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My career has always been around helping children and I began by training to become a Registered Nurse on the Isle of Wight, UK. My second love is psychology and understanding what makes people tick and I was very fortunate to gain a place at the University of Portsmouth in 1992 to study psychology. At the same time I started a clinical course at Wealdon College to train as a psychotherapist. I went on to achieve a Masters degree in Applied Social Science (social work) and then gained a PhD studying teenage suicide and developing a risk assessment tool. I finished my psychotherapy training at Metanoia in London in 2003.
I have worked with young people in a variety of positions, those in a young offender institute (JDC to Americans) and I was "Matron" running the school hospital at Blundell's, a four-hundred year old boarding school, where I also taught psychology to the sixth formers. I have worked in schools to help teenagers avoid being expelled, then as a probation officer, and I currently work in a behavioural health care hospital, helping suicidal teenagers and those with depression and behavioural problems.
I absolutely love teenagers and their zest for living, and it hurts me when I see teenagers weighed down with problems so that they don't feel that zest and excitement for life. I felt I had to do something to help and that's why I wrote the series of therapeutic novels to help them cope with their problems and so avoid suicide.