My secret talent:
Being able to make very good narrative sense of things, to really appreciate where something might fit in the current ‘story’ we might be living out.
What’s it like to be in a room with me?
I’m down to earth, warm, and engaging. I think my clients would quickly get the sense that I aim to create a safe space to talk about any concerns they may be having. I think they would also feel that I have treated them with dignity, respect, and kindness. I also I like to use humour (where appropriate) as a therapeutic tool.
What’s my non-negotiable when it comes to taking care of my own mental health?
Getting back to basics: having enough sleep, some gentle exercise (I’m a lover of daily walks), staying connected with the world (even in very small ways), listening to music (great for regulating emotions), good nutrition, and remembering to show myself some self-compassion.
My life motto:
Borrowed unashamedly from Roald Dahl:
“I think kindness is probably my number one attribute in a human being. I’ll put it before any of the things like courage or bravery or generosity or anything else… Kindness – that simple word. To be kind – it covers everything, to my mind. If you’re kind, that’s it.”