From the wildness of Africa to the rugged beauty of Cornwall.
I was born and grew up in South Africa in the city of Durban during the apartheid era. My memories of childhood are of a happy time of family, sun, sea, surf, wild animals and adventure amidst a culture of diversity, poverty and injustice.
Since leaving school, I have led a rich and interesting life, working in a variety of jobs including as a policeman, jewellery designer, small business manager, pastor, architectural technician and nurse. I lived for 10 years in the surf paradise town of Jeffreys Bay and 7 years in Ireland, the ancestral home of my mother, before moving to the UK with my wife and children.
We lived in Gloucester for 10 years where I was a devoted surfer of the Severn Bore. We moved to Cornwall in 2015 to be closer to our grandson and the sea. I have spent the last 5 years in Cornwall working as a nurse and studying counselling through the University of Plymouth at Cornwall College.
My personal life has been shaped over the years by a variety of challenges and suffering including trauma, suicide bereavement, work stress, redundancy, health issues, religious and spiritual abuse, relationship issues and parenting problems.
Through the process of self-healing, personal counselling and support from those who love me, these experiences have not only strengthened and enriched me but have given me a greater empathy for the suffering of others.
They have enabled me to have more meaningful relationships with my clients and those around me. I have experienced the healing power of being listened to by someone who is honest and genuine, who cares about me and who does not judge me but accepts me for who I am.
My experience of working as a nurse in South Africa and the United Kingdom has also given me a deeper insight into the relationship between people's emotional health and the social, economic and political conditions of the society in which they live.
Apart from being in private practise, I am also a volunteer counsellor with We Are With You (formerly Addaction) and a crisis volunteer with SHOUT, a national text service that offers free support to those in crisis.
I am currently studying a BA Honours Degree in Counselling Studies and Supervision part-time through the University of Plymouth.
I am married with 3 grown-up daughters and one grandson. My passions include surfing, swimming, pitch and putt, being outdoors amongst nature and contemplating all things philosophical and spiritual.