I'm a professional practitioner member of the Positive Psychology Guild and a graduate member of the British Psychology Society (Coaching Division). I have a Masters in Psychology and a Level 5 Diploma in Positive Psychology Coaching Practice.
I've worked as a housing professional for over 20 years, supporting people through difficult life transitions. Many of my clients have already been through mental health services but found it hard to pick their lives back up after support ended. They had been offered emergency treatment but without the follow up 'emotional physiotherapy' to rebuild hopefulness and self-belief.
It felt there was a stage to the recovery process that was missing and I wanted to close this gap.
With this goal in mind, I made the investment of undertaking a Masters in Psychology which was fascinating. Love of learning is one of my key strengths and I relished being back in that environment.
At the same time I was frustrated by the focus on mental ill-health. It still felt there was a stage to wellbeing that was missing.
How do we get people beyond just managing or coping so that they can reach contentment and possibly start to flourish?
Positive Psychology was the missing piece of the puzzle and, with the addition of coaching skills, has given me the tools I need to put it all into action as a Positive Psychology Coaching Practitioner.
I split my time between coaching and my role as a housing officer and enjoy the diversity this brings.
I also love creative writing. It is an important way for me to express myself. I am increasingly using this medium in my coaching work too, with journaling and narrative therapy techniques.
Positive psychology covers topics such as positive experiences and emotions, wellbeing, authenticity, motivation, resilience and optimism. In essence...
Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living. Christopher Peterson
Add more colour and meaning in what you do.
Recognise what brings you happiness and follow that in a way that works for you.
Build your resilience and learn practical skills that can help you flourish.
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