School was always very difficult for me. My parents had built a very successful business and decided to give me the education they had missed out on. Schooldays were spent with a feeling that I didn’t quite fit in. My school was part boarding and full of the children of diplomats and CEO’s of huge multi-nationals.
I grew up in a very forthright family and learnt to say it as it was. At 4ft.10, my mother’s nickname was the ‘yard dog’ and I soon found out it was easier to wait in the car when she went shopping; there was no hope for anyone who jostled her in a queue. I was always popular until friends realised my independent ways usually led to trouble.
Despite gaining a good number of ‘O’ Levels a year early, it was suggested that their sixth form wasn’t the place for me. One of the teachers pulled me aside and told me ‘not to be afraid to be the sheep that keeps jumping out of the pen’. I’ll always be very grateful to him.
As an animal lover, I took a job as an assistant at the local vets. I worked with a newly qualified vet and we used to play a game where I would write on a piece of paper what she was going to prescribe. I never consciously thought that I wasn’t being the best I could be, I loved the job. I was often aware of feeling a bit stressed, but I’m someone who just gets on with it, one of life’s doers.
One afternoon, the vet suddenly looked horrified and told me to have a look at my face. I can still remember the moment I saw myself in the mirror. My face had felt a bit stiff, but nothing prepared me for what my face looked like. The left-hand side of my face had just stopped working. My eye refused to close and the whole of one side of my face was just drooping down. I looked like I’d had a stroke. As an 18-year-old girl, just beginning to understand how image conscious the world is, this was devastating. I was whisked off to A and E. As I sat waiting to be called in, I was aware that people were staring at my facial disfigurement. I think that in that ten-minute wait, I learnt all about self- image, conformity, empathy and people.
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Retired ex-professional football who played for Bury, Wigan, Stoke, Preston, Norwich, Leicester and Brighton during a 14 year career. After leaving professional football, Jason battled depression and recovered with the help of therapy and family support.
I remember thinking that the doctor wasn’t giving me any answers other than the label of Bells Palsy. There was no magic pill to put my face straight again. By sheer luck, the doctor had recently read about stress and anxiety being a trigger for Bells Palsy and suggested I see a psychologist. My struggle with feeling ‘not good enough’ and out of control of my life meant that I had actually been struggling with anxiety, although I had no idea what anxiety was at the time. I was incredibly fortunate to be directed to a Psychologist who not only helped me work things out, but most importantly helped me make the psychological and practical changes I needed..
Unless you’ve had stress, anxiety or a mental health problem, it can be very difficult to explain to people, rest assured that I get it. Not just by reading books and talking to sufferers. I really get it. I also know how to unlock it’s grasp on your life and happiness. I’ve been where you are and promise you, nobody needs to struggle with worry, anxiety or other mental health problems anymore. Thirty years later, with multiple degrees to Doctorate level, I’m on a mission to eradicate things like anxiety, stress, depression and other problems from the world. I’ve helped thousands of people who struggle with these types of problems to be the best version of themselves and live with a real passion for life.