This week has been an amazing week for me- I have completely committed to my own private practice! For the last few years, I have been splitting my time between being a mum to five wonderful (and very colourful!) kids, wife, Doctoral Candidate, NHS Psychology Practitioner and private practice Counsellor and Counselling Psychologist in training… phew, what a mouthful!
Needless to say, just reading that all back exhausts me, so no wonder I feel so tired this weekend, having left my NHS position on Wednesday. I love my job. Let me make that very clear to start with. Many people have called me ‘Wonder Woman’, and to be honest, it makes me feel a fraud. Why, you ask? Because, much the same as all of you out there, I do not have my ‘shit’ together, either. Well, I reckon we all have it together about as much as each other, to be honest. None of us have got it just right, have we?
So, I have decided to listen to my own phenomenological writings- rantings?- and something has had to give. I am not Wonder Woman, I am just a normal mum who is struggling to get the balance right. There are lots of reasons for making the decision I made, some of them I am quite happy to share with you, if asked, but some of them are personal. I love and support the NHS with my whole heart. I think we are a very blessed country to have an amazing system like the NHS. However, everyone in the NHS is working as hard as they can, but the working load is just increasing. It’s a struggle, and it’s hard work to stay positive in that environment. I left because I just couldn’t balance all of it anymore and felt I was running out of time to get everything done. Every week. Every day.
I firmly, and 100%, believe in a free National health service, and free, and readily, available access to mental health care, so being in private practice makes for a lot of questions and soul searching. I will return to the NHS at some point in my future, I hope, but for right now, I am focusing on family, Doctoral work and practice work.
I have decided that I will be available for extra clients and appointments on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9am until 8pm. I am currently in my ‘CBT’ year on my Doctorate, and so am really interested in clients who believe that CBT ((Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) could help them with their difficulties, email:
or call 0759 056 1087 for a chat about what you may be looking for.
Things are changing over in my life, in a positive way. I hope this reflects on both my practice and personal life, and I am very much looking forward to the challenges that are coming my way!