I have been writing emotional advice for over 30 years. My work has appeared in The Guardian, Evening Standard, Telegraph and Daily Mail, plus Red, Grazia, Balance, Take A Break, Marie Claire, Men’s Health, Healthy, Prima, YOU and Sainsbury’s Magazine. I am also the author of sixteen wellbeing books which have been published by Ryland, Peters & Small in six countries.
I was adopted at six weeks old and told six years later. For the next 25 years I tried to ignore how being adopted had affected me. It was only when I began studying to become a life coach that I discovered what had been going on in my own head.
I recognised a finely tuned self-preservation due to the fear of being abandoned again; a guilt about my natural mother’s damaged life after she was coerced into giving me up; and the shame of feeling different to everyone I knew growing up, a permanent outsider. Overcoming these issues has been life-changing for me and I now coach and write on all aspects of the adoption experience.