The sudden and traumatic breakup of an eleven year relationship was the catalyst which prompted me to search for myself. On a whim, I had a reading by an intuitive tarot reader who told me I’d be a healer. My life at the time was fast-paced among a creative London crowd and so my cynical – and disrespectful - response was, ‘Do I look like Jesus?!’ Unfazed she suggested I learn Reiki.
A seed was planted and several months later I found myself searching for a teacher, who I discovered in an ex-roadie, covered in tattoos, with long hair, and very grounded. No angels, crystals or esoteric frills for me! I trained with this teacher to Master/Teacher level in Tera Mai Reiki over a period of 3 years in the 1990’s and went on to run my own healing circle.
Meanwhile, my career had taken me into a highly corporate environment which used psychological profiling to assess candidates. I began to notice the pull of inner enquiry around this and became intrigued by Myers-Briggs. Further research lead me to Carl Jung’s personality typology. When I found ‘my type’ it was like looking in the mirror, at last I had tools to help me understand myself better.
My interest in Jung deepened and called me to study psychodynamic and transpersonal approaches to psychology. I became fascinated by the creativity of dreams and the inner landscape. Studying for an MA with the Society of Psychology and Healing I met a mystic who taught the healing element. She knew the language of chakras and could see and hear inwardly. Studying privately with her for several years, she taught me how to tap into my inner wisdom, how to listen, and receive and trust its guidance. Learning my own inner language became an important foundation of later development.
My need to discover more called again, which led me to a take a 2 year Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Psychotherapy. This was a pivotal point in my life where my old values and ideas around spirituality, the Divine, and personal guidance were severely challenged. At the same time my career path was fracturing as I became increasingly less able to tolerate a commercial environment that was now at odds with my personal values. My aim had always been to practise full time as a Psychotherapist - one day and at my leisure, in my own time, when I felt I was good and ready.
But they say that life is what happens when you are busy making plans and the abrupt, unforeseen loss of my job saw me with a large mortgage and very little income from just a few clients in the middle of a recession. Suddenly, I had to develop my practice from scratch and it was terrifying. This was the beginning of my ‘Dark Night of the Soul’. Everything I’d depended on was falling away; I felt I was being tested by the Universe to learn to trust and to find harmony amongst the chaos.
Then help came. That same year I was introduced to a Qi Qong practice (www.taijiwuxigong.com) of Buddhist and Taoist origin, which has come to deeply inform my psychospiritual development. Attending weekly classes and two intensive study retreats every year for the past six years has given me the internal language of energy.
My interest into energy therapies continued so that when I came across the Emotional Freedom Technique I instantly understood its ability to change one’s physiological structure and could feel energetic blockages dissolving as the practice did its work. Further research lead me to study a series of energy psychology approaches (Advanced Integrative Therapy, Psychoanalytic Energy Psychotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique) which now inform my client work alongside the philosophy of Taoism.
Over many years, combining all of these therapies, I have developed and been gifted with a unique and personal approach which I use to clear and rebalance my own energy system, working towards keeping myself at optimum physical, emotional and energetic health. This forms the basis of the energetic healing that I practice today and which is constantly evolving to help people who come to me.
It is from this state that I’m able to use the energetic information that I receive for you via your own Divine wisdom - verbal, emotional and physical - to enable your healing in the manner that best suits you. Together we follow the unfolding of this healing information, tracking its path through your beliefs, emotions, and physical issues, gently challenging and releasing blocks to allow you greater access to your true potential.