My life has been colourful and challenging at times. Both of my parents had their own problems. They didn't have the help they needed. Maybe they didn't want to admit they each came with their own problems. Together they were having problems too. They aggravated each other and didn't do well in supporting each other.
I experienced a lot of stress.
It impacted my self-esteem and resilience badly.
It took it's toll on my body -
It affected my appetite and self-image.I overcame that.
Then it affected what foods my body could tolerate.I adapted.
Then my skin blistered and itched.I had skin-plug samples taken and it eventually cleared up with daily medication.
As Rafiki the baboon in 'The Lion King' says,
"The past can hurt, but the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it."
I was so tired of running. Change was needed now.
It was time to put my stubbornness / determination to good use.
I didn't have much in the way of help or resources, so I needed to be resourceful instead.
I needed some time and care to re-balance myself before I felt ready to move towards reaching my true potential.
To help me to come to terms with the things I'd been through and to not let my experiences hold me back I started to work on myself and also to seek help. I didn't think it would be possible at first but little by little I found that I could reclaim my joy and it really wasn't as scary or as painful as I had imagined it might be. I became interested in coaching, counselling and different types of therapy:
I learned these approaches so that I can use this knowledge help others to reclaim their joy, to recognise their untapped potential and to help them move towards their desires in life.
I studied while working full-time. During that time I had a mixture of very good and very bad managers, autonomy and micro-management, experiencing different corporate and team cultures along my journey.
Now, I use my experiences and learnings from life to help my clients - people like you.
I have the insight of lived experience when it comes to panic, stress, being a workaholic and burn-out, so when you talk about experiencing these things you can know I understand where you're coming from. I'm here to help you get to where you want to be and assure you that you are not alone and that it really can get better.
What is more, you are enough, you are capable and you can accomplish so much.
In 'Back to the Future' George McFly says...
"If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything."
... and so can you.
For coaching I follow the Association for Coaching (AC) Global Code of Ethics, which is also followed by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) (May 2018 release, web page).
This aligns closely to the BACP Ethical Framework, above.
For counselling, as a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I work according to the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (July 2018 release, pdf).
For well-being methods including complementary therapies, as a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) I work according to the Code of Conduct and Professional Practice (July 2018 release, pdf).