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This is the story of my background and how it led me to what I dedicate myself to today. From a young age I have been passionate about the fields of Psychology, Health and Wellbeing. After finishing my first degree in Psychology when I was 23 years old, I went on to work in the area of Human Resource Management. I enjoyed my work, however, after a while I started to feel that this area of work was not my true calling. So I decided to take a break and I took the decision to leave my job and take off on a trip around the world. Eventually after a year and a half of wonderful travelling I decided not to return to the UK where I am from, but to start a new life and move to the beautiful Mediterranean town of Sitges, in the Barcelona area of Spain.
The sun, sea and a healthy Mediterranean lifestyle helped me to appreciate a way new less stressful way of life. I decided rather than to go back to working in Human Resources, that I would reignite some of my earlier life trainings and work as a Massage Therapist with Reiki and Aromatherapy. However, in 2006 more or less out of the blue, I started to become sick. I had had some chronic back problems for a few years, due to a minor car accident. But suddenly the pain got worse, it spread across my whole body and it gradually became unbearable. I finally was forced to stop working.
When everything changed
I went on to visit many doctors and eventually I had to accept that I was not finding any real solutions to my health issues. Eventually my body started to severly weaken and I fell into a state of chronic fatigue and depression. It was at this point that I was diagnosed with something called Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a syndrome that to this day is not really well understood but is now considered to be an autoimmune illness.
The Chronic Fatigue brought me new challenges and I found myself in a very bad place where I was unable to walk, have a social life or feel that I was having any real quality of life. Feeling let down by conventional medicine ( which I should point out I am not against, but I feel it is not adept to treat/heal all illness) I knew I needed to turn my own health around. This was an opportunity to pull upon all of my studies in psychology and wellbeing and truly apply them to myself. After my diagnosis I experimented with complimentary therapies, changed my diet and my approach to life and I worked with various healing professionals. My healing process was very gradual and has required a lot of dedication and to this day I continue to work on my overall wellbeing.
But there was one thing that stood out above all else on my journey. Along the way I had taken up yoga and mindfulness and something inside of me said not to run away from this experience but to journey inside and explore what was coming up for me. One day something clicked in me that this issue was not just a physical illness but an issue that went much deeper, one that affected the mind, body and spirit. It was this realisation that took me on the deepest stage of my healing journey and continues to be key to how I work today both on myself and with all of my clients.
I knew I needed to understand this area more, so I chose to study Health Psychology with a specialism in Psychoneuroimmunology, often termed as the mind body connection. I then trained as a Clinical Integrative Psychotherapist and then in 2008 I went on to study mind body medicine at Harvard University. Since then I have dedicated years to learning the latest Neuroscience, Attachment Theory, Trauma Theory as well as ancient and spiritual healing teachings and their impact on our overall wellbeing. I am a trained as a Somatic Psychotherapist working with therapies such as Somatic Experiencing, Internal Family Systems and Mindfulness which means we work with what shows up in the body as well as the mind. Working with me is about working on the whole person.
Once I started to get well I was sure of my path, I want to help others on their path to wellbeing too.
I have had a passion my whole adult life for psychology and wellbeing, but it was my personal experience of illness and my own healing journey that really led me to want and feel able to consciously help others on their path to wellbeing too. I truly love my work :)