After finishing Art School, there was some unfinished business: for most of my childhood I had wanted to be a medical doctor.
This was not to say I regretted studying Fine Art and Art History. Far from it! Those were supremely happy years and even today painting is what keeps me sane and 'sound of mind'. Today I also know myself better than I did as a 17 year old faced with a Big Decision.
I now know that I don't have the right personality for coping with life as a doctor in the main stream health care system.
I decided to train as an Art Therapist.
My first job in the UK was working with children with special needs in a secondary school.
As part of the art therapy course working in education was balanced by a placement in Acute Psychiatry at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington. All this was geared at gaining as wide a range of work experience as possible.