This website first went live as "mindinfo.co.uk" in 2000 primarily for in-patients of Albecq Ward (where I was working at the time) and other service users at the Castel Hospital, including the Day Centre, in Guernsey (Channel Islands). Service users often asked where they could find information about various conditions or treatment. I developed a list of relevant websites, but I decided it would be far easier to direct them to one webpage, which contained the links to all those other sites. So "mindinfo" was born.
The website has grown steadily over the years, and was rebranded as "get.gg" in 2008 when Mind (the UK national mental health charity) requested that I change the name of the site. I used that opportunity to completely overhaul the site to become CBT focused, reflecting the changes in my own practice. The more descriptive web domain name "getselfhelp.co.uk" was added in 2009.
I initially qualified as a registered general nurse in 1981 (Dorset), then as a mental health nurse in 1985 (Exeter). I moved back home to Guernsey after a couple of years teaching sailing in Dartmouth, and have since worked mostly in adult acute mental health settings, using a variety of psychotherapeutic techniques, in individual and group work.
Most of my professional practice is in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (Certificate in CBT, Salford 2006/7) and post-graduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy for Severe Mental Health Problems, (University of Southampton 2007/8). During the same period, I completed an Advanced Diploma in Nursing Studies (Mental Health) with University of Derby (2006-8).
I also have practitioner-level qualifications in Hypnotherapy (Insight Natural Health, GHR), Meridian Energy Therapies (Association of Meridian Energy Therapies), and Eye-Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) (EMDR Workshops), and have completed brief courses in Solution Focused Therapy, Life Coaching, and Colour Therapy.
I recently retired from clinical practice in January 2021 and am therefore no longer registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). I am taking a "leave of absence" but remain accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).