Resilience is the inherent ingenuity of the human soul to reach beyond mere survival of adverse circumstances, and to evolve and expand in consciousness in response to those difficulties. In 1990, driven by a curiosity in the concept of resilience, I began my formal studies in human psychology, which initially spanned an eight-year period and the attainment in 1998 of a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Glasgow. The simple question of why we act, feel and think in the ways that we do, particularly as a response to tragedy and trauma, is the question that remains the basis of my inquiries into the psyche. Once we understand the why, we can then unlock the gate to alternative paths of being.
Over the years, I have had the honour of working with some incredibly resilient individuals who despite enduring considerable mental anguish, taught me the value of hope and persistence. In my work as a psychologist I draw on a range of theoretical frameworks from both eastern and western thinking, to bring insight and awareness to those unconscious factors that may be contributing to the difficulties my clients are experiencing.