Tell us about yourself and your business
I’m an Emotional Therapist. I help people get rid of their fears and demons which enables them to reclaim their lives. I’ve been doing this for 10 years now after receiving emotional therapy to give me my life back.
What brought you to Newbury?
I was an anti-road protester in the last 1990s and I stayed in the area afterwards. This was the first thing I’d done in my life because I had a calling it do it, but it had a huge emotional cost and was the start of my journey into emotional health.
How did you get into the business?
Having gone a fair way with my emotional journey, I realised it put me in a unique position to be able to understand other people who were also struggling. I therefore trained up as a therapist so I could help them effectively on their journeys.
What are your main challenges?
My main challenge is how to get more clients. I’ve been told I’m a great therapist, but my marketing abilities still seem to fall short.
How do you manage your time?
Sometimes with To Do lists, but they have to be manageable and able to be completed so you get a sense of satisfaction. Sometimes I just go with the flow of what I feel inspired to tackle that day.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
I’m involved with Amateur Dramatics, both on the stage and in the costume department. I’m currently costuming the next Hungerford Town Show which is Mack and Mabel, due to be performed in February 2017.
Tell us something surprising about yourself
I’ve done 3 parachute jumps. I did them while I was at university and gave up because the longer there was between the jumps, the more scared I got. I’m very proud that I did them but I don’t think I’d do another one now.
What are you most proud of?
How far I’ve come on my personal journey. When I look back at where I was in my life, all bogged down with stresses and insecurities and compare it to how my life is now, I’m extremely grateful that I put in the work and had the support around me. It wasn’t always an easy journey but it was very much worth it.
How would you describe a typical customer and how do you help them?
A typical customer is someone who isn’t happy with their life. Maybe they have stress or anxiety or maybe they just know that their life isn’t what it could be and this is causing them pain. The thing that makes them come to see me is the knowledge that they don’t have to settle for this state, that I can help them to heal. And I do exactly that. I help them understand why they are at the place they are and together we identify and clear the underlying stress which gives them back their wellbeing.
What are your plans for the next few years?
I never know exactly what the future holds. That’s part of its allure. But I intend to carry on with my business and my AmDram for the foreseeable future. I have plans (like many people) to write a book but I can’t say whether this will happen in the next few years.
Which song sums you up or is your favourite song?
About 20 years ago, I would probably have been summed up by “Life is a lemon and I want my money back” by Meat Loaf. Nowadays, maybe something like “Let it go” from Frozen. I’m not particularly a Disney fan, but the lyrics about casting off that which holds you back and standing in your power really resonate with me.