I grew up in England but had a feeling from quite a young age that one day I'd like to live in France. I loved French at school and also went on to learn German, Spanish and even a little bit of Russian and Dutch.
During my teens I started to have a very, very difficult relationship with food. I managed to get myself to university, but the eating disorder was all-consuming.
While I was there, I saw a poster for a psychodrama group for young women with food issues. I had no idea what psychodrama was, but I was desperate and willing to try anything to get better. It was the beginning of my healing journey and the compassion and insights I received from the lady running the group were invaluable.
The experience opened something up in me that gave me the courage to ask for help in many other ways, including from other wonderful therapists over time. I've come to believe that asking for and receiving help is a very common, human need. Of course, that doesn't mean it's easy. And it doesn't always mean coming to therapy, but sometimes it does.
The kindness and empathy of the group facilitator I met back in 1992 left a lasting impression on me and she unknowingly planted the seed that grew into my desire to inspire the same feelings of hope and possibility for change in others.
"Authenticiy is the daily practise of letting go of who we think we're supposed to be and embracing who we are."