For many years I have helped people with difficulties to change their lives, and have been successful in this. But there came a time when I found myself suffering from reoccurring bouts of depression. Everything felt very black. I realised that it was my turn to seek help. My GP referred me for counselling. Even though I needed help it still took me some time before I plucked up the courage to knock on the counsellors door. My therapist listened to me in a way I had not been listened to before and I realised that something was happening. My depression was lifting, I understood more about myself and why I felt the way I did. My interest was sparked. I signed up for a counselling skills course and found I was able to help people in a different way to how I had helped them in the past. I qualified as a Counsellor in 2010. I have worked for Cruse Bereavement Care, and with Bristol Mind, a mental health charity. I have helped many people and have experience of helping people who have a wide range of problems ranging from the pain of bereavement and prebereavement, low self esteem, depression to severe depression and even to those who are suicidal. I have helped clients who have been abused, to others with identity problems. I have my own supervision practice and am a supervisor with Cruse. A supervisor is someone who oversees other counsellors work, they are respected by their peers and is someone who is very experienced in what they do. I have also worked as work coach and I have been successful in helping people who have experienced unemployment through sickness or circumstances into work.I am an accredited registered member of BACP and abide by their rules. This means that my work is of a high standard and my practice is professionally accountable. For more information see www.bacp.co.uk .