So, here it is, my first ever blog post. I’m a new fangled blogger! I even did a vlog yesterday and set up a YouTube channel. Look at me being all technological. Anyway, I thought my first blog post should tell you a bit about Yorkshire Psychotherapy and the journey we’ve taken during the two years of business. Two years, wow, time certainly does fly!! So, here goes…
My name is Heather, I’m am (ahem) 40 something with a 10 year old going on 14, a carer for my Dad and mental health nurse, psychotherapist and business owner. I’ve got a menagerie at home of three dogs, a cat (aptly named The Ginger Whinger), five hens and a goldfish. I’d like a pig and goats but I think I’d be in trouble if I got them.
I set up Yorkshire Psychotherapy in January 2015 after working for the NHS for 20 years as a Mental Health Nurse and Manager. I had reached a point where I needed a new challenge and as I’ve always loved a project, decided it was time I tried my hand at a new adventure. After some soul searching and a lot of angst, I handed in my notice and set up a private practice. That’s where Yorkshire Psychotherapy was born, I found suitable premises (a gorgeous Victorian house close to town), did a few courses on running a business, started marketing, social media and spread the word. I slowly started to get referrals and the business started to grow.
Here’s a few pics of my (then) tidy office, just setting up…
We’ve recently celebrated our second birthday and continue to grow and evolve. I now have associates that work with me; colleagues that I have worked with in the past, people that I know have experience and are passionate about their work. I think that is what is important when working in the mental health field; passion, enthusiasm and a genuine drive to help others. We have a nice little team, providing a range of therapies. We meet every three months to catch up and share ideas. I have asked my colleagues to write pieces for future blogs, so we can cover lots of topics and you can get to know them too.
Ok, so I think I’ve talked enough, I’ll just finish off by giving you a few ideas I have for future posts: Depression and ruminative thinking, men’s mental health, walking to improve mental health, trauma and EMDR, worry, talking about mental health to reduce stigma, hobbies and interests, what helps when life is hard, being in the moment…I could go on. I also thought about writing about anything that happens in the media or if I have a moment of inspiration (I think this needs documenting as it doesn’t happen very often ;-))
Please let me know if there is anything you’d like us to blog about and it would be great if you could comment and join in! Thank you so much for reading and look out for our next post soon. Heather ☺