I am one of the Recovery Interns working on the RSA Recovery Blog and wider communications. I will be engaging individuals, communities, services, organisations, policy makers, local authorities, and national government in the dialogue of recovery.
Presently, I am in my final year reading Politics and Applied Psychology at the University of Brighton. The course work engages with ideas of social inequalities, exclusion, government policies, mental wellbeing, recovery and a continuous study of how thought and language is constructed. My work at the RSA is a great match being flavoured with this, and much more.
I have a personal story of addiction that informs my work, and many years as a therapist supporting individuals and groups wanting to engage in a healthy change process. I have as a result of this engaged with many services and systems designed to motivate and support people wanting recovery. The work is challenging and demands sound knowledge, empathy, common sense, and solid boundaries. During this time, I have often been inspired by witnessing the human capacity for holistic growth, and the transformative power of recovery.
With this background, insight, and experience I want to help champion open dialogue of recovery, from a problem that is often denied, hidden, or stigmatised. I hope that the RSA Recovery Blog can continue to engage an increasingly broad spectrum of people from all walks of life, to share their own knowledge, practices, and evidence based information about how recovery can become part of a person’s life, a community’s systems and services, and to normalise the process recovery.
I am married to a hard working wife, have a young daughter and two older step children. I love the Great Outdoors be it cycling, cliff climbing, swimming or best of all, sailing any type of boat anywhere.