I re-trained as a psychotherapist alongside a busy project management career. This happened because my interests began to shift – I was less interested in the technical details of high value projects and more and more fascinated by how my colleagues and I functioned psychologically as individuals and teams in the process of doing our work.
I am interested in how we navigate the constantly changing landscapes of our lives. I am interested in the way our psychological health is a by-product of the ability to seek and find meaning and sense of connectedness within a wider personal, social and environmental network.
Some changes are within our control. Many changes feel unwanted and imposed and this can make them difficult to manage. Whether they are changes in circumstances, emotional, mental or physical wellbeing, or all of these simultaneously, they tend to affect us physically, emotionally and mentally. They call for a closer look as they rarely go away permanently by themselves.
They can affect us on multiple levels and at times in incomprehensible ways.
My role as a counsellor and psychotherapist is to help navigate changes and experiences that may be baffling, upsetting, confusing, and find a meaningful way forward.
I have had the privilege of working with clients going through tough times at different stages of their lives. The therapy room becomes a place to which they can bring their entire experience without exception.
As one client put it “you are going to get all of me here, you know” (quoted with permission) and, as a psychotherapist this is something that I hope for.