A very wise person once related my career path to stamp collecting. At the beginning of my career I had no idea where I was headed, however what I was aware of was my interest in Life Coaching and self-actualisation. Stamp collecting, in the form of collecting skills made complete sense to me at the time and I can see how this has now paid out in dividends.
This is my career path and the consequential personal growth;
My interest in self-development began 40 years ago when I received relationship counselling at the age of 21. This fuelled my passion for emotional health and personal growth. In 1985 I was diagnosed with post-natal depression and my dedication to selfcare was born. I learned how important it was to look after my own needs as well as the needs of others. As a new parent I read about parenting behaviour and strategies in a book called, Hassle or Harmony (Bennett, 1987). I followed the teaching in this book which was innovative about constructive communication, positive discipline and reflecting on one’s own behaviour as a parent.
My career at that time was in the fitness industry and I became aware that physical activity had a positive effect on my emotional well-being. While continuing to teach exercise to music I gained a certificate in couple counselling and worked for Relate for 9 years. In 2000, I completed an access course followed by a degree course in Psychology. With four young children I learnt to prioritise my time and relied on my already established selfcare routine. Included in this routine is a self-development group which I have facilitated for 20 years.
In 2006, for 8 years, I was a Senior Parenting Practitioner within the Youth Offending Service. This work involved empowering parents and young people to question their own behaviour and make significant changes to improve their lives. My experience in this field led to Co-Authorship of the self-help book ‘Parenting A Violent Child’, in February 2015.
In 2016 I attended my first laughter session and I was introduced to the subject of Positive Psychology. I attended an Introduction to Positive Psychology course and immediately signed up to take a MSc in Applied Positive Psychology. After 2 years studying, I am using my knowledge and skills of positive psychology to bring joy to communities.
In essence I am a coach who loves to;
- Be creative in my work
- Make a difference in your life
- Share an abundance mind set
- Have a joyful experience together
- Make learning fun
- Celebrate the positives
- Embrace spirituality
- Help you grow through challenges
Bennett, H. & V. (1987) Hassle or Harmony, every parent’s choice. U.K: Elm Publications.