Like many, my work had become overpowering and all-consuming and was clearly affecting my home, family and social life. Within that environment showing any signs of weakness or an inability to cope were not taken likely. I reached a point where I was no longer myself and I missed being me. Social stigmas also played a part in not getting help and so my continual response was to say nothing and hide my struggle. I was deteriorating and knew deep inside that I needed and wanted to speak to someone without repercussion. I have always known what I am capable of; indeed, through sessions with Di I found out that I knew how to help myself. I just needed the guidance and the opportunity to be open with full emotion in order to allow myself to understand my situation and move forward. Through help from Di alongside simple self-care tools I have learnt to take time for me and that it is ok to be myself. In fact, I should be my priority. The decision to reach out and eventually speak to Di was not easy, almost terrifying, but I know now that I will forever be grateful that I did and continue to do so.
Article by Diane Pulley
Diane Pulley is a BACP accredited and UKRC psychotherapist and Life Coach having graduated from Warwick university. She has worked in private practise for many years with clients presenting various issues, from trauma, depression, anxiety and self confidence. Diane works with both individuals and couples. Her experience has lead her to work with corporate clients delivering stress management training for both staff and management. Aspire You has been born from a personal journey, of Diane's own marriage breaking down after 28 years, when she identified there is a need to support women through this process and help them rebuild their lives. "everyone has the potential to lead fulfilling lives and i am committed to helping individuals achieve that desire"