James D. West completed his first degree in Fine Art and Art History and then trained as an art psychotherapist and has been self-employed and in private practice since 1994. He is a supervisor working with a wide variety of practice contexts and modalities including addiction rehab and is also a registered clinical hypnotherapist and a master practitioner of NLP. He is a longstanding peer reviewer for the International Journal of Art Therapy and other journals. He was both an author and the editor of 'Art Therapy in Private Practice' (2018, JKP). He is committed to the development of practitioner research.