I have a working background in Social Work, Teaching and Counselling, maintaining Social Work registration for thirty years and having studied:
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Brief Solution-Focused Therapy
Advanced Communication Skills
For fifteen years I have been a Lecturer and Mentor working with Health and Social Care Professionals and Public Health Services.
More recently, I have focussed on Mental Health and Well-being working as a Mental Health Practitioner and Specialist Mentor. Now my chosen career path and interest is working specifically as a Specialist Mentor within the Diversity and Ability Team.
I look forward to developing a ‘working partnership’ with students whilst maintaining a safe environment that is conducive to exploring expectations of the ‘Student’ and ‘Specialist Mentor’ role. Agreeing a clear plan together will assist students on their learning journey.
I hope to foster educational and personal growth and am committed to supporting students in building confidence and fulfilling their potential. Finding creative ways of connecting and engaging students in their learning, whilst being kind, is important to me.
I believe in life long learning and continually working on improving my own self-awareness and emotional intelligence; so I can offer transparency, honesty, assertiveness, equal opportunity, empathy, authenticity and constructive feedback when working alongside students.
My interests are walking, reflecting, travelling and being with my family, friends and pet dog aptly named ‘Chance’. If you happen to work alongside me, just talk to me about ‘Chance’ and before you know it you will be laughing at the ‘doggy tales’ and exploits of a highly spirited Weimaraner!