At the risk of sounding clichéd, I really do have a passion for supporting people to turn their lives around. This passion comes from knowing that what I do can be both life-changing and sometimes lifesaving.
As a practitioner, who I am and what I do is shaped by my own experiences and those of the people I work with. Prior to my current career, I worked in national press advertising in the mid-to-late 1990s. During this time, my own life took a destructive path and my mental health deteriorated. It was a coach/therapist – amongst others – who helped me put my life back together.
While still working in advertising, putting my life back together began with volunteering for a charity in South East London. The charity, which offered respite to families with children living with conditions such as autism, proved to be the start of my new career. Although it took a while to sink in, I realised that my volunteering gave me a sense of meaning and purpose that my advertising did not. After a period living in France, I returned to England and spent the next few years working in mental health as a Mental Health Advocate for the charity MIND.
In July 2005, I qualified as a therapist and began a 15-year career working for De Montfort University as a student coach and therapist. For over a decade and a half, I was privileged enough to work with some amazing, inspirational students and staff.
From 2007 to 2010, I also worked in the Employee Assistance Industry, where another passion of mine – supporting people at work and in business – developed. I saw first-hand what difference coaching and therapy could make to employee mental health in the workplace.
In 2015 I qualified as an executive coach and in 2016 I set up Conversations With Impact. And in 2018 I decided that my business would be my future and took the decision to leave De Montfort University. I have not looked back since.
My real strength is as someone who can provide both coaching and therapy. Importantly, I know how to safely combine coaching and therapy because for many people their issues do not fall neatly into any one personal or professional category. However, I am just as happy keeping the two approaches separate.
I have a strong belief in myself and my approach. One of the best if not the best predictors for successful client outcomes is the belief a practitioner has in themselves and their approach. Research suggests that clients need their practitioner to have these high levels of belief if they are to overcome their own difficulties.
I make my clients the boss in their sessions, which means from the first session they get to shape our work together in a way that suits them – not me. In other words, I don’t offer a one-size-fits-all approach but work collaboratively to find the combination of approaches that are effective.
My extensive experience means I can utilise a range of different psychological approaches in my work. In addition to my core Human Givens Therapy and Coaching, I can utilise a range of other approaches such as CBT, solution-focused therapy/coaching, hypnotherapy, strategic therapy/coaching, mindfulness and narrative. And through my IMPACT Model, I can offer a form of support that is truly unique.
I trained with the Human Givens Institute in Human Givens Therapy and I am an Accredited Therapist with the National Counselling Society. I am on the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register of the National Counselling Society.
As a coach, I trained with The Performance Coach and I am a European Mentoring & Coaching Council Accredited Practitioner. From 2015 to 2018, I belonged to the EMCC UK Academic Members Forum which promotes the use of coaching in Higher Education.
Away from work, I love walking in The Peak District and am very happy drinking a pint of real ale and enjoying eating and cooking Indian food.
I am registered with the Disclosure and Barring Service (Enhanced).