Peter is a consultant clinical psychologist who retired from the NHS after 25 years of working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. He is now in part-time independent practice.
His professional experience includes being a clinician, therapist, trainer and supervisor, both in the United Kingdom and abroad. Peter originally trained in South Africa and his heritage has had a strong influence on his multi-cultural awareness and the importance of co-creation. He worked in South Africa for nearly ten years, in voluntary and statutory agencies, and prior to immigrating to the UK ran a private practice and was consultant to various children’s residential treatment units. His primary interests include parenting and attachment, children who are looked after away from home, strengths-based and preventive approaches to mental health, supervision and training, and integrative approaches to therapy. Humbled by the resilience of many young people who, despite adverse life experiences, manage to bounce back, Peter’s recent work has focused on promoting emotional wellbeing and a focus on strengths, self-compassion and kindness in facing life’s dilemmas.
Peter is an active volunteer with Action for Happiness – a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. In collaboration with his colleague Val Payne he has produced a Toolkit for Primary Schools to teach children the skills to manage their emotional wellbeing and resilience. He has recently co-authored a book for children, (with Val Payne and Vanessa King) entitled 50 WAYS TO FEEL HAPPY. Peter also initiated the Action for Happiness calendars which are now being translated into 13 languages – the December 2017 calendar was accessed by nearly 2 million people!
He is a member of various professional bodies and has written a number of articles and chapters on working therapeutically with children and young people, as well as co-editing “Promoting the Emotional Well-being of Children and Adolescents and Preventing Their Mental Ill Health”.