It is hard to know what you might need or want to know about me. This paragraph will not interest you very much, if you feel that you just want some facts about my qualifications. If you want to know more about the person behind these qualifications and work experiences than read on.
I was not always a therapist. And I have not always aspired to be one. My life-experience led me down this route and especially my experience of anxiety. I am no stranger to anxiety. A fair share of my life experiences caused me anxiety. Here are a couple that were particularly significant in my life.
When I moved to Scotland for good in my mid-twenties I had a pretty ropy time. Only after I moved did I become aware how much my sense of security and self-worth had been tied up with things like my language, my friends, my culture and my identification with what I was doing, i.e. being a student.
None of that was there any longer and life threw some big things at me. I was homeless for a month and my then partner was in love with one of my best friends. for half a year I had no job. My qualifications had not prepared me for this.
Hm, a pretty life-changing experience and one I definitely did not sail through unscathed. In fact I was in a right mess. Only my spiritual practice, which included Mindfulness helped me to stay reasonably functional. Three times that year I moved house. My partner left me for said friend. I became suicidal and decided that I needed help. There was a fantastic psychotherapist who helped me negotiate through this incredibly difficult time.