Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been tapped into something deeper, something other, something sacred. As a child, I touched facets of this in church services and long woodland walks. I developed a deep love and appreciation of Mother Earth and a wholehearted sense of wonder and devotion for the Divine Feminine. As a teenager, I sought the right words to describe these experiences, and read for a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s in Creative Writing. I also dived deeply into spiritual experience, leading first myself and then groups into the mystery and magic of Earth-based practices and the magic of the moon.
It was my personal sense of spirituality that comforted me when I lost a parent when I was barely double-digits, and that experience was the catalyst for me in terms of discovering holistic therapies. Alongside my academic studies, I learned about crystal healing, energy work and Reiki, and formalised my meditation practice, which I had instinctively started as a child. I also started attending — and, later, facilitating — regular circles in a variety of spiritual traditions, something I continue to this day.
In the late 1990s I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, and, when conventional medicine didn’t give me the support I needed, I tried and tested a variety of complementary therapies to build up my own toolkit of self-care and support, including becoming a Reiki Master-Teacher and, later, an aromatherapist. Some years into this process, I discovered flower essences and other vibrational remedies, and was altogether amazed and grateful at the effect they had on my life. Taking my love of flower and vibrational essences further, I became a Certified Practitioner of Alaskan Flower Essences, and explored other essence families, and they are still my go-to therapy for nurturing and support.
Between 2008-2011 I was drawn to study for the Certificate in Holistic Spirituality and Spiritual Companionship, offered by the fledgling Spiritual Companions project. A long process of self-reflection, study and transformation developed as I began to fully embody my spiritual presence and provide compassionate, non-judgemental and neutral support for those who are in a state of spiritual emergence or spiritual emergency. Through the Spiritual Companions Guidelines, I was able to bolster my self-care practices as well as hold the space for others in a holistic way, being a compassionate witness to their process and offering safe, sacred space for personal exploration and spiritual development.
This work deepened for me in 2013-14 through further exploration of, and practical experience in, the Spiritual Companion Guidelines. This included those for professional practice, which covers the relationship dynamics with clients and also other Companions, and lead to my Certificate of Professional Practice in Spiritual Studies and Companionship. Today, I sit in circles of peer support and also on the Board of Trustees for the Spiritual Companions Trust.
In particular, I am deeply indebted to the support and strength I gained through the use of flower essences and my daily spiritual practice (including the Divine Feminine and Spiritual Companions Guidelines) when I was rushed into hospital with a spinal infection, and later diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis with Transverse Myelitis. While eventually degenerative in nature, my medical conditions have broken my heart further open still, in waves of gratitude and compassion for those around me and also myself.
Fully insured, I am a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner, and an Advanced Practitioner Member of the British Flower and Vibrational Essences Association. Additionally, I am a Master-Teacher Member of the UK Reiki Federation, a member of the Tarot Association of the British Isles, and a Member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists, as well as registered with the Confederation of Registered Essence Practitioners and the General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapists.
I am currently finishing my case studies for my Wild Earth Animal Essences Practitioner qualification.