Counselling became my career after seeing how life-changing and powerful it can be when you finally find your voice. After overcoming many difficult hurdles in my own life, my emotional resilience gage was empty. I needed someone to talk to and this led me to professional, empathic and non-judgmental support with a counsellor. By working through my life experiences one step at a time, I finally came out of the fog and saw my true-self for the very first time and I liked it. I was no longer a victim, but had shown myself that I was now a survivor.
No one should feel defined by their past experiences; good or bad. Sometimes life isn't in our control, but it's how we move forward from these chapters that count. I am known for the mantra 'onwards & upwards'. We are only human and can't predict what will come our way; however we can choose to process the journey of where we have been, regain our strength and see how we can move forwards, no matter what has been placed in our path.
My professional training led me to complete my Diploma in Humanistic Counselling from the University of Chichester. I have worked within University and NHS counselling services. I actively attend professional career development seminars / webinars, to benefit my client work.I hold my 'Introduction to Mindfulness (MBSR) Certificate'. This enables me to incorporate mindfulness techniques within sessions with my clients when it is suitable. I am also the founder and creator of the wellbeing blog #refresh.
Self- care is vital for both clients and counsellors. My own wellbeing is extremely important to me. I relax by exercising, reading, meditating and walking my dog. I have also been known to burst into a song or two when I am really stressed! By boosting both your mental and physical health, things can only improve for the better.