After experiencing a major crisis myself, although already trained and experienced as a personal development coach, I immersed myself in further study to deeply understand what happened to me, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. My experiences and decisions at that time caused chaos and left me feeling alone, misunderstood and alienated from my family and those that had loved me and known me through my life.
Finding Mangreen and the support of Naomi and William Duffield, through Spiritual Companions and PsychoSpiritual Counselling helped me feel heard, understood and validated at a time when I was most vulnerable. I was immersed in mindfulness, as my rational capacity took a few months off and yet I became deeply insightful and intuitive. Experiencing the value of feeling heard (keeping me just about sane), I felt compelled to offer similar support for others and initiated a weekly peer support group which I facilitated for two years. Providing this safe space for sharing personal stories and making sense of experiences was powerful and cathartic for all. Themes and patterns emerged and these mirrored research from many focus groups on what specifically supports someone going through a crisis. Linking the group to the www.spiritualcrisisnetwork.org connected me to others in recovery from more intense experiences and mental health crises and i accessed new research in the area. Many of us developed a sense of purpose going forward and dear friend and enthusiast of the group, Katie Mottram, co-founded ISEN and is catalysing a global rethink of mental health through her Emerging Proud campaign. This along with inspiration from other paradigm shifting organisations has helped me develop a deep and broad view of what blocks, constitutes and sustains recovery and welbeing.
Working with and delivering the Mindspan Programme helped me get my life back on track and it is rewarding to support staff in organisations to develop their thinking competencies so they take responsibility for their own performance, confidence, fulfilment and happiness.
This has lead to me also creating bespoke training for managers in developing their listening and coaching skills so that they can more effectively support staff wellbeing.
My mission now is in providing mental, emotional and spiritual support by sharing knowledge, enhancing innate skills and empowering people and communities to be a support for each other.
To do this my roles include: Wellbeing Consultant - Education and one to one support for wellbeing and recovery through crisis and beyond. - Therapist at The Breathing Space Retreat for Women
Emotional, Communication and Coaching Skills - Trainer and Coach - Effective Listening, Emotional Resilience, Effective Support
A Listening Project - empowering communities to support each other through deep listening and empowering communication - coming soon
Empowering, Revitalising Home Stays Private Retreats including Spiritual Emergence Companionship and Empowering Coaching - coming soon
Mindspan Trainer and Coach - developing thinking competencies, effectiveness and resilience for leaders and staff in organisations www.mind-span.co.uk
Relevant certifications and courses completed include: Conflict Resolution (Common Sense Services) Mindspan Accredited Trainer and Coach Teaching Meditation (William Bloom) Safeguarding and Family Support Process (Norfolk County Council) The Nurtured Heart Approach (The Benjamin Foundation) Certificate in Psycho-Spiritual Counselling (CPCAB) Spiritual Companions Mentor (now Practical Spirituality and Wellness Diploma) (Spiritual Companions Trust) Landmark Education - The Forum and Advanced Course Reiki Neuro Linguistic Programming, (ANLP and ABNLP) (includes Emotional Freedom Technique, Time Line Therapy and Hypnotherapy) Personal Performance Coaching - Distinction (The Coaching Academy)
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