Mery was brought up in a small village on the outskirts of Venice, Italy. She came from a very humble origin with financial concerns, and had a complex upbringing, living between various family members and having to change schools regularly. As a result, Mery’s education was often interrupted and suffered. She was dismissed and it was felt that she would not amount to much, being mediocre at best. By the end of school Mery had no qualifications and very little future in her village. She always felt there was something better for her, a bigger, more beautiful life and to have an impact on those around her. At the age of 18 with £200 in her pocket, Mery left her familiar surroundings for an unknown life in England. She didn’t speak any English and had no job on her arrival. Within three weeks she was washing up in an Italian restaurant.
From that humble beginning and challenging start in a foreign country she built her career through a series of qualifications in healthcare, working in hospitals and clinics and subsequently became one of the first qualified Surgical Practitioners, graduating from Greenwich University. She has also a BSc in Health Care Sciences, all of which has enabled her to work with direct patient responsibility in both the NHS and private health care settings for the past 20 years.
Subsequently Mery became curious and interested in body kinetics and athletic training as well as injury rehabilitation. She became aware of the importance of mind-set and mental preparation in both her athletes and patients recovering from injury. This inquisitiveness led to Mery undertaking an MSc in High Performance Psychology whilst she continued as a Senior Surgical Practitioner in the hospital setting. Developing her skills further, Mery progressed to hypnotherapy, becoming a fully accredited Therapist.
Mery has worked with a number of professional athletes at world championship level as well as CEOs and Media personalities, helping them to reach their peak performance both mentally and physically.
She has continued her academic interest and has conducted studies on the interface between the mind-set and physical recovery from injury or operations. Further research includes the effect of mind-set and hypnotherapy on both physical and emotional pain. Her field also extends into the psychological issues of confidence, achievement, phobias and performance.
Mery’s experiences and challenges as she has moved through the various phases of her life and career has led her to develop a certain grittiness and application as well as a deeper understanding of some of the hurdles we face as we are trying to bring about change or deal with difficult circumstances such as relationships, career, financial stability and medical conditions. Her empathy and understanding and sense of humour enables her to connect with clients at every level.