My path to coaching
I was drawn to a career of service and supporting others whilst I was working in the corporate sector as a Bookings Coordinator, arranging interpreters for d/Deaf people. This job led me to see the inequalities and discrimination experienced by marginalised groups and communities. I created a goal to become a Social Worker and specifically work with the d/Deaf community. And that’s what I did. I learned sign language and embarked on a Social Work degree at university. Once I had qualified, I was fortunate that a social work position in a Sensory Services team had become available. I was successful at interview and worked in that team for three years.
I then moved on to different types of social work in the Statutory Sector. I have experience in the following social work areas:
- Sensory Services
- Children’s Palliative Care
- Adult Community
- Crisis and emergency
- Brain injury rehabilitation
- Physical injury rehabilitation
- General Hospital Discharge
After leaving Social Work, I worked in Mental health Education and with people with medium to severe mental health challenges. I was drawn to working within mental health after experiencing my own mental health challenges. My first experience of mental health challenges was whilst working for a children’s hospice. My challenges included intrusive thoughts, panic attacks, insomnia and dissociation. Through self- coaching and various support, I have overcome those challenges and move forwards.
Coaching isn’t mentoring or advice-giving; however, I have shared my background here as a way of demonstrating the professional and lived experience that enables me to ask the right questions to help guide and support you to achieve change. I have lots of experience setting goals and achieving them, and I have experience with lots of different people experiencing lots of different challenges. I can hold a space for you and help you find your solutions.My coaching approach >>