I came to the world of psychotherapy and counselling relatively late on. It was not my first career: I spent 25 plus years working in corporate life, doing a range of jobs, in a variety of roles, some of which I loved and some of which I hated. I worked with people from all walks of life and very quickly grasped the fundamentals of the role work plays in people's lives - from earning a living to survive to realising ambition and purpose. I also saw the strain and tension that work placed on our lives, including my own. Organisations and companies can be great places to be, creating the possibility of lifelong friendships and relationships: but they can also be toxic, conflict ridden and highly stressful which can take their toll on our psychological welfare. Working as a coach now, it remains extremely important to me to help people find a real sense of meaning in what they do and be able to navigate through the conflicts and challenges that working life presents us. We spend a great deal of time at work and we deserve to see it more than just as a painful way of existing between the hours when we are not at home.
In 2000 I started a journey towards becoming a counsellor and psychotherapist, which saw me graduate in 2007 with an MA and Advanced Diploma from Regents University in London, as well as establishing my own business. In working as a therapist, I draw on all my experiences in life when engaging with the people sitting opposite me, not just my training, but my critical life experiences too; of love, of loss, of friendship, of caring for others, of feeling lost, of feeling proud of my achievements, of nurturing youngsters, being a source of wisdom and compassion as well as an innocent and at times a complete idiot. Of the urban and the rural, of the fascinations of travelling and the comforts of staying at home.
I should also mention my trusted and adorable accomplice in my work as a therapist - my dog, Travis, a golden retriever. He greets the clients as they arrive and keeps them company in ways I could never do. He offers pure unconditional love, coupled with the desire for the occasional dog biscuit. Of course, not everyone likes dogs, and that's OK too. I ask when you first enquire about therapy and if you are uncomfortable, Travis finds a different place to be dog like for the time we are together in the therapy session. I work from a small, old mill workers cottage on Holmwood Common. It is very rural, peaceful and hopefully a place of calm as we explore, enquire and sit with the issues in living that clients bring
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