Self development and self discovery is my life journey.
After my first university degree, I worked in the corporate world for 16 years. Yet it didn’t take me long to know it wasn’t a great fit! Although I thrived on the stress and pressure, it was at times overwhelming. But the niggling feeling that I was doing something I didn’t love found me searching for what I wanted to be ‘when I grew up’ for the best part of a decade.
But what was very clear to me was that I was different. I felt emotions more than most, I expressed emotions more than most and I could see a fresh perspective for the many dear friends who would trust me for an ear and a shoulder to cry on.
For my entire adult life, I’ve had a therapist in one shape or another to guide me through my challenges and obstacles. So once I began studying kinesiology, it came to no surprise to me, but great surprise to my teachers, that I would spend far too much time counselling my clients rather than doing the traditional kinesiology work!
After I graduated, I began experimenting with my own style of therapy – using kinesiology to quickly pinpoint the deeper issues or emotions that needed addressing and drawing on various kinesiology and other tools I’ve learnt along the way, including from my Graduate Diploma in Psychology.
My own self-development has always had a very strong theme: defining my own identity (read: not that of which others would define me/how I think others define me). Over time, I am learning to unmask myself and become more and more authentic and accepting of who I am – warts and all! (And the battle to conquer perfectionism is real!) I have no doubt that the losses I have endured: my mother to cancer (as a young mother myself), two very close uncles, dear friends, three miscarriages and my best friend/fur baby; have all contributed to my ability to empathise with all kinds of grief. So don’t be surprised if I share a tear or two in clinic! I’ve also struggled with eczema and asthma for over 40 years and coming to terms with how I look on the outside (especially as a recovering perfectionist) has been a particularly big challenge for me. In a nutshell, I’ve tread some difficult roads. I now draw upon those experiences and, more importantly, the learnings from those experiences to help you in your own self discovery.