My first experience of coaching? As a child I went from being super-scared of water to competitive swimming with a coach who was encouraging, supportive, and knew how to challenge us to achieve more. I learned the value of individual strength, teamwork and a great coach.
How did I come to be an accredited Mindfulness teacher and qualified social worker?
I have always been people-focussed and solution-focussed … from early work experiences I realised how much I enjoyed helping people get things done … and was grateful for the help I found for myself – using various resources for my own self-development.
To achieve more, I moved to voluntary work full-time for a year so I could get onto the course that qualified me in social work … nearly twenty years ago now.
I have had a variety of social work roles since then. A lot has involved child protection and risk assessment … and let’s dispel one myth – we go into that profession wanting families to stay together wherever possible.
Mostly, I found how much I loved working with children and young people and wanting them to be able to achieve their potential … and I really enjoyed managing an Early Intervention service, which led me to work independently.
I love to learn, and invest a lot in training, conferences and my own reading and research.
That’s a lot of experience and learning which has helped me put together the work I can now present.
The questions I wanted to answer were:
– How to bring social work skills back into the community;
– How to help find new solutions at the earliest levels of intervention; and
– How to bring together a vast array of research and learning and experience into the most effective collaborations.
So I have worked hard to put this all together. What I offer now brings all my experience and (continuing) learning into one place. It uses all of my skills … right back to my earliest experiences of coaching, along with healthful eating, healthful exercise, meditation and mindfulness, community groups, and getting support myself where I need it (yep, I too need to remember to reach out and be held accountable).
We All have great Strengths, we All have great Potential … we All sometimes need the Courage to seek and accept Help to recognise and achieve the Best That We Can Be. We can be Creative or Reactive … let me help You find Your Way with compassion and strength.