David and Ruth Perl have been together as a couple for over 30 years. A chance passing with a 5 second window of opportunity led to an enduring relationship.
David qualified as a Medical Doctor (GMC number 2941565) in 1984 from St. Thomas’ hospital, London. He obtained his GP and family planning certification. In 1999 he left medicine to set up docleaf, a leading Crisis Management and Trauma Psychology Consultancy. He has experience as a hypnotherapist and holds a postgraduate diploma in psychotherapy and counselling from the Centre of Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in London and holds an advanced diploma in coaching.
David spends part of his time as an executive coach and running docleaf leadership which works with CEO’s and other C suite leaders in helping them develop and grow.
David has written extensively about limerence, sex and love addiction as well as trauma and PTSD. His interest in romantic relationships led him to set up www.limerence.net, a support forum to help those impacted by this debilitating condition.
David is passionate about men’s work and his mission in life is to help people become more conscious by teaching and helping others and continuing his own self-development. He is actively involved in volunteering with the ManKind Project charity which helps men live their lives with more integrity, honesty and taking more personal responsibility.
Ruth initially trained as a nurse where she developed her interest in helping those impacted by loss and bereavement. After leaving nursing, Ruth climbed the corporate ladder before becoming a full time mother, raising two daughters. During this time, Ruth also helped David set up docleaf working on business development and running training workshops.
More latterly, Ruth has qualified as a therapist with a diploma in psychosynthesis counselling from the Institute of Psychosynthesis, London. She also holds a postgraduate diploma in psychosynthesis psychology from The Middlesex University, London and also holds an advanced diploma in executive coaching.
Ruth has bereavement experience having worked at a hospice as part of their spiritual and psychology care team. Ruth has facilitated woman’s groups for sufferers of sexual and domestic abuse and violence,. She has a good understanding of addictions having spent some time working in an addiction centre. She also has a keen interest in meditation and mindfullness having spent 8 years co-facilitating groups.
Regardless of our qualifications and life experience, its important to add that we have between us undertaken over 1,000 hours of our own personnel and group psychotherapy. Our belief is we need to look inwards and touch our souls. It is there that we find true connection to ourselves and others.