Passion lead us here written on the pavement

My work – my passion, Part 1; Marie O’Neill, True Connection

I have been fortunate in my working life to always come across people who are passionate about their work. In fact, I am usually drawn to work alongside them and never more so than since I took up residency within Calm on Canning Street.

To be passionate about what you do is an incredible thing. Even though it can still provide its own challenges, to really enjoy your work is extremely rewarding. Almost fifteen years ago, I left my own job to follow my passion and I have come across so many others who have done the same.

Choosing any kind of therapist or teacher, whether it be for counselling, nutrition, massage or something else can be daunting. You need to have some sort of connection to them; to feel safe and secure and, most importantly, to have trust in them. It’s my view that someone who is passionate about their work is likely to have those qualities because they truly believe in what they do and in helping others and that is definitely something worth shouting about.

And so, this is the first in a series of blogs about some of the amazing practitioners I have come across since I started working as a therapist. These people have not only inspired me, they have often helped me and I am happy to wholeheartedly recommend each of them.

Starting a new year is often when we take stock of our lives to date, what we have experienced, how we feel physically, mentally and emotionally and what we would like to envisage for the year ahead. Sometimes, we need guidance from others to assist us in that process; whether it is dealing with events that have happened or to make changes to our lives for the future. I’ve been speaking to Marie from True Connection to find out what she loves about her work as a counsellor, mindfulness coach and celebrant

What is it that you do?

As a counsellor and mindfulness coach, specialising in health, wellness and personal development I help people to connect more deeply to themselves, so that they can find their own answers and ways forward in life. I work with people 1:1 as well as lead courses and workshops teaching mindfulness and other techniques for wellbeing and self-development to help people realise their potential and live their lives to the fullest.

As an independent interfaith celebrant I help people create ceremonies for special occasions like weddings, funerals and baby blessings, that are deeply personal and meaningful, drawing on any religious, spiritual or secular beliefs as required by the individuals. In an increasingly secular world I find that people want options that are flexible and truly reflective of who they are as they celebrate their special moments.

How did you get into your chosen career and why?

I have always had a deeply rooted desire to help people grow. Through my studies and experience working with people I have found that people naturally want to grow and develop. They just need the right support and encouragement to do so.

I believe that most people will at some point in life ask themselves the big questions like “Why am I here?” “What’s life all about?” and when they do I would like to be there to help them figure it out for themselves!

What do you love most about what you do?

I love seeing people connect more deeply with themselves and accessing their own wisdom within. Nothing gives me more pleasure than when clients are empowered to be more themselves and change their lives for the better!

Seeing couple’s well up on their wedding day and getting to say: “I now pronounce you husband and wife” is a close second.

What motivates you to keep going when things are difficult?

I know for sure that everyone has everything they need to realise their potential and live their lives with authenticity and joy. I never lose sight of a client’s wholeness and innate wisdom as we work thought their presenting circumstances together.

What do you think people value most about your work?

My calm, caring nature and flexible approach, the fact that I don’t tell people what to do or think, I trust them to work it out for themselves.

If you only had 30 seconds to give someone a key tip, what would it be?

Slow down and go within, everything you need is already inside you.

If you had to describe yourself / your business in 3 words, what would those words be?

21stcentury ministry

How can people contact you?

If you are interested in finding out how Marie might be able to help you, click here to see her upcoming courses and workshops, including the last two tickets to her day long workshop this Saturday at Calm on Canning Street, ‘ Transform your life – transform yourself’.

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