My abuse survivor story is about healing in the most remarkable way. I was working incredibly hard throughout my careers in research and education, and then life took a dramatic turn, I had a breakdown. It was the wake-up call I needed and I had to deal with the hurt and pain left behind from abuse in childhood.
Along with the rollercoaster of depression and anxiety that were reoccurring aspects of my life, I had intense feelings of sadness and I didn't know why. The upwelling of emotion in my body had become too strong and it was impossible to suppress any longer. I decided to do what my body was telling me to deal with and so I took a courageous step. It was a monumental step fraught with self-doubt, emotional triggers and worries about what others may think. But as time passed I realised it was a route worth taking for me to heal and recover.
“What I gained after healing from childhood abuse was the prize worth keeping”
My healing journey evolved further still as I had time to retrain as an Alternative Medicine Practitioner. Not only did it allow me to heal in different many ways but also to gain many skills from Reiki, Hypnotherapy, Therapeutic Massage, and Counselling training. It was through energy healing attunements that I had my spiritual awakening. I discovered my intuitive ability and skills to let go of the core of hurt and pain stuck deep within my body. It was a time of transition where there was an emergence of many hidden talents and my authentic self.
What I gained from healing the deeply held hurt and pain left behind from abuse was a new beginning. So in 2019, I founded Decus and its subsidiaries to provide specialist healing for abuse survivors to mend their deepest held emotional wounds too. My unique talents blend many ancient healing modalities. All entwined with empathy and compassion to give bespoke therapy that is highly specific to a person's abuse trauma.
I embrace ancient healing wisdom and also, share it in a series of self-help books and via my spiritual artwork - Lost Dog Art. My literary skills have emerged in the form of metaphorical stories and poems, as well as providing a unique blend of therapeutic techniques that intend to give a new perspective to healing survivors and abuse in society. The watercolour paintings I create intend to provide a specific and personalised healing symbol for abuse survivors to facilitate recovery and transform lives.
“My creativity and healing skills come from the heart”
My strong determination to make a positive difference in the lives of abuse survivors comes in many forms. So, when The Maggie Oliver Foundation asked for volunteer ambassadors, I jumped at the chance. To this day, I continue to be a dedicated and committed supporter of Maggie and her fantastic team of ambassadors at the Foundation: Helping to help make change happen as an active member of the team. I share the common goal to support sexual abuse survivors as they transform their pain into power and get the justice they deserve.
Ancient wisdom and a healing voice emanate from the words I write and they bring new perspectives of life before and after healing at Decus. I share them to help more adults who experienced abuse in childhood to seek healing. My series of self-help books provide small literary instalments that are packed with insight. Offering an understanding of how emotions at the time of abuse get stored deep within the body and why it is necessary to gain freedom from its destructive influence. Also, providing a new healing approach to challenge the mind and heal the heart of many abuse survivors.