I spent the first 11 years of my career working in fast-paced commercial advertising agencies in London feeling lost. It’s a high pressure industry, full of expectation and politics. I was always on the go, pushing, striving and chasing the next promotion. Living life on auto-pilot and a slave to my phone. My life had little depth or meaning and the work hard play hard culture left me exhausted, drained and quite frankly miserable. I drank too much, rarely exercised, ate on the go and barely slept.
Miraculously, in 2012 I took a course in Positive Psychology. A turning point in my life, this new branch of psychology looks at the strengths and contributing factors that allow individuals and communities to thrive and flourish. Realising I was doing anything but, this course and its content (including a module on mindfulness and meditation) armed me with the courage to turn towards the growing pit of exhaustion and emptiness that was consuming me. For the first time, I connected with my values and began exploring what fulfilment looked like for me and what gave my life meaning and me a sense of purpose. I quit my job and decided to volunteer for an NGO in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.
During this time of reflection and growth, working with beautiful children who had very little but were exceptionally wealthy in love, community and spirit, I realised the power of connection. We couldn’t speak to each other but we could connect on so many other levels. Through our bodies, our smiles, touch and compassion. I decided I wanted to make this human connection an integral part of my work. To offset the intimacy lost in our hectic digital age, and support emotional wellbeing and mental health. Ultimately reducing unnecessary suffering. I knew I could do this by passing on all the tools, wisdom and interventions I had learned and continued to discover through the study of mindfulness, stoicism and positive psychology.
Upon my return I started Technotox – a wellness centre for the mind. I curate and deliver workshops for corporations around resilience, happiness, values and practising good mental health through mindfulness and other interventions. I also trained as a coach with CTI. I run wellbeing retreats in London and Manchester and am a guest writer for Everyday Mindfulness and Mindspace.
I have curated three different six-week coaching programmes specifically for burnt out professionals who are looking to address their work-life balance or boost their wellbeing, and for entrepreneur’s struggling to stay focused and manage self-doubt. You can read more about these programmes here.
I live in Hither Green in South London and am lucky enough to work with private clients from across the world including Canada, USA, Germany and France – over the phone and via Skype. You can read some of their testimonials here.
Thanks for visiting my site and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it“
Henry David Thoreau
I’m a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and trained at the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) qualifying with over 200 hours of training and 300 hours of coaching experience. I’m a member of ICF and work with HQ Therapy Rooms and John McKee Associates.