Before training as a counsellor, I worked as a secondary school teacher and youth worker in London for 10 years. I relocated to the Midlands 7 years ago and started a family.
I have a long-term health condition (Rheumatoid Arthritis); and learning to integrate this and other life changes, has been a formative part of my development as a counsellor, and as a person.
My own journey in therapy was intermittent, firstly as a teenager struggling to cope within my family system. Then at university, feeling uprooted and alone, in need of connection. My third attempt to engage with therapy, in my twenties, came from a deterioration in both my physical and emotional wellbeing. Therapy at this time brought about a profound change in my understanding and acceptance of myself. My physical and emotional health improved, as did my ability to relate to others. My experience inspired me to become a counsellor myself, hoping to lend the benefit of my learning to someone else taking the brave step to engage in therapy.