Have you ever struggled for breath, been irritated, disturbed and in physical pain, and not known why?
That was me in 2017.
I had never felt this way before; I was becoming seriously concerned. I went for full medical checks thankfully they all came back with no concerns, physically I was well.
I had to reflect on the possibility that these symptoms could be psychological and had more to do with what was happening in my life – past and present!
Once I became open to this possibility, I was able to be honest with myself and what I needed – and there my journey began.
It was a painful experience to admit that I needed help. I considered counselling; not to have counselling initially, but to learn how to become a counsellor, to understand the benefits and how it works.
It was by talking through my experiences that I became aware of who I was and who I was striving to be. Then, through personal counselling, I learned to listen to myself! To trust my instincts and to acknowledge my achievements as well as my failures, but more importantly, to forgive myself, and others, for the negative impact they had on my life and how I had allowed myself to deal with that.
What a rewarding journey that was ……and still is!
I would encourage everyone to consider the journey of self-discovery.
I can offer you acceptance of who you are and where you are in your journey, by offering a non-judgemental space.
I would love to share this experience with you. If you feel you would like to talk and are ready to explore and understand yourself more, please feel free to contact me initially for a brief chat.
Training, qualifications & experience
Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland Counselling (COSCA) Skills Certificate at Edinburgh Napier University
Counselling Diploma (COSCA accredited) at Interface Training Ltd, Edinburgh
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.
It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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