I love the work I do! Having benefited from Positive Psychology myself, studied cross-cultural sound and music therapy, and practised meditation for many years, it’s not that surprising that I want to give back what I have learned.
In particular, I believe I offer a fresh perspective on supporting people, by combining both my personal and professional experience.
The healing power of sound
I have been incredibly fortunate in training with pioneers within the field of sound healing and therapeutic voice techniques – and this forms a significant part of my work.
Initially dipping in with Jill Purce in the late 1980s, then – 16 years ago – I spent three years studying with Pat Moffitt Cook of The Open Ear Center, New Mexico, USA. This study continues today.
Here in the UK I worked with Chloe Goodchild, founder of The Naked Voice for four years. Today, I am an Advanced Practitioner in Cross-cultural Music for Health Therapy and a Naked Voice Facilitator.
Coaching and counselling (2005)
I gained an Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy (2002 – 2005) and was in practice for 10 years before ‘switching camps’ and re-training in Life Coaching – choosing to study with internationally renowned organisation ‘Mentor Coach’ in the USA.
They based their coaching on “Positive Psychology”, something that I’d previously studied with Dr Chris Johnstone, a leading positive psychology coach, author and teacher here in the UK.
Teaching and Facilitating.
Way back in 1989 I was invited to run courses at the local Adult Education Centre, not realising that this was to ignite my love of teaching! Since then running workshops, courses and retreats has been a constant in my life and I am known for my relaxed yet informative style, holding a safe and welcoming space, and encouraging people to be more than they realised was possible. I have taught in the private, public and third sector.
Not forgetting the University of Life…
A mum to a strapping 6′ 1″ outdoors-mad son, I’ve been married, divorced, had health challenges, dealt with life…you know, the challenges we all face – and so from personal experience I offer deep listening and compassion, humour, and encouragement on your journey.
Where I am today
I created Birch Moon to draw together my personal experiences and training to offer a fully integrated, holistic centre that guides and supports people on all levels – mental, physical, emotional and spiritual.
The Birch Tree has always had a special place in my heart; in the Celtic tradition it is symbolic of new beginnings and renewal, regeneration and hope. The white of the trunk represents cleanliness and determination in overcoming difficulties. Do we not all need to draw on the wisdom of the birch tree at some point in our lives?
Just before my mother died she introduced me to her oncology nurse: “This is my daughter…she is a healer.” It was the only time she acknowledged exactly what I did…and it was the best of parting gifts.
‘I’ do not heal you…but we work together to create the right environment in which you can heal. I genuinely believe that we are held and supported by the Source of all life, and my work is to help others connect with the healing power of that Source.
I wish you well on your journey, and offer you my very best care should you choose to work with me. Om Shanti. Peace to you.