I have witnessed many changes in this part of the world, and have deep empathy and understanding for my clients, who come from various backgrounds, and often talk about the challenges they face here, the emotional difficulties that ‘expat’ life can bring, especially when they feel stuck and unable to find personal or professional fulfilment.
My early years as newly married and an expat weren’t what I had expected. I have first-hand experience of feeling lonely, sad and disconnected, even though I was married and had children. This experience is invaluable today, as my clients often share the same feelings.
I bring to my work, the experiences and nuggets of wisdom of my own healing and understanding of myself, my past, and the generational challenges that have influenced my life. I’m passionate to support my clients on their own discovery and healing journey.
Mental Health & Relationships is my second career. I transitioned from Teaching and Professional Development at an age when most of my contemporaries were making plans for retirement. I have been privileged to work with and learn from multi-cultural clients and students of all ages and backgrounds, within well-reputed national and international establishments in the UAE. I have learnt to be open-minded, intuitive, aware of the energy and dynamic of a group, able to create a safe space for all, curious, accepting, and most importantly a good listener. I have also learnt to keep a leading compass on goals, sustaining hope, positivity, enthusiasm and optimism when times are tough. Useful skills when working with relationships!
Today, my professional and humanistic passion is to help people become conscious of who they are, their dreams, their thoughts, their emotions, what they bring as well as their limiting beliefs and defence mechanisms. Through our own personal work, we become the person we want to be. When people realise that they are the director of their own life and that challenges are growth waiting to happen, transformation takes place.
On a personal note, I have many passions. When I am not with my clients, studying, reading, or writing courses, I love cycling. Whether on dirt tracks or on the amazing roads built in the desert, cycling which I am lucky to share with my husband, reminds me of good times in childhood, when all the kids in our neighbourhood would get together on their bicycle and explore the fields and woods around us. When I am on my bike, I feel strong, healthy, and free.
I also spend time volunteering at Sailability here in Dubai. I started sailing because I wanted to conquer my fear of doing something I had very little control over. For a couple of years now I have supported the activities of Sailability in Dubai Offshore Sailing Club (DOSC). Sailability gives children and young adults of determination, the opportunity to learn and enjoy sailing and water sports. Personally, being with these young people also satisfies my ‘mummy’ side who is missing her own children.
Finally, If I weren’t working with people, I’d be a Professional Photographer & Traveller! I’d be a Nomad!
Education, Credentials, and Certifications
As a professional, I have completed extensive training and hold the necessary credentials to provide my clients with expert care. I believe in the importance of continuous education and stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the field to provide the most effective and comprehensive support possible.Read More
At the core of my practice is a deep belief that people have innate resources, some of which are waiting to be explored with love and empathy as well as healing and self-compassion. I'm committed to empower my clients to embrace their inner resources and create the life and relationships they strive to have.
I value collaboration and a person-centred approach in which I offer support, guidance, education and structure while respecting clients' unique perspectives to help them discover personal solutions to their problems. I prioritise Relationship and Marriage Counselling theory whilst honouring cultural and individual differences in a safe, inclusive space.
I believe in the transformative power of treating my clients with unwavering kindness, empathy, and understanding, while providing a safe and supportive environment that encourages healing, growth, and self-discovery.
I hold honesty, transparency, and ethical conduct in the highest regard, recognising that building and maintaining trust and credibility with my clients and stakeholders is essential to creating long-lasting, positive change.
The path to healing and growth can feel overwhelming on your own. Let's work together to navigate life's challenges, cultivate resilience, and create the life you want.