I was born in 1934 in the North of England. At aged eighteen, I spent time as a patient in a psychiatric hospital before gaining entrance to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After eight years as a professional actor, I trained as an Anglican minister and worked as full-time chaplain of a large mental hospital. During the eighteen years I spent there, I was encouraged by my wife, Doreen, to write several books on mental health, among them Watching for Wings (1979) and Strangers in the Pews (1993), as well as a succession of books about drama therapy. Nowadays, I am in private practice as a British psychological society chartered counseling psychology, specializing in psychotherapy.