My name is Cairine (pronounced Carrie with an ’n’ on the end!). I am Scottish and I live with my partner and little dog. My career spans 45 years and throughout that time I have worked in the ‘caring professions’. This has involved work with homeless people, women experiencing violence and/or mental cruelty, people with addictive behaviour, people with mental health problems and people with learning and/or physical disabilities. For the last 30 years I have worked for the NHS as a counsellor and for more than 10 years for our local Hospice where I run regular clinical supervision sessions for individual staff and groups. In addition I have a small private psychotherapy practice. I have previous experience of being diagnosed with a potentially life-limiting illness and all that that involves. I know what it is like to suddenly be faced with the prospect of death and leaving loved ones. I also know what is like to undergo invasive treatment such as surgery and chemotherapy and to feel your life is ‘in the hands of’ the medical profession. In addition I have experienced the loss of much-loved ones including my sister whose children we raised.