At school I loved the theatre. When I left at 18, initially I wanted to be an actor and my first degree was in theatre studies. But the world of acting is hard, and after struggling with difficulties in mental health, I felt I wanted to look for work which was more structured and also had some meaning for me. After a difficult process of ‘soul-searching’ and putting myself back together, I qualified as a mental health nurse in 2006. Since then, I have worked as a nurse-manager, staff-nurse, and mentor. As well as gaining further qualifications in teaching, I also gained a diploma in coaching after becoming aware of the real, positive difference to wellbeing that this approach can have.
Within the support I offer, I use my life experience alongside my professional experience to maximise the help I can offer. I believe in a pragmatic approach to mental health issues, so the way I work is very straightforward and focused on finding solutions to issues.
I like to push myself and increase my understanding of human nature, so I continue my professional development through education in areas such as Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Coaching and Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT). I am insured and receive regular supervision through an Association for Coaching approved coach.
Alongside running Essential Self, I am married with two young children, and continue to work part-time as a Mental Health Nurse. In my very rare me-time, I enjoy gardening, walking in the hills and supporting conservation charities.
If you feel you might need some support, then you can contact me for a chat or advice – I offer a free 1-hour discovery session. Looking forward to hearing from you,