My Personal StoryI was born in East London in 1963. As a child and young adult I battled with chronic depression, fear and anxiety. I grew up in a family who endured poor mental health, personality disorders and addiction issues. By the time I was 25 I was the mother of two children; struggling to be a parent and take care of myself. I never felt 'good enough' and didn't like myself at all.
For many years I grappled with who I was and what I really wanted in life, I was very unhappy. Life felt very harsh and pointless. I seemed to drift from one life mistake into another. In my late 20's I decided to go into therapy. This was the turning point for me and for many years I attended both individual psychotherapy and group therapy, slowly I began to understand where I was 'going wrong' and learnt how to pay better attention to myself and to my life. I started to understand myself and recognise why and where I had got lost in life. Through developing my self-awareness and building life skills I became clear and focused so became better equipped to completely turn my life around.
Aged 35 I began to recognise a purpose for my life and decided to 'use' my painful life experiences to build a 'happier' future for myself. It was then I decided to train as a counsellor. I had a desire to share and 'pass on' what I had learnt through my own mistakes. My career moved very fast and I was promoted several times until I finally became the service and development manager of two separate rehabs. I ran a very successful private practice for many years, working with individuals and facilitating therapy groups.
During 2015 to 2018 I lived in Tenerife and travelled with my practice, working with clients around the world.
In September 2018 I moved back to Buckinghamshire in the UK, I needed and wanted to be closer to those I love, especially my three young Grandchildren.
I endeavour to continue my own personal journey of growth and self-awareness; learning how to love myself, face my shadow, build healthier relationships, appreciate and fully engage in life. This I believe is ‘Soulwork’.
Since 2001 I have held a private counselling practice; been service / development manager for two drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment services based in central London.
During 2017 to 2018 I was COO for a Swiss Rehab Clinic.
I travel globally as a client "live in" case manager, having worked with clients in Switzerland, Majorca, The Middle East and the UK.
For more information about my professional experience please go to my Linkedin profile HERE