I'm an award-winning rapid transformational therapist and coach
My story is your story. We can all change and learn from our stories.
When Psychometrically tested, I come out as an unusual mix of right and left brain. My A-levels reveal much the same: English, French AND Economics. A degree in English Literature, a love of theatre, a career in PR AND also marketing and business and making millions. A sensible maverick. So, I may say that life and synchronicity led me to my present vocation. To my life’s purpose.
Life behind a mask.
Power in vulnerability.
The telling of my story over the last few years felt strange at first for I had previously been the power behind the throne. The publicist hiding in the wings. The ghost-writer of other’s testimonies.
Yet after being interviewed by my local radio station about my life and therapy practice I had an immediate offer to be a presenter on the show, then a local newspaper columnist and then the publication of my own semi-autobiographical book. This received an award in its first week of publication and it still speaks to so many. It’s a story of how to triumph over adversity.
Strong trees do not grow with ease
My values were founded in my childhood. An early illness as a baby left me weak as a child so much time was spent at home, reading or creating stories and poems. I won many competitions for my writing and creativity. I also was an expert debater and highly driven due to being born as a grocer’s daughter. My early years were spent living above the shop in a run-down suburb of Nottingham. It was an Aladdin’s cave of food and hardware. My parents knew whose husband gambled his wages away. Women unable to feed their families would come into the shop and I’d see my mother pass them wax-wrapped packages. I remember the women clutching my mother’s hand and the ‘looks’ exchanged. I was taught to look out for the underdog and fight for the marginalised from as early as I can remember.
A business success story at age 40
Those nine years taught me a lot about business but even more about emotional wellbeing. I handled the PR for some of the world’s leading personal development experts including Tony Robbins, Robert Holden, Edward de Bono and Brandon Bays was exposed to their fascinating methodologies. I sought a greater understanding of human behaviour which led me to train in NLP with its founder Richard Bandler and in hypnosis with Paul McKenna. However, behind the mask and the mindset understanding, I was often exhausted and addicted. My fragile immune system was pushed to breaking point with stress and rich food and alcohol-filled days and the more successful I looked on the outside, the unhappier I was on the inside. I turned to a myriad of therapies – including psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and complementary treatments such as Ayurvedic medicine, acupuncture and kinesiology. Some worked well and others didn’t. What I discovered was that good health is a path we all have to navigate for ourselves.
Thinking that I had dodged a bullet
Life imploded and had to be reset
I reset my life. I became Insight & Innovation Director for a leading Training & Development company and then after a second marriage became Head of Marketing and Communications for International Charity The Leprosy Mission. I spent five years visiting, raising the profile of and funding some of the most marginalised and stigmatised people in the world. I was also a Non-Executive Director for two other charities that got the lives back for ex-offenders in the UK.
Yet during this time, my body – cured of the cancer, went into an early and aggressive menopause and I thought I was losing my mind. It put strain on my new marriage and I lost myself and his support. I know what years on Citalopram feels like when you are misdiagnosed as being depressed. I turned to therapies good and bad. To CBT and psychotherapy. To yoga and mindfulness. To withdrawal and self-loathing. I needed love, understanding and support especially as I lost both my parents and more of myself. Somehow, I got through it.
Synchronicity and finding my life’s purpose
As I considered my second divorce and hitting a glass ceiling in my marketing career, an email popped into my inbox inviting me to train in clinical hypnotherapy.
So I trained in it and added a Weight Loss practitioner course and then undertook NLP coaching (to refresh what I’d qualified in during the 90s when I worked with Richard Bandler, Tony Robbins and others). I was catapulted into a new world as a therapist and found that not only did I have the transferable skills, background, intelligence, understanding and passion to make this new career work but I also had the intuition and compassion born of years of finding my best self to be able to heal others.
For more details via in-depth interviews please go to the ‘In the media’ section of this website. Or read my chapters in the Ignite Book series or my book Reset! A Blueprint for A Better Life.
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