About Me

The question that anyone should ask when deciding upon seeking the help of a coach is “who is the right person for me?”. Locating the correct person with appropriate skills, knowledge and experience for the help you need, along with someone who you find personable, relatable and trustworthy is a delicate balance.

I think it’s important that you know as much about me as possible in order for you to make an accurate choice in contacting me. I offer a free half hour question and answer session via skype to also help you with your decision making.

I’m Helen Ferguson

I have been a clinician in the field of Child and Adolescent Mental Health since 2000.

My specialist clinical skills include Mental Health Nursing, Attachment Therapy, Narrative Story Stem Assessing, Family Therapy Interventions, Solution Focused Therapy, Systemic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic approaches and Psychotherapeutic interventions in working with trauma and abuse.

I have worked along the spectrum of early intervention with a targeted solution focused approach to mental health and emotional well-being through to complex mental health presentations that have required an in-depth and more long term therapeutic response.

I have specialised in providing mental health assessment and therapeutic intervention for children and young people in foster care, leaving care and those making the transition to adoptive care.

As such I have significant skill and experience in understanding, managing and supporting transitory processes for individuals in highly complex situations.

Whilst my specialism has been children and young people, I am also skilled in working with families, young adults and adults in processes of change, using my training in Family Therapy interventions as a basis for understanding the systemics of the presenting problem and the influencing dynamics.

It is an important aspect of my coaching style that I understand the ‘whole’ as well as the intricacy of what you’re needing help with, this informs how I create with you a targeted package of support and coaching that helps you to reach your aims.

 

During my career I have been a Manager for Child and Adolescent Mental Health within the NHS and subsequent Community Interest Company (CIC). I have significant experience of managing individuals and teams through periods of substantial service redesign and change, and supporting the impact of these changes on the individual professional as well as the service as a whole.  Having made the career transition from clinician to manager (whilst maintaining my clinical skills), and supported professionals I have managed through this same process of career progression, I bring all this knowledge, experience and skill to my career coaching style.

I am an associate member of the Association of Coaching and am committed to continuing professional development in the provision of  skilled, quality coaching for my clients. I am also DBS checked and certification can be provided on request.

Both on a professional and personal level I am no stranger to transitions and development and taking the risk of making changes to my life. So much so that several years ago I left England and moved to the island of Crete. This was an exciting and daunting decision to make but one that has shaped my thinking and cultural influences since.

During my time in Crete I absorbed the culture, developed new friendships and experienced life in a whole new way. I embraced new encounters and opportunities; providing Directorship of a Children’s cancer charity, working for a successful boutique family run winery as their degustation and tour host, providing local children and families with emotional and psychological support on a private basis, becoming an active supporter of local animal welfare and rescuing 2 abandoned puppies, Leo and Lyla, who have become an integral part of my life.

The transition into a different culture and society was not an easy one and if I only learnt one thing about myself during that time it is that I have more courage than I thought I did. In my coaching and mentoring style I inspire and motivate people to discover their own courage and capabilities to make the changes they want or need.

I have since made the additional transition of moving to France, where I spend a proportion of my time when I’m not in the UK. Again, this has brought about my own continued development in switching from one culture to another, one lifestyle to another and adapting to new challenges and influences. My experience of professional and personal change in all of these circumstances is one of empowerment and self-belief in my own abilities. Married together with my professional knowledge, skills, and experience I bring a wealth of personal understanding in the provision of coaching and mentoring in times of transition and an empathic response to the challenges faced by my clients.

Book yourself in for your free 30 minute introductory Skype call. This session will give you a taste of what coaching is like with me - we’ll get to know each other and you can ask all the questions you have about coaching and how I can help you.  

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