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My writing experience can be explored on other pages on this website.

Here you can find out the rest of my professional background and experience.

Health & Wellbeing

  • Complementary therapist and wellness coach with over 25 years’ experience.
  • Guest positions: Learning Skills Council (reflexology, nutrition, resilience management) – Holland & Barrett (reflexology) – Brighton & Hove City Council (resilience coach for the Ninelives Campaign).
  • Designed and delivered wellbeing courses for: Sussex Hospital Trust – Sussex Career Services – WEA – University of Sussex (Centre for Continuing Education) – University of Sussex (liberal education) – Sussex Down College – Breast Cancer Care Charity – Brighton and Hove City College – International Stress Management Association – Business & Professional Women – Seeboard – Social Service Family Centres – Dryad

Wellness charities:

  • Turning Point (provision of wellbeing coaching resources and training of NHS nurses in wellbeing coaching)
  • Aspirations Active (training and development coach)
  • International Stress Management Association (stress advisor for National Stress Awareness Day 2008 and business coach)
  • MIND (staff training in stress management)
  • Tinnitus Association (workshop delivery to service users)
  • Director of Studies for Wellness Professionals at Work covering the design and delivery of accredited qualification courses and CPD opportunities.
  • Supervision of students, tutors, complementary therapists and nurses on health-related courses.
  • Trained personnel to qualification level in wellness coaching/resilience management who have worked for; West Sussex County Council – Protocol Skills – Ford Motor Company – Priory Group – South Downs NHS Health Trust – Travellers Worldwide – American Express – Tower Hamlets Council – Brighton & Hove City Council – University of Sussex – Emirates Airlines.

Cancer experience:

  • Breast Cancer Care (workshop delivery to service users)
  • Nigel Porter Unit, Royal Sussex County Hospital. For nine years, I was a complementary therapist with the unit working with breast cancer clients at diagnosis, pre, and post-surgery stages. I supported women through hormone treatment, chemotherapy, and I wrote a series of patient newsletters for the unit and facilitated a therapeutic writing group for the unit working with women at all stages of breast cancer.
  • Visiting lecturer at Institute of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Brighton (Cancer Nursing Pathway Course)
  • I have been a complementary therapist with the Sussex Cancer Centre, Royal Sussex County Hospital
  • Visiting speaker/facilitator on nutrition, visualization, and relaxation for Breast Cancer Care
  • I have been a complementary therapist on a Clinical Study of HRT in Women being treated for Breast Cancer at the Sussex Cancer Centre, Royal Sussex County Hospital
  • Coaching NHS staff in using imagery for pre-surgery anxiety.

Career & Small Business Coaching

  • Business start-up mentor and group trainer with Let’s Do Business Group (NEA Scheme).
  • Consultancy work with private clients for business start-up and business development
  • Designed and delivered career and small business courses for: Sussex Career Services – WEA – University of Sussex (Centre for Continuing Education) – Sussex Down College – Brighton and Hove City College – Business & Professional Women – Social Service Family Centres – Open University – British Gas – Lewes Prison – University of Sussex (liberal education) – Seeboard – Tomorrow’s People (government employment initiatives) – BH Ltd (government employment initiatives) – Let’s Do Business Group.
  • Project manager of European Social Fund Project on Rural Access in Sussex delivering career and personal development, IT and literacy; co-ordination of adult students and supervising tutors (University of Sussex)
  • Manager of the career development center; delivering government guidance programmes, coaching sessions.

Qualifications

NVQ 4 in Guidance – TDLB Units D32, D33, A22, C21, C23 and C27 – Certificate in Education – Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Advanced Diploma in Professional Stress Management – RSA Certificate in Counselling Skills in the Development of Learning – Practitioner Certificate in Reflexology – Certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner – Diploma in Nutrition – CPD in Precision Reflexology/Facial Reflexology – Reiki Master/Teacher

Membership

Association for Coaching (individual, organizational and training provider status)

National Council of Psychotherapists (Fellow)

Association of Reflexologists

Society of Authors