THE EARLY YEARS:
My working life began in Retail Management until I had my 2 daughters in the late 80's, the transition into motherhood sparked an interest in early child development and child psychology. This interest evolved into gaining a Nursery Nurse qualification and running a Pre-school. I gained a Bachelor of Philosophy Degree in Advanced Education and became the owner of two day-care nurseries, providing care and education for children aged 0-5 years from 1997-2012. The latter years the nurseries were managed by my 2 daughters.
THE CAREER JOURNEY:
From there I became an Adult Teacher and Assessor and taught a number of courses at a local college for aspiring nursery nurses including an Introduction to Psychology. I achieved a BA Hons (1st Class) Degree in Early Years and was a visiting lecturer at a local University. I later gained a Post Graduate Diploma (Pg. Dip) in Education & Professional Practice, which included project management and quality improvement. I progressed to further study, gaining management qualifications with the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM).
I took a change in direction in 2004 and worked in Local Government for 10 years as Workforce Development Training Manager for Early Years and Childcare & Strategic Manager for the development of services for disabled children and young people. During my time in the public sector, I was the lead officer on a number of Department for Education transformation programmes. I coordinated conferences, delivered keynote addresses and co-wrote and delivered a number of training programmes including Effective Leadership and a 12-month Graduate Support Programme. Although I loved my work, it wasn't short of challenges, stressors, pay freezes and dealing with difficult situations. All those experiences have given me coping skills, resilience and general self-awareness.
I enjoyed my time in the Public Sector but decided to take a leap of faith and started my own training and development company in 2014.
As well as having my own therapy practice, I continue to be Director of Business Support & Training for the company I set up in 2014, offering support to individuals and organisations around systems & processes and policies & procedures. In addition to the business support I also write bespoke training workshops in the areas of Effective Communication & Interpersonal Skills, Confidence & Assertiveness, and Emotional Resilience. Within my role here I am also an Associate Consultant for 2 National Children's Charities supporting with training delivery & group support.
I have always had a passion for helping people to be the best they can be, whether it is my work with children or adults. I have always had a curiosity about the mind and why we behave the way we do and what makes us tick. This curiosity led me down the path of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and from there to studying Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy at the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy in London. My latest professional development was achieving a Diploma in Stress Management & Resilience Building. This was a recognised course by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA).
So......this is where we meet on my journey, I am guessing you are looking through my website because you need some help and support on your journey..... to deal with a certain issue in your life.
Click the contact page and arrange a free initial consultation call, this will allow you to find out more about the treatment methods I offer and how I can help you.
I share my story to let you know that I have over 40 years of work and life experiences, all of which have taught me many lessons along the way. Those lessons have equipped me with knowledge, skills and techniques. I use those skills with cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy, mindfulness and relaxation, together with coaching, to support you to overcome whatever is blocking you on your journey; to living with the best version of yourself. My aim is to help and support you to identify and overcome what is getting you down, or stopping you from living a happier life.
ADDITIONAL PROFFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Stress Management & Resilience Building | Advanced Leadership | Emotional Intelligence | Team Building & Coaching | Remodelling Consultant, Cultural & Change Management | Safeguarding & Child Protection Trainer | Project Management & Quality Improvement |
I have an enhanced DBS and registered with the update service.
Dip. CBH (Hypno-CBT®) | Dip. SMRB | PG Dip | BA Hons (1st) | BPhil | |N.N.E.B. | SMACCPH