I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist who has studied psychology for the past 16 years. I have extensive experience of working both in the NHS and private practice.
I can't say I'd always wanted to be a psychologist, despite the fact that my mother was one and my father was a psychiatrist.
On leaving school I did equestrian studies at agricultural college. Throughout my early 20's I worked with horses.
Having realised this was never going to keep me solvent, I took office-based temp jobs, trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life.
In the end, in my late twenties, it finally dawned on me that I should study psychology. After all, it was 'in my blood', I'd been raised to see the world through a psychologist's eyes after all! So then the long journey towards qualification began.
Since becoming registered (with the HCPC) I have mainly worked with adults with severe and enduring mental health difficulties in the NHS. I have found that anxiety is a very common ailment that underlies many difficulties and helping people deal with this first becomes invaluable.
As Mum has mentioned, I very much share her approach and having experienced panic attacks and anxiety myself (the inherited element), I know first-hand how beneficial and helpful this approach is.
I will endeavour to continue the hard work and passion Mum has poured into this site to help those who experience anxiety.
On a more personal level, my family consists of a husband, a 3 year old (boy), baby girl and a dog. I use mindfulness skills daily to keep my family life (fairly) harmonious! Living close to the Brecon Beacons, we love to roam the countryside often. I enjoy watching TV (a little too much at times) and films. Food is a passion of mine and I look forward to spending quality time going to restaurants and travelling, exploring what the world has to offer!