Hi, I am writing this as a way of cataloguing my path into social media. I am a mother to 3 adopted children ( 19. 18 & 16) and my youngest has many complex issues. I have been married for over 26 years & still love my husband! I have 2 dogs, a springer who is now 6 and a year old Working Cocker. I work as a Counsellor and write books & blogs. I exercise regularly ( British Military Fit) and am generally always looking for new interesting projects!
Becoming a Counsellor.
The issues with my son meant that I could not go back to the role as a Scheme Manager for Mencap and having researched and taught myself all about Attachment Theory and how to be a therapeutic parent, Through our experiences, I was all too aware that there is too little support out there for families that struggle and decided to train as a Counsellor. I qualified in 2013 and have worked in 3 schools, a College and set up my own private practice and am an Accredited therapist & Suprervisor.
My First Book: Loving Eric
Due to the daily stress visited upon me over the years, I found that writing was a great way of offloading and resuming a sense of calm – before the next assault! I would share it with my lovely sister ( Elaine) and feel less alone. Elaine convinced me to write a book about my trials and tribulations but I only felt able to publish it when I felt things were a bit less tense and I had some answers to offer others. ( Amazon : Loving Eric)
Lifespan Integration Therapy
Through seeking help for my son, an excellent Educational Psychologist introduced me to Lifespan Integration Therapy ( LI) and I am now Certified in this field and going onto be a Consultatnt ( Supervisor). This therapy helps with Attachment, grief, loss, anxiety, trauma…and I believe that it should be ready available to all!
Book Number 2: Anxiety Workbook
Over the years as a therapist, I realised that I worked ( and still do) on different levels. The LI work is deep and transformational but at the same time I developed the Anxiety Compass. This I developed and published into a workbook for people to use themselves or with another ( i.e partner, friend, teacher, child). This is also on Amazon the Anxiety Workbook.
To get back to the point of this blog…
I still write regularly and I definitely write better when I feel passionate about things! I am a natural campaigner and feel that we should always seek to improve. I am always curious and questioning.
I then realised that nobody knows that I am here! I only have likes from those who know me. I have never been good at marketing or networking ( probably too blunt!). Social media has never interested me and this is not helped by the fact that I am coming into it all a lot later in life than most! Looking at others blogs, ages and photos, has made me question “Am I too old to blog?’
However, I decided that age should not be my limiting factor! As with many things, I think, cringe and then move forwards! I know that I want to have a voice and to be heard. I want to help others who struggle. I love to empower others and assist in them grabbing life with both hands. I do believe that with help, time and a desire to make things better, then this can happen. I also know that I must get out of my comfort zone & learn about social media.
Any advice, sharing & kind words gratefully accepted! Thanks for reading!
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