My secret talent:
Making an awesome curry. Do not underestimate the importance of good food on mental health. The Brain Changer by Felice Jacka provides some great research to back up this claim.
What’s it like to be in a room with me?
People often (and understandably) come to therapy feeling quite nervous. The idea of talking to someone you don’t know about very personal things can feel scary. However, I do believe that my clients quickly feel comfortable in the room with me. My approach is non judgemental, equality based, warm and accepting – I believe that we are all human beings together in this world – all experiencing the challenges that life throws at us. Although we are usually discussing quite serious topics, at times this can still be light hearted – a little humour can help things along.
What’s my non-negotiable when it comes to taking care of my own mental health?
For me, I know that balance in all things is important. Depriving myself or overdoing it never ends well. I know I need regular good food, exercise, rest and time to myself and with my family. Regular holidays on a beach somewhere hot are also a necessity.
My life motto:
Don’t sue me Nike, but ‘just do It’ (I find myself saying this a lot!)