The actress, who took on the role of landlady Stella Price in the soap last year, told Spirit & Destiny magazine that criticism of her accent almost forced her to resign from the role.
Collins admitted that it was support from her life coach Simon and psychic Cara that ultimately persuaded her to carry on with the part.
She said: “I was nervous to be joining Corrie, but consulted a dialect coach to get the accent right..
“So when I was slated, I seriously considered walking away. But Cara and Simon gave me the confidence to stay, to defy my critics and prove myself.”
Collins also revealed that she has gone back to a previous life in sessions with psychics.
“I’ve been regressed twice. I was a young girl, living in London in Victorian times and my baby had died… The fear has gone from my life. My aura is shiny and bright.
Before taking on the role of Stella, Collins was best known for playing Cindy Beale in EastEnders between 1988 and 1998.