I am passionate about social change and my personal experience of trauma, mental health crisis (particularly a diagnosis of psychosis, and secret Borderline Personality Disorder - I didn't find out about that one until 34 years later) plus neurodiversity positively informs my work and life. I founded Hope in the Heart, the NGO that is still a major focus, in 2012. That same year I developed the AccepTTranscend Model for Transformation, the basis for many of my creative personal development workshops and courses, designed and facilitated internationally. As a member of the global compassion movement for many years, I believe that compassionate action and relational practice (prioritising relationships over systems) can transform individuals, organisations, and the world. My CARE (Create A Relational Environment) training for organisations and businesses offers bespoke guidance to leaders and teams who wish to bring passion, joy and caring into their working lives, and increase staff satisfaction, loyalty, productivity and, ultimately, all-round success.
Based in South London (and happy to travel) I am a Lived Experience Consultant, Facilitator and Trainer, an occasional Visiting Lecturer at a number of universities on several continents, Master Facilitator of the UN-endorsed Virtues Project, a qualified Transpersonal Counsellor/Hypnotherapist, a writer, activist, artist, poet, and general wearer of many hats. I specialise in using art, poetry and narrative to inspire and create positive change - and encourage others to do the same.
My recovery from ongoing mental health distress has covered several decades, and while I have long been able to fully function within the consensus reality in which I find myself, the door to other levels of consciousness has never completely closed, and my memories of time spent beyond it are prominent, and vivid. I view this as a precious gift, and am grateful and proud to be part of a growing global movement committed to changing the paradigm around mental health and wellbeing. It is my mission to support this in any way I can.