The mythologist Joseph Campbell once said, ‘It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.’
I entered my 20s battling depression and an eating disorder.
Talking therapy (traditional counselling) was unable to help me and so I turned to transpersonal counselling.
The therapist asked me to find out the details of my birth. Being born 3 weeks late,the placenta stopped working effectively, interfering with my ability to receive the same amount of nutrients and oxygen I was used to. He suggested it was that disconnection that induced my depression and sense of always feeling hungry.
After a few more sessions my eating disorder stopped and never returned.
Working as a hairdresser at the time, I viewed my work as not merely a service to offer but an opportunity to listen to people and recognise how much we can learn from one another.
Carl Jung once said that “the doctor is effective only when he himself is affected. Only the wounded physician heals.”
After several years working on my self-development, I opened a hair salon that doubled as a healing practice.
Complementing my time with clients I began formal studies in youth work, community services and a bachelor of social work to offer the techniques and insights of contemporary psychology.
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