My Story

LP Website pic copyI am an organisational psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.  I run a Cape Town based practice offering personal development and group facilitation.  I also offer a career and practice development process called The Practice Diaries and provide supervision for psychologists, coaches and counsellors.

I began my working life lecturing in the Psychology Department at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and subsequently relocated to the University of Cape Town where I taught in the Department of Organisational Psychology for many years.  I also supervised psychology internships and held a student counsellor portfolio.

My academic areas included counselling; vocational development; conflict mediation; workplace justice and process facilitation.  I also worked as a part time commissioner at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration from 2011-2019.

I have remained involved in academia and served on the advisory board of the Department of Industrial Psychology, University of the Western Cape.  I have also taught and supervised postgraduate research at the University of Cape Town.

My work is informed by narrative ideas and practices.  I first became interested in a narrative perspective when I embarked on a doctoral thesis that explored the life stories of activists from the South African liberation movement.  This research extended my vision beyond organisational psychology to embrace a more social psychological understanding of human experience and behaviour.

On completion of my doctorate I sought opportunities to translate this theoretical perspective into my work with people and organisations.  This led me to the field of narrative therapy.  I have trained in this approach and have integrated it in my practice.