Professionally…

I am a counsellor, teacher, writer and coach with over 25 years’ experience of nurturing and empowering adults and young people to reach greater levels of self-awareness and to break through into their fullest, most heart-and-soul centred selves.

Qualifications and Training:

  • Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling
  • BA Hons in Philosophy
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education
  • Experienced trainer and group facilitator (Circle Time trained)
  • Reiki Practitioner at Levels 1 and 2
  • OLEVI Programme training in Outstanding Teaching, Facilitation and Coaching
  • I am an experienced meditator
  • My most recent CPD has been in Shamanic practices and currently Kundalini Yoga

Personally…

I feel most at home by the sea and in the mountains.

I love islands and shores, forests and streams.

I love the Greek island of Crete which is my soul home.

I write poetry and am currently in my second year of an MA in Creative Writing.

I am highly visual and love to photograph my travels and experiences. I have an obsession with capturing the waves and moods of the ocean.

I am crazy about books (and stationery!)

I love music, dance and song and am a keen participator in all three.

I am a mother with over thirty years’ experience of supporting and guiding my son through his life.

My Journey…

I have always been a highly creative person. In my early thirties (for reasons that seemed totally valid at the time) I decided to ditch the idea of following my passion and running my own business alongside my creative projects and get a ‘proper’ job, so I entered the teaching profession. This is not me beating myself up for past choices – I was able to express many of my best qualities as a teacher and then manager of teachers, I had the security and safety of a regular income, I had the privilege of changing the lives of thousands of young people and influencing the teaching philosophy and direction in a range of schools and settings.

BUT this came at a high cost. I regularly had to stifle and suppress my own creativity so that I could nurture young people in large groups all day and every day. I had to ignore the crying inside (and often hiding at work to cry) that was telling me to ease off the pressure that was coming from outside of me from a political criticism and control of the entire system of education and filtering through my need to be perfect. A powerfully damaging combination! My health began to seriously suffer and I was diagnosed with an autoimmune dysfunction and prescribed damaging drugs to control it and dampen down the inflammation that in fact was a reflection of my anger. Eventually, I was a burnt-out husk, not addressing the root cause of my own suffering.

My first wake-up call was when I realized that I no longer felt compassion. My second wake-up call was a vivid encounter with nature that shook me to the depths and saved me from emotional breakdown and spiritual death and then I finally began to wake up from the nightmare that I had co-created.

So, I know what it’s like to be lost to myself, and I know what it took to find myself again. And the joy is that now this amazing CREATIVE learning journey of astounding discovery and adventure that is my life continues to gather momentum day by day!

And now I am SO ready.

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