I am an accredited coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation and have a PG Cert in business and personal coaching from Chester University.
Before I worked as a coach I was a Speech and Language Therapist with over 25 years of experience working in the NHS. Early on in my career, I recognised the effectiveness of using a therapeutic approach that enabled people to identify and set specific personalised goals and the actions required to achieve these.
I have attended various courses in order to develop my approach including solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, using Socratic questioning, building clients’ self-esteem, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Positive Intelligence, and Coming to Calm.
I have attended the Simply ADHD and Personal Transformation courses run by ADDCA (ADD coach academy) and am continuing my ADHD coach training with GoldMind Academy.
My route to becoming a neurodiversity coach is through my family experience. I have four grown-up children and my eldest son was identified as autistic in 2009. Since then we have been on a journey to understand more about autism, ADHD, and neurodiversity. It was clear from early on in our family life that as we developed our understanding and accepted the different ways our brains work, we were more able to adapt our communication and create environments that worked better for everyone. I discovered my own neurodivergence (ADHD) in my 50s – better late than never!
In addition to my private practice, I work as an associate coach with Genius Within, a neurodiversity coach provider.