I originally trained as a classical singer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Sadly, I wasn't good enough to have the career I wanted, so I tried light music and acting, without conspicuous success, though I did appear in a big show in the West End and as Principal Boy in pantomimes - many of which were dire - up and down the country. It was only when I landed a job in television that I found something I really wanted to do which other people also thought I was good at. This was quite a relief, I can tell you. As a result, when I became the leading news presenter for Anglia TV, I stayed for 12 years.
I left in 1990 to focus on print journalism. This led to me becoming an agony aunt for a wide range of publications. Subsequently, I trained as a psychotherapist, first at Regent's College London, and then at Goldsmiths.
Since that time I've had what people now call a portfolio career - embracing writing, broadcasting, corporate work, and my psychotherapy practice.
I live in Brighton with my media doctor husband, David Delvin.
My out-of- work passions include keeping active with ballet classes, tennis and walking on the South Downs, plus watching rugby on television, going to the theatre and cinema, and reading.