I've always been passionate about helping people. Having originally worked in transport administration, I moved to retail and then finally found a true passion as a family support worker for several years before making the difficult decision to finish work to become a full-time carer for my now grown-up son, something I know that other parents have made the choice to do.
I noticed as a parent of a young child with co-mobidities of Autism, ADHD and PDA that there was a serious lack of support and social opportunities for families, so I set up and ran my local branch of the National Autistic Society for 3 years with other like-minded parents and for families like mine.
Then one day a good friend sent me details of a life coaching course and recommended that I try it. After the very first class, I realised that this ignited a fire in me like no other. I completed my CPCAB Life Coaching Level 4 in 2018. For the past 5 years I have been a Volunteer Director in a mental health charity, training to become an integrative counsellor and also working as a Life Coach who specialises in helping people problem solve and achieve goals of all shapes and sizes.
I have continued with my professional development since qualifying, always looking for new ways in which I can best serve my clients. Some of this CPD has pushed me out of my comfort zone but I've kept going as I can't expect my clients to take chances when I'm not prepared to put the work in myself.
I work integratively incorporating different theories to further my knowledge of my clients as my counselling theory qualification informs my coaching practice.
As a life coach I am a professional member of EMCC and I subscribe to EMCC’s Code of Ethics. This doesn't just set out how I behave as a professional but also shows that I have undertaken the groundwork to ensure this happens and belong to an organisation that looks at best practice and integrity as a whole.
I am autistic and probably also have ADHD and this means that I can think outside the box. It comes in very useful when working with clients. I have worked with adult clients who are also neurodivergent, helping them to achieve their goals. Part of this work has been helping them understand who they are and the part they play in this world as well as engaging with other people in their lives be it at home, at work and as a parent, partner, work colleague or friend.
On a more personal note, I think if I could get one message out there it is that our children, young people and adults who have a diagnosis like Autism, ADHD, OCD or one of the many other types of neurodiversity are NOT broken, we don't need to be fixed. Our neurodiversity means our brains work a different way.
Sometimes we all need a bit more understanding and support and someone cheering us on from the sidelines. My passion in life is to be one of the people who provides just that.