I have provided mentoring and coaching for people at different stages of their writing: people who are fairly new to writing poetry, as well as those who want help putting together a poetry pamphlet or collection. Support can be a combination of face-to-face meetings, email contact and Zoom/Skype sessions.
I was introduced to writing haiku and tanka in the early 1990s, and have since had work published in magazines (printed and online) in the UK and abroad. I contribute reviews of anthologies and collections to Presence magazine. I have introduced other poets to haiku, tanka and collaborative sequences such as renga/renku.
I am available to provide coaching sessions, for individuals as well as small groups, on the main principles of writing traditional haiku, such as the importance of season and cutting words.
During a career spanning over 30 years I provided a range of assessment and development services to private individuals and companies, initially as an Occupational Psychologist and Management Consultant. Then I retrained and for 20 years practised as a UKCP registered psychotherapist and, since 2009, as an EMDR Consultant. In the same year I completed training as an EMDR Facilitator and regularly assisted on the Accredited EMDR trainings in the UK for registered mental health professionals.
I have a BSc in Psychology, BA with the Open University, MA in Occupational Psychology, and have relevant qualifications: a Certificate in Supervision (2005), NLP Master Practitioner (1993), Certificate in Life Coaching (2005) and a Diploma in Performance Coaching (2005).