Ever since I was a little girl I have been fascinated by the miracle of pregnancy and indeed that of life. I started my career as an Intensive Care Nurse, and I adored it. For me, it was exciting and fulfilling to help people back from the brink of death. Conversely I also found it a huge privilege to sooth and care for people when it was time for them to slip away. It was an incredible time of learning – to have respect for the amazing things that we have access to in the medical world yet also become tuned in to the fact that there is also more going on. As a nurse in such extreme situations you can ‘feel’ when people are fighting to live and when people are begging for permission to let go.
This was a time when I became aware that my passion for science and medicine was also matched by an intrigue and respect for human existence. I came to realise that we are so much more than just our physical bodies. That we have feelings, thoughts, senses and energy, and are connected to those we love in ways we perhaps will never truly understand.
It has always been about children and families for me.
For as long as I can remember, I have understood and recognised that deep pull to becoming a mother and a parent. Helping you to create the families you long to be is what makes my heart sing. Whether it is help to create and carry a baby, help to find the children you are meant to have through adoption, or help to navigate the ups and downs of family life, that’s where the magic is for me.
It has been the guiding force in my work, as well as my own personal life. After 6 years of training, I qualified as a doctor of clinical psychology in 1995, and worked with children and families using cognitive – behavioural therapies to help them find their own natural balance and solutions. I also developed a special interest in women’s health and loved it when I got the chance to bring these two areas together.
I have always had a foot in the science camp and want things to be very grounded and practical, as well as having an interest in what we can learn from integrating other complementary and healing approaches. Working with children and families who were under a lot of stress, I became increasingly aware that there is sometimes a need for something that goes deeper than talking. Weaving the best of all these worlds together and exploring creative ways of working is what makes the most sense to me.