Before giving birth, I was a Primary School teacher for 17 years and just completed my Masters in Counselling in Education. But nothing could have prepared me for the incredible miracle of having a baby!
Despite my knowledge and professional experience with children, the post birth experience was an overwhelming and emotional time. I felt totally unprepared and lonely. I didn't know how to deal with issues like sleep, crying, needs, behaviour or manage difficult feelings arising from my own childhood. All the advice freely available on websites and in books just didn’t give me a full understanding of what was happening or practical ways of how to deal with these in an instinctual and sensitive way.
The Aware Parenting philosophy has both confirmed and challenged my beliefs about what it means to be a parent. Fulfilling a need to create a secure attachment with my child and a close connection that I believe will allow her to grow into a confident, independent and self disciplined adult, with a deep understanding of her own feelings and needs. This is bound up in the way I interact with the world and ultimately as her strongest example to follow, it inspired me to become an instructor. I look forward to sharing this gentle yet practical philosophy with you in raising your children. I'm available for individual consultations and run workshops for larger groups.
I also run a parent and child group which is Waldorf inspired, with a focus on not only the children but the parent/carers. It is more than a play group, it is a holistic and nurturing group with the intention to make life with children happier, easier and more connected.
Qualifications and courses
Aware Parenting Instructor (Level 2)
MA in Counselling in Education (Tavistock & Portman)
Primary School Teacher, Aware Parenting Instructor
Children's Yoga Teacher (www.ninananayoga.com)
Non Violent Communication Foundation Course
Level 3 and 4 OCN Sleep Training Course (In gentle sleep methods)
Somatic Experiencing Introductory Workshop
P.E.T 8 week Parent Effectiveness Training
3 day workshop on Trauma through a child's eye by Maggie Kline.
Photos by Rachel Rimmel and video by Marion Rose. Aware Parenting Institutes articles and information.