I’ve taken a long time to arrive at this point. There have many twists and turns along the track. Sometimes I’ve been in the desert, surviving on bread and raisins, drinking ice-clear water. At other times I’ve feasted and made plump with happiness.
My greatest challenges have arisen through the experience of loss of many different kinds. While some of these losses and the sorrows have knocked me for six, utterly unseated me, or threatened to do so, other losses have felt more manageable, far less threatening and overwhelming, and I’ve stayed on my feet.
I was ordained to the ministry of The Church of England in the middle ’80’s, when it was very unfashionable and threatening to the establishment to take this step. In the early 90’s I was one of the first 32 Women in the Church of England to be ordained as a Priest. We caused waves in those days, and experienced all types of bigotry, misogyny, prejudice, ignorance, as well as rapturous welcome from those for whom our new role was long awaited, good and right.
A golden thread in my Church work was a deep commitment to the healing ministry of the Church. This influenced my daily work in the parishes where I worked. Caring for the sick, the lonely and forgotten, the dying and the bereaved formed the bedrock of my service. Sadly, the Church seems to have set aside the ancient gift, skill and blessing of the Healing Ministry. It was this thread which led me to work in the NHS as a Healthcare Chaplain. There, I was able to work at greater depth with people at times of need, of beginnings and of endings.
During this time I studied Psychodynamic Therapy at Diploma level. This was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I learnt a great deal about myself while gathering knowledge and skills to enable me to work in greater depth and deep intuition with the people in my care. Recently, through training as a Life Coach, I found both a contrast to and an ally of Counselling: sometimes I use a little Counselling in Life Coaching and some Life Coaching in Counselling… it works!
Over the last few years I’ve taken my leave of formal Christianity and taken a Shamanic path, one which I find to be utterly joyous, enlivening and deeply relevant to our world’s and our personal needs and distress. I undertook a Shamanic Apprenticeship Certificate Course in 2007 and continue to study and grow in an amazing way of life.
If you would like an initial conversation about Counselling, Life Coaching, Shamanic Healing and Soul Retrieval then please get in touch with me.
The Shamanic Path
My Qualifications include a first Degree in English Literature & Language; a Diploma in Theology; a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from the Westminster Pastoral Foundation, a Certificate in Life Coaching accredited by the International Coaching Federation, and Certification as a Shamanic Practitioner.
I welcome and take seriously a person’s search for spiritual meaning and purpose for their lives, and, where appropriate, I encourage clients to talk about their spirituality, spiritual experience and searching (whether or not this is rooted within a particular faith tradition) as an important part of the Counselling relationship and healing process.
Through my work in the areas of Counselling, healing and personal growth for over 30 years I’ve gathered rich experience and understanding. To every therapeutic relationship I offer my long experience, my wisdom, warmth, deep intuition, and ongoing professional development.
Having left the main track of formal religion now (while remaining utterly open to my former religious home) and, rather to my surprise and delight, I’m treading a Shamanic path now, one which I find to be utterly joyous, enlivening and deeply relevant to our personal needs and distress. In 2016 I undertook a Shamanic Apprenticeship Course, and continue to study and grow in this way of life.
I live in Exeter with my beloved dogs with whom I relish long walks along the local Rivers, and in the woods, or by the Sea.
If you would like an initial conversation about any of the therapeutic, healing resources which I offer – Counselling, Life Coaching, Shamanic Healing and Soul Retrieval – then please get in touch with me.