I’m Cornelia and I help new mums to make family life work and create a structure for their personal and professional success.

Counsellor and CBT Therapist (ACCPH Senior Member)

Life Coach (AC member)

Independent Social Worker (Social Work England member)

Work experience

Life Coach /Counsellor – Coaching Stars – July 2015 – Present

  • Supporting new parents to make family life work alongside their professional success.
  • Helping clients achieve their goals such as improve relationships and manage transitions in order to experience personal and professional growth
  • Providing emotional support to my clients in a safe and positive environment promoting self-discovery and healing.
  • Offering support to clients to clarify their values, find life purpose, boost self-esteem, find connection with oneself and others, whilst following a personal developmental plan.
  • Guiding families through major life changes, such as adapting to the new family dynamic as parents, moving home, work, and career change.
  • Facilitating children’s self-esteem boost groups
  • Assisting young people to identify personal goals, develop skills, plan career paths, and manage setbacks.

Independent Social Worker/Assessor – January 2017 – Present

  • Assessing and supporting potential foster carers.
  • Preparing and presenting Fostering Assessment reports for the Fostering Panel to approve suitable foster carers.
  • Carrying out initial screening assessments visits.

Supervising Social Worker – Bracknell Forest Council – August 2018 – May 2020

  • Managed and supervised local foster carers and guided them in their professional development ensuring that they met Fostering Standards and Regulations.
  • Supervised and supported carers to meet the needs of their children in placement, managed challenging behaviors, and offered high standards of therapeutic care for these children.

Supervising Social WorkerCompass Fostering – June 2017 – July 2018

  • Successfully managed the supervision and support of a group of foster families spread over three boroughs.
  • Ensured that children received appropriate care and support from their foster families to reach their potential.
  • Attended relevant meetings and prepared reports.
  • Ran monthly Surrey Support Group for carers and delivered bite-size training.
  • Organized and co-ran the Therapeutic Support Group for carers.

Supervising Social Worker -Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead – Dec 2015 – Jan 2017

  • Completed foster carers’ annual reviews and supported them through the fostering panel.
  • Conducted Information Evenings and recruited over five new foster carers.
  • Social media lead for the fostering team, responsibilities included updating the website and Facebook.
  • Assisted placing children who became ‘looked after’ with appropriate carers.
  • Completed foster carers’ annual reviews and supported them through the fostering panel.
  • Conducted Information Evenings and recruited over five new foster carers.
  • Social media lead for the fostering team, responsibilities included updating the website and Facebook.
  • Assisted placing children who became ‘looked after’ with appropriate carers.
  • Took part in recruiting, training, assessing, and reviewing suitable foster carers.
  • Undertook the assessment and support of ‘connected persons’ identified as potential carers for specific children.
  • Prepared court reports for Special Guardianship and related matters.

Children’s Social Worker – Surrey County Council – January 2015 – June 2015

  • Prevented family breakdown through offering support packages to families in crisis.
  • Chaired Child in Need Meetings and mobilised a multi-agency team to work together and achieve the Child in Need plan recommended.
  • Carried out Child and Family Assessments of needs including pre-birth assessments.
  • Carried out investigations of abuse.
  • Assessed needs of children, managed family crises, recommended support packages for families and involved relevant agencies to offer the intervention needed to achieve positive changes for Surrey families and keep children safe.

Community Social Worker -Southwark Diocesan Welcare – July 2009 – January 2015

  • Project managed the services delivered at Welcare in Richmond.
  • Developed and delivered a diverse group of activities for children, parents, and grandparents.
  • Gained managerial experience through the supervision and support of volunteers, co-facilitated groups, and supervised student placements.
  • Offered a variety of interventions to support local need including individual/family social work, group work, emotional and practical issues.
  • Developed links with statutory and voluntary agencies including churches in the locality to enhance delivery and benefit the users of the Welcare service.
  • Assisted in preparation of funding applications and publicity materials for promoting the work of the charity, with occasional fundraising activities and public relations events.
  • Engaged “hard to reach” families and linked them with local resources.
  • Ensured that all matters in respect of child protection were dealt with promptly, effectively and in line with child protection procedures.
  • Gained strong intervention skills with a high rate of families achieving positive changes that contributed to the improvement of the safety and wellbeing of their children.

Nursery Nurse /Early Years Educator – Elect Recruitment – March 2007 – June 2009

  • Progressed up the nursery rankings and gained supervisor experience at Acol Children’s Centre.
  • Supported children with disabilities to access education through coordinating Individual Education Plans.
  • Maintained the health and safety of children and led a range of stimulating and sensory play activities to meet diverse needs including arts and crafts, music, drama, and games according to the government’s Early Years Foundation Stage.

Nursery Assistant – Happy Times Nursery, Richmond – Jun 2006 – March 2007

  • Provided care, behavior management, and education to children following a diverse curriculum.
  • Planned stimulating learning activity schedules and prepared developmental charts plus daily report cards for parents.
  • Promoted child development following the government’s Birth to Three Matters framework.

Voluntary Work

Children’s Playgroup Worker -St Paul’s Church, Camberley- Sept 2014-Present

  • I support the running of the Saplings playgroup and promote Christian faith values.
  • prepare activities based on Bible stories.
  • supervise and support children playing and learning together

Life Coach-Career Development Group, London – Aug 2013 – May 2014

  • Motivated individuals to commit to their own success and make the necessary changes for professional and personal growth.
  • Assisted clients in identifying personal goals, developing skills, and planning career moves whilst offering emotional support and confidence-building tools.

Big Buddy’ for Teens Mentor – Kingston Upon Thames CouncilOct 2005 – Nov 2006

  • Designed a personal development plan, setting out realistic and achievable goals.
  • Provided advice and information, aided the development of practical skills and relationships with others.

Training and qualifications

  • Counseling Level 4 -Open Study College, ACCPH accredited, 2020
  • Counseling and CBT Level 3 -Open Study College, ACCPH accredited  Apr 2018 – Apr 2020
  • Level 2 – Certificate Business & Administration, Vision2learn, Feb 2014- Sept 2014
  • Social Work Practice Education Award, Kingston University-Level 7, Jan 2013 -May 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.