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 coaching; counseling; conflict mediation and group facilitation.

Supervision is central to my work and I have been running career and practice development processes since 2010 (The Practice Diaries).  I also served as a commissioner at The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration from 2011-2019.

I began my working life lecturing 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.  My academic areas included counseling; vocational development; conflict mediation; workplace justice and process facilitation.   I also supervised psychology internships and held a student counselor portfolio.  I am still involved in academia having served on the advisory board of the Department of Industrial Psychology, University of the Western Cape and teaching 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.