“I don’t understand, I’ve changed my relationship, relocated, changed career, why is this happening?”

A friend on the other end of the phone, in crisis and extremely distressed. 

“You didn’t do the work”, my reply.

In 2008, I was in a similar place, living in hell. With a new baby and toddler, I was spiralling downwards quickly.  A number of other life changes were happening at the same time – career, family health, bereavement and I couldn’t cope.  I made a decision to understand why this happened and what I could do. 


I was led to books and started to research.


Psychiatrists, critical psychiatry, anxiety experts, psychology, neuroscience, self-help, transition experts. I realised some had parts, not a complete story.  The Key to Mental Health was born.  A book that joins the dots, empowering you to manage your own mental health. 

After training some therapists it was clear only a small number were open and extending themselves for others.  Current counselling success statistics (approx 50%).

I never suffered symptoms again, however, periodically I still had issues.  I was fortunate to work with a gifted spiritual teacher.  It became clear I had a theoretical understanding, however, my transformation was not embodied.  The conversation lasted several years, facing pain and trauma.  

Culturally,  we have work to do – opening to other perspectives, building depth to self-help, family and community responsibility for mental health and responsibility of businesses to implement solutions that work.

Before psychiatry, psychology and various fields of study, anthropologists tell us that traditional societies mastered transformation through all of life’s changes.  Fully embodied. No distractions.  At one with nature. 

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