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I’m Lia, Counsellor and Life Coach!

I became a new mum at 39 to my son Ray in 2019. Before I had Ray I had been working as full-time social worker and part-time life coach. My social work career has spanned over 15 years, and I have specialised in supporting foster parents and children to adapt to their new family life. I have always enjoyed the therapeutic aspect of social work and often found myself volunteering to conduct support groups for carers. I enabled foster families to access resources and support and equipped them with the skills they required to meet the needs of their foster children (therapeutic parenting skills, trauma informed care, and practical skills for managing challenging behaviour). And I supported families to adapt to new family dynamics. I have been a practice educator for 8 years and supervised students social workers, counselling and drama therapist students, as well as therapists in their first year of practice and volunteers.

I have always felt passionately about helping clients on a one-to-one basis, rather than being occupied with paperwork! This is what prompted me to study for my Life Coaching qualification some 10 years ago, so that I could connect with clients individually and offer more personalised support. I have been privileged to work with clients throughout the past 10 years supporting them to clarify their values, find life purpose, boost self-esteem, and find connection with themselves and others, whilst following a personal developmental plan. I helped clients improve their relationships and manage transitions in order to experience personal and professional growth. I also provided coaching on a volunteer basis to job-seekers, helping them to identify their goals and plan career moves while offering emotional support and confidence-building tools. I am also a member of the Association for Coaching.

In recent years when I felt that I wanted to engage more in therapeutic support, I signed up for counselling diplomas in early 2018 while still working full-time as a social worker. In mid-2018 I transitioned to part-time work to concentrate more on studying, but then discovered I was pregnant in September the same year. I continued to work part-time and study until Ray was born in May 2019. I had always loved children and looked forward to becoming a mother. My pregnancy had not been easy, nor were the early months of his life. Covid-19 brought added pressure to us all, and though it made life more difficult, I was determined to work hard to pursue my career.

So, during the pandemic while taking care of my son, I completed my counselling courses: Counselling Level 4; Counselling Children and Adolescents Level 4; and CBT Level 3, all with Distinctions. I am a senior member of the ACCPH. Looking after a precocious child, running a household, studying, AND dealing with the pandemic was a struggle, but I was lucky to have developed coping mechanisms throughout my personal and professional life, and to have learnt the skills I needed to support me and my family.

We have all been struggling to deal with a new stressful way of living; the trauma of illness and losing loved ones, financial difficulties, social isolation, and a constant state of tension. Having worked in caring professions my entire career, I am grateful to have the opportunity to use my skills, knowledge and experience to help clients, either through coaching or counselling get through these challenging times.

Deciding to move away from social work and devote myself to coaching and counselling was partly due to the needs of taking care of my son. Now that Ray has started pre-school, I am keen to extend my practice and help more clients in need. Before you commit to a coaching or counselling session, I am happy to discuss your requirements beforehand to put you at ease. Please feel free to contact me to arrange an informal chat.

Below you will find a list of my relevant qualifications and you will view my my full CV containing my professional experience on LinkedIn.

Relevant Training and Qualifications

  • Counselling Level 4Distinction – OCS, ACCPH accredited, 2020
  • Counselling Children and Adolescents Level 4 Distinction – OCS, ACCPH accredited, 2020
  • CBT Level 3Distinction – OCS, ACCPH accredited, 2020
  • Social Work Practice Education Award, Kingston University-Level 7, 2013 -2014
  • EDEXCEL LEVEL 3 BTEC in Life Coaching-Newcastle College, Nov 2012 – May 2013
  • Diploma in Child Day Care / ASET Certificate, National Consortium of Colleges, Jan – Sep 2008
  • Bachelor’s in social work, NARIC 1941594017, University Babes-Bolyai, RO, Oct 1999 – Jan 2003

I have also completed numerous work-based training & short courses, including Mental Health First Aid, Anxiety and Eating Disorders, Solution Focused BRIEF Therapy, Attachment Parenting, Play Therapy, and EFT.