My journey to talking therapy and coaching started in 2002 with a conversation between myself and a medical colleague. I had qualified as a nurse in 1987 and though I loved many aspects of nursing I wanted to be in a job that enabled me to spend more time speaking and supporting the person in need. My friend suggested I retrain as a psychotherapist...so off I went to London and did just that.
In 2003 I qualified as an Ericksonian Solution-Focused Psychotherapist, and in 2004 I completed a course in Reverse Therapy, an innovative body mind training teaching clients how to interpret and act on the symptom ‘messages’ from the body.
After just over 17 years in private practice using both approaches I decided to hang up my reverse therapy hat and focus on using my training as a solution-focused therapist to coach people who found themselves stuck in a pattern of behaviour that inhibited their ability to live their best life.
I’m currently three quarters of my way through writing my book,
How to be a pig : a memoir I hope to have it completed and set free to the world by summer 2021...I will of course keep you posted!
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I am currently creating a collection of pieces based around my Shetland ancestry. My paternal great grandparents were from the island of Foula, and some of the wool I'm using is from native Foula sheep from Hamnabeck, the crofting home of my Foula forefathers.
I'm also using wool hand spun and dyed by an incredible textile designer, Niela Kalra on the mainland of Shetland. I feel incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to make art with quality products that make the whole process even more enjoyable.
I'm eleven months into a twelve-month design course with Deanne Fitzpatrick and I'm loving it! I was fortunate enough to be chosen to have a video call coaching session with Deanne which was recorded and sent out to the design course participants. There's a Facebook page for Deanne's design course members and a few days after my interview went out, one participant wrote what might be the sweetest thing anyone has ever said about me,
'Kathleen is very much like I imagined her from her posts here, kinda like if sunshine had a personality.' Colette Clark, Halifax, Nova Scotia, July 2020.
I keep reminding my husband of this quote..I reckon I'll be dining out on this for some time to come - thanks Colette for letting me share it on here too. Form an orderly queue if you'd like to meet me, autographs available on request. I'm kidding. I'm trying to avoid getting RSI from hooking, so I'm afraid your requests for an autograph will have to be declined.
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