changes croppedWhen I was diagnosed with epilepsy I was handed a leaflet and told that the answers to any questions I might have would be found in it. Walking away I wondered how medical staff could be so cold-hearted. My lack of knowledge about my condition caused me so much stress that I fell into a world of depression and had seizures.

I lost focus on my everyday life and for years I struggled to recover. My family and friends didn’t understand the emotional pain I was going through and would say things like “pull yourself together” and “stop feeling sorry for yourself”. I lost my job because I had a seizure in a meeting. The manager sacked me because she was ignorant about epilepsy, only to call me to apologise years later when her husband was diagnosed with the condition.

During the early stages I was told that I couldn’t pursue a career in teaching but I decided to prove everyone wrong. I started to see a counsellor and after a few months I felt really confident and focused. I finally started to learn how to live a new life with epilepsy, studying hard until I passed my teaching degree. Subsequently I became an assessor and internal and external verifier, going on to teach and inspect for over fifteen years.

Seeing a counsellor helped me rebuild my life and I’ve not looked back since. I set up Changes Counseling Therapy for people with epilepsy and disabilities, developing my BACP counselling skills. I now provide person centred counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy and psychodynamic therapy.

Changes Counselling Therapy will always offer trust, respect, motivation and confidentiality, creating a safe and secure environment for you to share your problems.

For more information call 07956 219 843 or email