I am a counsellor and hypnotherapist living and working from home. I have my own therapy room which is separate from the house here in Borth. I love meeting new people, I love to travel and see different places and I love yoga and walking.

I have a real passion for Reiki which is where I learnt probably the most important lesson of all. I can only rescue myself! It was through the Reiki that I developed knowledge of energy and the power of self-healing.
When I came into contact with Reiki back in 2008 I was probably at my lowest point. I had been through a tough divorce and was a single parent to two boys. My eldest son had autism but it took years to diagnose. I went on a 2 year part time training course in special needs so I could learn more and at the same time I was doing my NVQ 3 in childcare alongside being a registered childminder which I did for 11 years. I thoroughly loved my childminding work and met some wonderful people over those years, many of which I am still in contact with now. I made some really close friends over those years. However, despite having so many people around me and being so busy I felt lonely and had little time for myself. I became aware I was stuffing down my emotions by overworking or overeating. I was a constant yoyo dieter and my weight would fluctuate depending on the mood I was in.
The Reiki training helped me to break that pattern as you have to engage in a 21 day self-healing process which means you have to sit with yourself for at least 30 minutes a day. You have to drink more water as it flushes out the toxins from the body that the Reiki is clearing. The change after doing the Reiki one course was incredible. Over a 12 month period I learnt to really love myself again and that was the point in which I started to realise that I was rescuing myself. I had been given the tools and the knowledge and I was utilising what I had learnt. The sense of power that gives you is amazing!

It was a few years later when the thirst for knowledge was more intense that I decided to embark on a course in Hypnotherapy. It took a year to train and a lot of travelling back and forward to Birmingham and I also did my level 3 in counselling alongside it. The hypnotherapy helped me to understand the workings of the brain and I learnt to take back control which led to even more self-healing. I trained my brain to think differently, I began to realise that food was a major issue for me and actually by eating a healthier diet, recognising when my body was telling me I was satisfied rather than full, learned that food and alcohol should never be a reward but that rewards should come in healthier ways. For instance, walking is a love of mine and if I am overweight or eating unhealthily and not exercising, then I cannot get to those places I really want to visit. Being able to walk without being breathless and be able to climb the top of a mountain is far better a reward than eating a chocolate bar or a pizza as a treat for doing well with food that week! I began to respect myself as well as love myself.

After training in hypnotherapy, I trained as a qualified integrative counsellor, successfully obtaining my level 5 at the end of 2019. 2019 was probably one of the most difficult years of my life but I managed to stay on track because of the healthy mechanisms I had learnt. During the course I had private counselling and combined with the different theories and modalities I had learned I began healing on an even deeper level. I began to understand my own behaviours as well as the behaviours of others. It helped me to become a more compassionate, empathetic and non-judgemental person. I’ve lost count of the amount of people who have told me I have changed, but the simple fact is, you end up seeing life differently when you have been on that journey.

Living in a society where free health care is being threatened, where mental health services are virtually non-existent and where there is so much anxiety and uncertainty in the world, being able to rescue yourself, to learn to love and respect yourself is paramount. If you are contemplating whether you can afford to go for private therapy, maybe you need to make a choice between that weekly take away and therapy, or those one too many bottles of wine and therapy, or sacrifice your busy schedule to allow time for yourself. Let somebody else down to put yourself first possibly? It can often come down to choice. What do you choose? Yes, you can go to the doctors to get tablets for high blood pressure, cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, but what happens when you need to take another tablet because of the side effects of the tablets you are taking? What happens if at some point you have to start paying for those prescriptions? What happens to the people you are taking care of when you collapse?

Everyone has a calling in life and I really feel I have found mine. It seems that the world is at a tipping point and what was once assured is no longer certain. Pursuing meaning and purpose in life is an innate and deeply rooted personal experience. When are you going to make your positive change where you take back control of your own life?

This life is not forever. This is not our forever home. How we live our lives is essential to our overall well-being. Only you can rescue you. I do not have a magic wand but what I do have are the tools that I can pass onto clients to help them help themselves. Therapists do not tell you what to do, they do not rescue you. Therapy is about learning how to rescue yourself. If I can do it then you can do it too.

If you would like more information about Hypnotherapy, Counselling or Reiki then please do not hesitate to contact me.