I made a mid-life changing decision 27 years ago to train as a therapeutic counsellor. It meant taking the decision to leave my previous career as an engineer and to take a giant step into the unknown. Having made that 'leap of faith', I realised that actually it was just the turning of a page to a new chapter in my unfolding life story. I've turned many pages since and i hope to turn many more. Like me 27 years ago, many people fear 'change' as if by undertaking something new and as yet uncharted is too risky and will inevitably result in a negative outcome. In reality it is an act of engagement with the process of life and living. The greatest risk is not to follow our motivations and interests and stay stuck and paralysed by the fear of failing. We only have to look `around us and see how the natural world is in perpetual transition. Its always changing and never stands still for a moment.
So stepping into the unknown 27 years ago and forging a new career as a counsellor actually created not just one change but many others. It eventually led me to train and qualify as a teacher and go on to become a counsellor trainer.
I undertook further training to become a clinical counselling supervisor.
In 2012, an opportunity to become a director of a training company presented itself and Bedonwell Counselling (later to become Bedonwell Training) was created. After 22 incredible years teaching counselling at all levels up to professional counsellor status, I have more recently become more focused on delivering workshops and short personal & professional development courses. In doing so, it has enabled me to continue to teach people who we have previously facilitated to gain qualifications at Bedonwell Training. Indeed, wherever you have trained previously, I am pleased and proud to be able to continue to assist in the essential development of further skills, knowledge and personal awareness so crucial to both a more fulfilling personal and professional life.