Nick Duffell was born in 1949, took his degree in Sanskrit at Oxford, and has been a teacher, care-staff, carpenter, divorce mediator, psychotherapist and management consultant. His first book, 'The Making of Them: the British Attitude to Children and the Boarding School System' received wide critical acclaim, including endorsements by the British Medical Journal, John Le Carré, and many Amazon readers.
In this book he set out his findings of his pioneering group therapy with 'Boarding School Survivors,' as he provocatively named adult ex-boarders, following an article in 1990 in the Independent Newspaper, which received thousands of affirmative letters from the general public.
In 2014, Nick's controversial essay on the political ramifications of his work 'Wounded Leaders: British Elitism and the Entitlement Illusion - a Psychohistory' appeared and has been widely endorsed by cutting edge thinkers and including Professsor Stephen Porges and novelist Philip Pullman. 'Trauma, Abandonment and Privilege: A guide to therapeutic work with boarding school survivors', with Thurstine Basset, is forthcoming from Routledge.
A contributor the University of Surrey Human Potential Group's 'Dictionary of Personal Development', and to many psychological journals, Nick is committed to the development psychohistory as a tool for understanding current world problems. He is currently working on a collaboration with political activist John Bunzl of SIMPOL with the working title 'The Cooperation Imperative: the race to solve global problems and how we can win it.' He has a contributed a chapter on DH Lawrence to the forthcoming 'No Logos: Psychotherapy and the Alternative Tradition' by Routledge and to 'The Political Self', forthcoming from Karnac.
In 1996, he co-founded the Centre for Gender Psychology, which offers public workshops as well as specialist training for professionals in the field of relationships, sex, and gender, with Helena Løvendal. In 2002, HarperCollins published their book 'Sex, Love and the Danger of Intimacy,' which has now been translated into several languages.
Nick now specializes in training couple and ex-boarder therapists and working with men's issues. He is the father of two grown-up sons and spends his non-work time deep in the French countryside, caring for trees and vegetables, experimenting with solar power and sawing his own wood.
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