When I recovered, I made a decision to find out why I had become so depressed, and made a personal pledge to do something to provide the kind of help I had needed so badly, to prevent others suffering in the same way. I embarked on a long personal and professional journey and, along the way, developed a new approach to health and well-being management I now want to pass on to as many people as possible.
My training began with four years of traditional counselling study, followed by a postgraduate diploma in psychotherapy. I studied cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), hypnotherapy, coaching and cognitive neuroscience. I built up 30,000 hours professional experience which I drew on to evolve a new mental health model I named Fusion.
Fusing together the very best skills from the worlds of coaching and counselling had resulted in something so much more powerful than the sum of its parts. In 2008, encouraged by a GP colleague who had referred many of her patients to me, I began to deconstruct my own working methods as a brief psychotherapist and coach, in the hope they might be replicable by others.
In doing so, I created both a fast-track training program and a systemised manual for practitioners.