I grew up in South London within a large hardworking family with strong work ethics (I am one of 7). Like a lot of people from my generation, I worked full time from the age of 16-year-old, earning the best salary I could, whilst trying to work up the ladder of success.
I spent many years fliting from job to job in both the public and private sectors feeling extremely unfulfilled, to include utilizing my creative side, working as a florist and self-publishing a children’s book titled: Pc Rob Has a Very Important Job Talking About Strangers, but nothing ever felt right until now.
It took a life-threatening illness to really look at my life and explore what really makes me feel fulfilled – some would say your life purpose. I then took a very courageous leap of faith, by selling my home and moving into rented accommodation to finance a complete change of career in the world of therapy. I trained in Counselling, Clinical Hypnotherapy, Transactional and Transformational Life Coaching, Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing).
My life definitely hasn’t been straight forward, experiencing clinical depression, a period in temporary accommodation, domestic abuse and a life-threatening illness. However, on a positive note, I do believe that my life experiences have been a major part of my education/training, and without overcoming these difficult life experiences, I am not sure I would be as equipped to help others overcome theirs.
So here I am finally feeling fulfilled, doing something I really love and am good at – helping others. I know it’s a cliché, but one thing I have learnt is life really IS short and it is important that we enjoy it.