I initially trained in Fine Arts and found employment in the specialist Art, Design, Architecture book industry. My intrigue with computers led me into the IT industry for several years before re-training as a psychotherapist.
In addition to my personal, clinical and teaching practice of Reiki, I have developed a strong community practice of Reiki. I am a founding member of Reiki Australia, and a former director on the Board.
In 2008 I co-ordinated an intensive residential seminar for Reiki masters, presented by Phyllis Lei Furumoto, Takata's grand-daughter, and head of the Usui Shiki Ryoho lineage.
I am clinical hypnotherapist accredited by ASCH, a nationally registered counsellor accredited by ACA and a professional supervisor approved by both organisations.
Since training as a Systemic Family Constellations and Business Constellations facilitator, I have included this systemic framework in my work as a professional mentor and supervisor of psychotherapists, Complementary therapists and other human services workers. In this mentoring capacity I also assist Reiki masters and practitioners to find inner wisdom, order and peace that empowers them to negotiate challenges arising in their Reiki path; for example, lineage issues, relationship issues (eg with their Reiki master) and decisions about next steps.
I first experienced "Reiki" during a massage treatment when I felt a curious and powerful sensation as the massage therapist lightly rested her hands on me. "What are you doing? I asked. "Reiki" she replied. This was the first time I heard the word, and I was intrigued.
Suddenly, it seemed, I began hearing lots of conversations about Reiki, and quickly discovered that you could learn to do it for yourself. I found my Reiki master, Beth Gray with whom I learnt Reiki I and Reiki II.
I treat myself daily, or most days, with Reiki, but In the early days my Reiki practice was inconsistent, and mostly used in it's first aid capacity, when I, or my children, were hurt. Yet, I look back and see how Reiki was working silently and powerfully within me - I underwent a career change from IT to healing, retraining as a counsellor and clinical hypnotherapist, and in 1996 I became a Reiki master.
Introducing Reiki treatments into my professional practice brought awareness of the additional skills needed to treat clients in a professional health care setting, and giving Reiki treatments to family and friends. It was a natural progression to become involved with the creation of standards for professional Reiki Treatment practitioners
I would like to see Reiki readily available in health and community service settings, where it could bring support and ease suffering. I also hope that Reiki will be undertaken by more people as a self-care and personal wellness support.