It’s generally accepted that it isn’t helpful to know too much about your counsellor’s private life and personal circumstances. There are many reasons for this but I can see, however, that a bit of general information about me might help you decide if you’d like to make contact.
My background is within criminology and the criminal justice system. I had a successful career as a Senior Operational Manager (Prison Governor) for HM Prison Service, finding my work varied, fascinating and I enjoyed working with a wide spectrum of people and issues. I was young, healthy and had supportive friends and family. Although I seemed to have everything going for me, I suffered from depression and had no idea why, or what to do to get out of it … and felt very guilty for not being happy. I was reluctant to ask for help, but finally went for counselling, which helped me make sense of my feelings, my life and to see the choices I had if I wanted to change. I did make changes, small ones at first and then bigger ones, including moving to North Devon.
I eventually trained as a counsellor myself … and I love it. I love meeting people who have the strength to seek their truth. And I love helping them find it.