I work as an academic, consultant, lecturer, Open Dialogue practitioner, peer worker, supervisor and trainer in mental health.
My work is grounded in Intentional Peer Support, Open Dialogue, Mad Studies, social justice movements (including the consumer/survivor/peer/lived experience movement) and tertiary studies in sociology, political science, law and linguistics. I draw self-reflexively on my own experiences as a survivor of childhood trauma (including the ongoing legacy of these early experiences), in dialogue with the work of international networks of people who are humanising our collective responses to people in distress. My work has also been significantly influenced by the Hearing Voices movement. I understand distress and “mental health” as deeply embedded in the social world.