Why I Am a Therapist and Coach
My transition into coaching and therapy started with two very different experiences in my twenties. I had a successful career and seemingly happy life, but was also struggling for a long time to support someone with severe mental health issues; it was very distressing for both of us. This experience gave me first hand insight into mental health issues, and I started to educate myself about them.
In the same decade I attended a management course at Cranfield Business School which explored the psychology of leadership and prompted my own further study into the factors affecting management and leadership performance. These two experiences are the foundation of a lifelong interest in people and how we function, both at work and in life.
I held a variety of leadership roles in the public sector and corporate businesses, leading large international teams of people delivering complex business systems, and my greatest interest lay in supporting people to do their best work. When I became a mother I set up my own successful business providing consultancy, change management and coaching services to large companies, primarily in the City of London, growing it to £1.5m turnover.
During this time I invested in my own self awareness and personal growth through periods of therapy, coaching and training that I found hugely beneficial. In addition to training in coaching, counselling and NLP I also trained to Master Practitioner level in Eating Disorders and Obesity, because this is an area of personal interest that very much benefits from a dual counselling-coaching approach.
Today I am privileged to enjoy a wonderful variety of rewarding work supporting people who are looking for
I believe that the breadth and depth of my background and training enable me to bring a fresh perspective and an unusual range of skills to my work with clients.
I am a registered member of both the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the Association for Coaching (AfC). These are the principal professional bodies in the UK for counselling and coaching; they have verified my qualifications and experience and have awarded me full memberships. Both organisations have Codes of Ethics, and I am committed to working within these.
In addition to my private practice, I am a volunteer Counsellor with a local charity, and Trustee and Director of a charity providing child, young adult and family support services. I am also Director of Weightsense Therapy & Support, a social enterprise which provides support for people struggling with issues related to weight and eating habits.