My career path may seem a little convoluted, but the end result has been immensely satisfying.
It began with undergraduate degrees in arts and in science. It settled a while into a stint in high school education, zeroed in on a masters in counselling psychology and most recently, applied itself to a doctorate in exercise science.
I believe this path followed my fascination for the complex, multifaceted nature of human behaviour and health. It has also encouraged a more creative and personalized approach to my practice as a psychologist. Ultimately, it is guided by the conviction that our brains, minds and bodies must work in synchrony with each other. I searched over the last decade for ways of marrying the two worlds of physical and mental healthcare in a way that makes intuitive sense.
Road and trail running only really grabbed me a decade or so ago. Initially chosen for its lack of fuss, it gradually established itself as an essential part of my life. A cool evening on a forest jeep track or mountain path makes complete sense now, as does the open and easy conversation that often develops between runners. I soon decided I would combine my career with this most basic form of physical activity.
My most recent work centers around developing self-awareness at a more fundamental level. My professional, and certainly my personal, development has been profoundly shaped by the insights offered by mindfulness and consciousness-based research and practice.