I was not necessarily unhappy, although I was certainly within my comfort zone. In my mid 20’s, I started to ask myself why? Why do I think negatively about myself? Why do I do certain things? Who am I? Is this all that I am?
I started to meet more people, moved from the North East to the North West and decided to follow my dreams. I got curious about human behaviours and how the mind functions. This was my passion I soon realised. I started to search for answers for myself.
This started my journey to train as a counsellor and I then studied Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Through my training, I was able to explore my own thinking and behaviours, so I can put my hand on my heart and be authentic to the services that I offer.
During my 25-year career in the NHS, I worked in many roles supporting people’s wellbeing. I worked as a counsellor alongside GP’s with patients suffering with issues such as anxiety, depression, OCD, self-harm. I specialised in drug and alcohol addition, domestic abuse and safeguarding. I also spent time working with young people.
I was then introduced to Neuro-Linguistic Programming and this helped me to further develop my own confidence and self-belief. This prompted me to leave the security of the NHS, with the permanent post and the pension to branch out and go at it alone. This was the ultimate test of me believing in myself and was my defining moment when I was doing what was right for me.