Meet Kate…

From faking it to making it,

and how a painful gift of truth led me

to my passion for helping others

This picture was taken on a trip to the Grand Canyon in 2008. 

To everyone else, I had it made, a great career, perfect personal life. 

The truth was that I was dying inside. 

This is what anxiety, depression, and mental ill-health looks like.

Who am I?

That’s a big question for anyone, but here’s a few things that might help you get to know me a little better:

  • I love my family, both 4 legged and 2 legged (Here’s me with my fiancé Wayne, and our boys Ben and Jerry)
  • I’m lucky enough to live in the High Peak area in Derbyshire. I adore the peace and tranquillity of this gorgeous place. Although I do enjoy the excitement of soaking up the hustle and bustle of the city from time to time, my heart lies in the country.
  • I’m a therapist, coach (and therapeutic-coach!) but before this, I was a solicitor for 20 years. I’ve seen and experienced the legal-corporate world from all angles, (from opening the post to managing departments, offices, and regions). I understand what it’s like to forge a career in a highly demanding and regulated profession, and battling anxiety and depression at the same time.

I get it…

I’m a life-long anxiety sufferer

and I know just how awful it is to live with.

The constant gnawing fear, the uncertainty, lack of confidence, sleepless nights, and racing hamster-wheel of never-ending thoughts.

The desperate wondering if it will ever get better, and the exhausting effort of putting on a brave face so no-one else would know.

During my worst

period of depression, I realised I needed help.

Gritting my teeth and getting on with it wasn’t the answer.

I found an amazing therapist, and with her help, I recovered from my depression and got my anxiety under control. 

I realised that my mind had been clouded with negativity, self-recrimination, fear and harsh self-criticism for most of my life.

When I saw that truth

I understood that part of my problem was that I was living someone else’s dream, and trying to be someone I wasn’t.

It was an epiphany that changed my life.  Finally, I was able to open my heart, and follow it.  And I felt brave for the very first time. 

I began my therapist training with absolute joy, and the certainty that I was doing the right thing, and I’ve never looked back since!

No Regrets…

Despite the misery of those anxiety-ridden years, I’m grateful for this gift of life experience, because it means I “get it”; I really do understand just what it’s like to live this way, and that’s why I’m so passionate about helping others with their journey towards recovery. 

And it means that I can assure you with confidence and experience; when you take the right steps to deal with it and overcome anxiety, your life becomes limitless.

I want you to know how amazing it is to feel confident and in control

  • of your emotions
  • of your thoughts
  • of your life

I want for you to experience the moment where you truly believe, perhaps for the first time, that

Change Is Possible

and then make that change your new reality.

Compassionate Practicality – my Guiding Principle

It is what it sounds like, but especially, it’s this…

  • Flexible, individual approach
  • Practical solutions
  • Acceptance and understanding
  • Handling emotions gently and sensitively
  • Positive change

Are We a Good Fit?

We might not be if

  • you’re not willing to do some work for yourself outside of our sessions
  • you’re not ready to reconnect deeply with yourself and your feelings
  • you want a “quick fix”
  • you’re not committed to long term change

If this is you, it will probably mean I’m not the right person to help you on your healing journey.

We definitely are if

  • you’re ready to do the work with me, and practice what you learn outside of our sessions
  • you are willing to look inside of yourself and discover what’s really going on
  • you’re ready to embrace long term and positive change

If this is you, then it’s likely we’ll work really well together.  I can’t wait to connect with you!