Who is Leah Parker?
I thought it would be best to start with a bit about me, so here goes... My name is Leah Parker, and I am a Psychodynamic Counsellor working in Braintree and Chelmsford, in Essex. I decided, after working in London as a Legal PA for years (and after stopping work to have my children) to retrain in a career that meant something to me. A career that enabled me to listen, to be there, and hopefully to help. What drove me to this career though? Perhaps it was a need to understand myself as much as it was to understand others. Maybe a desire to get to the core of myself and to know why and how I 'tick'. As scary as that sounds it is what has made me fall in love with my job and want to try to enable others to have a similar experience. Finding out about ourselves and truly understanding and accepting ourselves is key to being able to function in relationships and to 'live our best lives' (to coin a popular current phrase). Unpicking who we are and what has led us to this point in our lives is what makes this all so fascinating to me.
Anyway, that is just a brief intro for now into me and why I do this job. I am hoping to use this blog to give more information about what I do, but also to provide links to helpful ideas and techniques that I come across. The important thing to remember is that talking is so important in helping you realise that you are not alone. Seeking help is such a positive and brave step in self-care and if I can help you on that journey then I will do all that I can to guide and assist you.