I was first introduced to counselling many years ago, when I felt numb, and I was struggling to concentrate on my work. My employer referred me to a counsellor via their Employee Assistance Programme. Since then, I've frequently had blocks of counselling to help me with life's struggles, through kind and gentle exploration of the source of my distress. I've also had longer term therapy to help me explore who I am and what's important to me. Through this self-development work, I realised I no longer found my work in engineering as fulfilling as it was previously, so I decided to study and train in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I have a Masters Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Strathclyde.
I bring my whole self to each session with a client. This includes the pragmatic problem solving engineer in me, as well as the deep empathy I have developed over the years through the healing restorative work I've done in collaboration in my own therapy, by gently and compassionately exploring hurts and trauma.
I see self-awareness and self-acceptance as life long growth processes to be approached with gentle curiosity and compassion.
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.