End of Life Doula
In terms of my professional career, I have had five different jobs. My first career was as a State Registered Nurse, having trained at the Middlesex Hospital in London. I then went onto work for a private GP, helping him in his medical practice. After that I started my own family, and had four children. When they were a bit older, I returned to education at the Psychosynthesis Trust in London and got a Post Graduate Diploma to work as a Psychosynthesis Counsellor. I have been a counsellor since 1999, and became a Senior Accredited Counsellor in March 2015. I retired from counselling work in November 2017. For 13 years of my counselling career, and alongside my private practice, I worked as a voluntary counsellor at the Thames Hospice Bereavement Care Team, seeing patients who faced the end of their lives, and their families both before and after their loved one's death. I also specialised in bereavement counselling and end of life issues in my own private practice. I have now retrained again, under Hermoine Elliott, who runs Living Well Dying Well, which is the organisation which trains End of Life Doulas in Britain. This is a 21 day training which is certified and monitored by Crossfield's Institute.
What am I like as a person? I asked my large family to describe me in three words each and the qualities they came up with the most were…..compassionate, kind, sensible, calming, warm, grounded, empathetic caring and fun. I know they are probably biased, but hopefully they give you a snapshot of me!
Being a Doula, is where my heart lies. Ever since I was a nurse on the oncology ward when I was 19 at the Middlesex Hospital, I have wanted to work with those who face the end of their lives. I am so lucky to be a Doula now and it is a meaningful and profound way to bring all my skills together to benefit and enable people to make the most of their lives and prepare for their death.