and cat, Olly.