I am a psychologist in independent practice on Queensland's Gold Coast. I began my studies in psychology in 1984 in Montreal (Canada), where I obtained my first degree. Since migrating to Australia in 1995, I have earned a second degree in psychology and began taking an interest in dreams as a medium for psychological intervention. Having worked in a firm of corporate psychologists for two years, covering all the "standard" fare of organisational and clinical psychological practice, I decided it was time to strike out on my own in January 2000, and do something I felt more passionate about. I feel the freedom to "step outside the square" with psychology makes me a better practitioner than I was.
I came across ASD on the Internet, while seeking resources for the use of dream material in clinical practice. I was impressed by the level of organisation, and by the nature and scope of information available on the ASD web site and in print. For me, one of the most important factors was the opportunity for collegiate support in the use of dreams in psychological practice, and the credibility this support lends to that practice.
Favorite dream ever? I don't have a particular favorite as such, but I did have a recurring dream that was more meaningful to me than any other (the meaning took a while to become clear). As a teenager i experienced frequent recurrences of a dream in which my younger brother became lost and seemingly drowned. The sense of guilt and responsibility I felt was overwhelming, and to this day it has influenced the way I raise my own children.
Favorite dream book? Actually not a real "dream" book, but Isaac Asimov's Robot Dreams captures something special for me--it somehow aligns us more closely with the technology that threatens to overrun us one day, and gives the machines an air of "humanness."