Graduated with Honours from Adelaide University and Masters in Psychology from Flinders. I've been practicing since 1982. I started practice in CBT in that era but had a feeling that there was something more to us than a few cogs and behaviours. This lead to a search around the mid '80s for 'something deeper'. I learnt about Jung and dreams and the symbolic orientation, which was very liberating and lead to a transpersonal approach.
I've worked in numerous settings: General Hospital, Country Community Health Centre, Sport Psychology, Psychiatric Hospital, Community Psychiatric Clinic, Cancer Care Centre, Life-Line and private practice.
Since the Lifeline days (as a trainee) I've been privileged to do a lot of training—skills training. I have trained 100's of counsellors and therapists in various settings including University.
Notably, from 2000–2007 I was Director of Clinical Practice at Adelaide University where I designed and taught the Integrated Skills Model that is the foundation of IMCT. This model was original in Australia if not wider and trained Masters Level Interns in the full range of Clinical Skills that are included here. It was seen as an innovation to train interns in such a huge range of skills in such a short time. They were well able to learn this model up to an impressive level for an intern/therapist. Since that time I've formulated the moment centred approach as an extension of the model offered at university. For such a model to be offered freely on the Internet is probably unique in the world. It will be interesting to see where it goes from here.
I've always integrated all therapies together depending on the client whether it be NLP, Gestalt, CBT or dream–work. It is curious how many people cannot see that this extends one's sophistication well beyond CBT and yet makes you a superior CBTist. Rather, the opinion seems that any elements of something 'not yet proven' (and most of it science can't yet prove), must bring the therapist into rampant disarray! How fragile must we be!
I'm astonished on a daily basis as to the wonder that there is in people and trying to help them. It's exciting, mysterious and touching and it's definitely way, way beyond current known psychotherapy. In fact I have no doubt that our science is a very basic one and is still very primitive. The frontiers of the art of psychotherapy are vast and the science is unwittingly holding us back with an overly convergent aspect far too young in our development. This will be shown over the course of this century. (After all Galileo wasn't evidence based according to the then, authorities. Watch out for the inquisition!)
I'm excited by Milton Erickson, Carl Jung, (read—metaphor, symbol, dreams, childhood development, the unconscious!) I'm excited by the "being in the now" therapies, which are utterly 'cutting edge' and will be for along time. I'm excited by Carl Rogers and body therapy/Hakomi and anything that says, "I'm human, I defy you to figure me out, but you will become inspired in trying!!"
Therapy occurs in the moment and you forget the models and you use the ideas that are pole–vaulted in front of your eyes or appear in your brain from nowhere in that moment and that includes everything we already know about psychology and its models.
One of my clients who tried all the CBT stuff (and said it was useful) came to us and said, "The difference is that I see you guys as like fashion consultants. They gave me jeans but you had those AND this enormous range to choose from and you let me choose!" And, I could buy whatever I wanted and I found heaps that suited me. You see, we don't change them; we offer things that they might like to try on. If the imagery, the thought, the dream work, the body therapy or whatever idea you offer them fits them, then they will use it. That's the only time it will work.
That metaphor does respectful honour to both client and therapist. The person showed me my role more clearly than any course in psychology ever could.
Therapy is tried on by a very discriminating buyer from the INSIDE.
AND this is—The Waywith Inn!