I was born in England, grew up in N Ireland, and obtained a First Class Honours degree in English at Oxford in 1965. I then spent some years studying psychotherapy in North America and learned Wilhelm Reich’s methods from Dr Myron Sharaf in Boston. I obtained my PhD in psychology at Saybrook Institute (now Saybrook University) in San Francisco in 1977, and completed the North American licensing examinations (EPPP) in psychology in 1984. I worked as a private psychotherapist in Canada and also as a clinical psychologist / neuropsychologist in various public health services. I also gave training workshops under the auspices of the University of British Columbia and in Atlantic Canada.
In 1994 I returned to England to work as a Consultant Neuropsychologist in the NHS, setting up memory clinics in Birmingham and in East London, and working as an expert witness in civil and criminal court cases. I retired from full time NHS work in 2012 as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Neuropsychology and Psychology for Older People at East London Foundation Trust.
I was an Associate, Associates for Human Resources (AHR), Management Consulting, 1996-1999.
I have also published widely in literature: essays, collections of poems, and a novel. (See www.seanhaldane.com )
I am the author of Emotional First Aid (1984) and Couple Dynamics (1985), both of which teach self-help psychotherapy, through exercises and explorations to be worked on independently by individuals or couples. In Pulsation: from Wilhelm Reich to Neurodynamic Psychotherapy (2014), I propose a consultational approach in which the clinician (medical or psychological) is a guide over occasional consultations, while the individual or couple works in a structured way on their own or together.