Those Who Have Inspired Me


There have been many inspirations in my life, but three are particularly important:


In therapeutic practice:

Michael White, the Australian creator of Narrative Therapy, with whom I had the privilege to study for 20 years before his untimely death in 2008, deeply influenced my life and my understanding and practice of therapy. Narrative ideas have provided me with a way of working that is respectful, that elicits and builds on people’s knowledge and skills, that powerfully helps people to be step into their preferred ways of being, to re-member and re-connect with forgotten parts of themselves, and to embody their deepest values and highest aspirations.


In spirituality:

The Buddha. Over 2600 years ago the Buddha taught his followers about impermanence, interconnectedness and suffering – and mindfulness meditation and ethical living as a path to freedom from suffering. His teachings have provided me with guidance for living more joyfully, more lovingly and more peacefully in the present moment. When I share these teachings with clients and students, they too find them life changing.


In ecology:

Joanna Macy, the eco-philosopher and scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology has had a profound impact on both my understanding of the social and ecological crises we face and on my commitment to constructive and collaborative action. Joanna’s transformational Work that Reconnects helps us to see the world as our larger living body, and helps to free us from the assumptions and attitudes that threaten the continuity of life on Earth.