I am in my mid-forties and my life up to now has been very full and varied. This includes experience of the impacts of divorce both as a child and as an adult, surviving through and recovering from life altering illness, how negative relationship dynamics can sometimes gnaw away at self worth and the devastating effects of addiction on the individual and those closest to them.
I know what it is to experience the pain of separation and loss. And I also know how healing our emotional wounds of the past has the potential to transform our capacity to love and be loved in the future.
These personal challenges and situations are becoming increasingly common and it was the sense of this that inspired me to train as a therapist.
The gift on the flip-side of my experiences is that of empathy and personal insight into the depths of suffering and hopelessness that clients may bring to therapy. I have been there too. And I know that it does not have to be the end of the story.
As a child, I remember a vivid inner knowing that we all have access to life's answers deep within us. As I grew, I increasingly came to believe this to be true, but that it takes the right person to ask the right questions to bring these answers into consciousness.
I also believe that we are connected to something much bigger, and that crucially, it is up to the individual to decide what this 'something' is, whether it’s that higher part of our Self, the Universe, a religious God or something else.
I was first drawn to Psychosynthesis because it incorporates this element of spirituality into psychology in a way that I had not known elsewhere. It is non-denominational and respects that beliefs are uniquely personal. I am currently in training at the Institute of Psychosynthesis in London.
I have always been fascinated with people and I believe, as George Eliot did, that whatever our circumstances and experience "it is never too late to be what we might have been".
I feel privileged to be mother and step-mother of three, whose ages range between primary school to adult. I live with my husband and our younger children, our Irish Setter and a little cat in the Northamptonshire countryside.