I am an experienced qualified coach and group facilitator, with a background in mental health nursing. I am passionate about wellbeing and working with individuals and teams to help them meet their needs.
My approach is creative and I bring my love of creativity and writing to my work. I am currently working towards accreditation as a poetry therapist as I believe poems and stories help us understand ourselves.
The wellbeing story was born out of my love of working with people, creativity and stories. In my experience as a mental health nurse, I learned how everybody has a story to tell and it is in these stories we can often find clues to what is troubling in our lives. Wellbeing means different things to different people and this is important to understand when I work with teams and people on a one to one basis.
I believe everybody is creative and using creativity allows for an exploration of issues in a safe and fun way. Some of the ways that I have worked have involved using photography, collage, writing and walking. An element of the Wellbeing Story is Words for Wellbeing and I have experience of running groups in the community and for organisations, for example, Maggie’s Centres. Words for wellbeing can also be run for individuals.
In my own practice, I use writing and journaling and I am often outside taking photographs as a way of relaxing.
Having an opportunity to explore my current position and feelings was very valuable to me. Deborah challenged me and observed and reflected back to me my thought processes using a very supportive approach. She was always available when I asked for a meeting and was very generous with her time and expertise.
I have been collaborating with Deborah on designing and delivering a group writing coaching project and found her input invaluable. Her creative approach and sensitivity to participants needs allowed us to shape an innovative and valuable offering for professionals.
I attended yesterday’s Writing for Wellbeing session. I wasn’t sure what to expect but really enjoyed myself. I hadn’t attempted to write a poem for 30+ years, and was surprised how easily I was able to write using the suggested exercises. The session felt safe and well lead. I felt relaxed and accomplished by the end. I would really recommend to anyone thinking of trying it.