We are a group of friends looking to do some good in the world and increasing our reach by embracing technology, learning new skills and sharing what we know, make and value in new ways.
Between us we have many, many years of personal and professional experience across health, social care, business, education, law and much more. Our shared interest is in mental health and wellbeing in the broadest sense.
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Anyways, let me briefly introduce myself, and then my business besties. I’ve been in (and out of) the mental health game for donkeys years, and in private practice as a psychotherapist for eight years now, and I BLOODY LOVE IT! What could be better than talking to people about what really, really matters? I think I remember JK Rowling saying she couldn’t understand why everybody didn’t want to be a writer. That’s how I feel about being a psychotherapist.
We all believe we have a book in us, and we’re all working on something. I plan to create a self-study version of the approach I would normally use in my 1-1 work. I am also nurturing this idea of a regular online group meeting for anyone who is interested in connecting with me or another member of the team in an informal way, maybe a morning meditation to start the day off right, setting intentions for the day and an ‘ask me anything’ sort of thing. I think this could be a good way to regularly connect if waiting for 1-1 work, as a supplement to 1-1 work and a follow up for people who might like to stay in touch or even as a standalone. In short, it’s for anybody and everybody, and nobody would ever have to wait. Sign up and I’ll let you know when it’s good to go.
Now over to the business besties, who they are and why they matter. They’re not just a group of competent, experienced, professional individuals, they also happen to be lovely people who have stepped up to help me with Youcan, at a time when when I have most needed their support (more on that story later, as they say).
Alexandra and I have been friends for ages, and over the years I reckon we might have walked the distance to the moon and back, most often accompanied by her delightful but terribly badly behaved whippets. During this time we’ve never run out of things to talk about, and even though she’s recently buggered off to Wales I hope we’ll get to carry on that tradition, albeit on a more occasional basis. You can read about her, and the new life she is making for herself in Wales in her Blog posts, or you can work 1-1 with her and you’ll get to ask her about it yourself.
Tom is a fellow mental health nurse who trained up as a cognitive behavioural therapist. We worked alongside each other in the NHS, and more recently for several years in private practice. He is a true gent, a devoted family man, a thoughtful and reliable friend who loves being out in the woods and also happens to make great cider!
Ali and I also worked together in the NHS and for a very brief period she was my boss, and we both survived! We both started in mental health, though she was an occupational therapist, and then later a cognitive behavioural therapist. She is creative, always pottering, making and growing. But not getting on with writing her book … yet!
Mindi is a neighbour who has become a friend. She is a counsellor with a very different history and practice to my own, which is no bad thing. We share a mutual respect for our different approaches to wellbeing and I would say hers has been freer and broader than mine. We are both keen walkers, and share interests in all eco related matters, and although we appreciate that we are very fortunate to live where we do, we both experience terrible eco-home envy.
In the background (for now) but massively helpful: Naomi and Mark are both utterly delightful people and I consider myself privileged to remain part of their social circle following their ruthless post-Covid19 declutter (more of a cull actually). They are smart, creative and imaginative, and they do many lovely things. When the weather is good there is no better end to the week than Friday afternoon drinkies in a beautiful beer garden, with their lovely Luna included. Luna is a very well behaved dog of uncertain parentage, sort of like a greyhound.
Also in the background (for now) is Elllllieeeeee. Ellie was my boss for ages, and my supervisor and is now a dear friend, also a farmer, poet, eco-warrior and mad-keen cyclist. She is, amongst other things a fully accredited cognitive behavioural therapist and supervisor, and a BAMBA listed mindfulness teacher, and she has provided the guided meditations available in our shop.
Also-also in the background, last and by nooooooo means least: Dylan, the boss man at Penguin Army, and his wing-woman and lady wife, Sarah. Dylan is a man of very many talents and a huge brain that leaves mine paddling in the shallows, he is a poet, spoken word artist and author, and he has amazing tech skills. He is very much in demand but has prioritised helping me out. None of this would have been possible without him.