My mission is to create a world in which people communicate “soul to soul” rather than “identity to identity”.
WHEN I WAS AT MEDICAL SCHOOL...
I found that - while I loved being a doctor - I was also interested in listening to people's stories, and chose to work with patients nobody else wanted, namely those who were dying.
When I was 24 years old, my life took a very unpredicted turn: I myself was given a life-threatening diagnosis. I was told that I would likely live for only two more years.
This news propelled me to make the unusual choice of going to drama school in London.
If I was to die, there was no time to waste and I had to pursue my passion.
After drama school, and trying the difficult path of working as an actor, I returned to medicine and did a four-year residency in psychiatry in New York.
I had a hunger for learning and did additional training in hypnosis, family systems and narrative therapy.
It was narrative therapy that informed my practice as a psychiatrist, as I came to understand the mechanisms of power, and the way the stories we tell not only describe our lives but shape them.
which we took around the world, from South Africa to England, Australia and across the USA.
We created a storytelling method and a company for teaching others how to tell their own personal life stories.
For the past twenty years I have worked as a psychiatrist and therapist, spending my days listening to the deeply personal stories of peoples’ lives. My mission in all the work I do is to create a world in which people are inspired by their lives, and communicate “soul to soul” instead “identity to identity”.