Verna Lyus was born and grew up on the Caribbean island of Trinidad & Tobago. She arrived in the UK, aged 19, to pursue a career in nursing. Her career has taken her on a journey through nursing, midwifery, a degree in psychology, teaching, an MA in Educational Guidance and becoming a head of department at an FE college. She writes: “All of this increased my curiosity about the recurring patterns of emotional difficulties in human behaviour, including my own. Psychology was but a window, psychotherapy demanded my attention. The MSc Integrative Psychotherapy course allowed me to understand my developmental narrative and find the frame that speaks to me. My integration comes through a developmental, humanistic, psychodynamic and transpersonal lens that provides me with a secure base from which to meet the other and to understand their journey”.