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 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 have remained involved in academia and served on the advisory board of the Department of Industrial Psychology, University of the Western Cape and taught at the University of Cape Town.  I also served as a commissioner at The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration from 2011-2019.

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.