My formal qualifications include..
- Diploma in Counselling and a Certificate in Women’s Studies,
- Advanced Study Major in Child Development and Effective Parenting
- Advanced Study Major in Grief and Loss
- Stress Management
- Assertive Communication
- Positive thinking and Relaxation
- Coping with Change
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training ‘ASSIST’ workshop in suicide first aid
Since embarking on my journey of personal growth and working with and spending time with many women from very young to very old I have had a passionate desire to help women take control of their life, build their self-esteem and feel positive about themselves and their world.
My journey started many years ago when I too felt lost and unsure without a vision of what I wanted for myself outside of the relationship that I had with my young family.
I have spoken to, listened to and helped guide women through many different stages of their life, starting with young women who feel they are unable to communicate with their parents on an emotional level and have searched for someone neutral that they feel they can express their feelings, insecurities and fears to. I have enjoyed supporting them in making responsible decisions for themselves along with positive choices in their lives.
I have spent time with and helped women who are going through challenging times as a parent with young children or with teenagers. I have helped them also understand the grief that they often feel when their children move out of home (commonly known as the empty nest syndrome) leaving some Mums feeling worthless and unsure of what meaning the future may hold. Women at this time are usually reaching middle age and are often at a crossroad in their life. Through listening and being able to have total empathy regarding their feelings of fear, loss and quite often depression I have been able to help them come to realise that these feelings are quite normal and although change is difficult and not without grief it can also be exciting with new challenges and opportunities. I have seen many middle age women embrace life with new energy and a drive to pursue things that they may have never thought possible.
Lastly and most importantly I have spent a lot of years working with and caring for older women who have sometimes had to grieve the loss of their husbands and learn to adjust to a life on their own at a time when they are facing physical challenges and they feel scared, alone and vulnerable. The comfort they seem to gain from being listened to, validated and supported can help them to feel more alive and valuable. I have had this shown to me over and over again by their sigh of relief when they feel understood and the warm hug that I receive from them before they walk out the door.
“A strong woman knows she has strength enough for the journey, but a woman of strength knows it is in the journey where she will become strong.”