SALLY

ADHD COUNSELLOR & COACH

SUBSTANCE MISUSE LEAD THERAPIST

CBT/REBT THERAPIST

PARENTING SUPPORT


DIAGNOSED ADHD

LOCATION ~ PL5

Sally left University with a degree in Sociology knowing that she wanted to do something to support people with addiction. She wasn’t quite sure what. Her father had been alcohol dependent and passed away when she was 19.

The lack of support services and information available at that time impacted on hugely on her family and their ability to handle the loss.

Due to having what she only now knows was undiagnosed ADHD, Sally struggled to hold down numerous jobs she was fully capable of doing but had no passion for, or interest in.

Eventually a job came up with an addiction agency. It was admin which was never Sally’s strong point, BUT for the first time, she felt passionate about her work.

The client group from the Criminal Justice Team was what got her excited about going to work every day. She understood them!

Sally then worked for the Sexual Health Outreach Project and realised her potential for working 1-2-1 with clients. She loved supporting sex workers, encouraging them to access treatment and reduce harm caused to themselves and the community.

Sally naturally worked alongside these clients – always on their level, never judging and genuinely feeling their pain.

Having found her passion – helping marginalised members of society – Sally worked her way up through the organisation for fifteen years and became committed to becoming a Specialist in Drugs and Alcohol. She wanted to learn how to work with people therapeutically and effectively. She wanted to make a difference. Sally started her counselling training.

During this time, Sally began to turn her own life around through learning more about herself. When she was younger she struggled with her emotions and couldn’t cope with any kind of criticism. She always felt like no one understood her. She was too chatty, too much, too XL and not focused enough (Actually too ADHD but she was years from finding this out!). She learnt how to manage these feelings and issues and her main motivator was wanting to support the clients she was working with.

With many years experience in the field, Sally knows how many clients looking for help, have an underlying condition. Sally recognises that without treating the underlying condition properly, it will nearly always be impossible to overcome any of the other issues that come with ADHD.

In more recent years she has worked with young people age 18 to 25 with ADHD and ASD. Sally works creatively and ‘out of the box’ to make sure the clients she works with get the very best support and opportunities to achieve their goals. Sally is passionate about working with young ADHD people and has become one of Headstuff’s most popular therapists for teens and early 20s who have hit trouble – especially around addiction or chaotic living. Numerous mums all over the UK are constantly thanking her for keeping their teenagers alive and on the right track.

Her aim is for her clients to feel empowered to live a life where the symptoms of ADHD do not create suffering – but where they can use the ADHD traits  to their advantage.

This is her absolute passion and she will advocate and fight for disadvantaged people to be heard and access the right treatment.

More recently, Sally has become a qualified Life Coach and an expert in managing the symptoms of ADHD. She will work with you to
understand your symptoms, gaining ADHD awareness and strategies to give you a better quality of life,

Sally loves exploring diagnoses and how it feels for you (whether it be an old one, a new one or wanting to get one) then working on improving relationships and creating healthy lifestyles.

Sally can also support you with any anger, stress and anxiety issues as these can be byproducts of ADHD. She incorporates organisational strategies, structure and planning and explores ways to help you slow things down when life is becoming overwhelming.

Sally feels greatly for clients who are diagnosed with ADHD but subsequently abandoned by Community Mental Health Services. This is where Sally advocates passionately for her ADHD clients and she will continue supporting you as you rebuild your new life.

Sally understands ADHD and the impact it can have on everything if you haven’t recieved proper solution focused, ADHD specific treatment.

Sally loves helping clients who want to improve their appearance or fitness. She went from somebody who felt dreadfully out of shape to hitting the gym every day and now goes sea-swimming twice a day.

Sally has run marathons and is a fully qualified Level 3 Personal Trainer. She does yoga and hot yoga weekly and once entered herself into a white collar boxing match with 9 weeks to learn how to box – when she had never boxed before. And won!

Sally understands how difficult it can be to motivate yourself with ADHD but will hold your hand as you find out which fitness activities suit your particular personality and will help you get started and motivate you to carry on.

Sally is happy to support parents. She has two daughters of her own, one in her 20s and has experience of bringing up both ADHD and ASD children.

 

Qualifications

  • Life Coach Level 3 2021
  • Diploma Working with Substance Misuse Level 4 2018
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies Level 3 2015
  • Groupwork Facilitation Level 3 2015
  • SMART Recovery Facilitator 2015
  • Bachelor of Science Sociology 1998
  • Personal Trainer Level 3

CPD

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • CBT based Relapse Prevention
  • Callers in Crisis
  • Groupwork Skills
  • Basic Life Support
  • Safer injecting and Blood Borne Viruses
  • Good Practice Guide to Comprehensive Assessments
  • Over the counter, Under the Net
  • Prescribing Interventions with Alcohol Clients
  • Safeguarding and Parental Substance Misuse
  • Delivering Psychosocial Interventions
  • Delivering Brief Interventions
  • Recovery Planning and Risk management
  • Adult Safeguarding
  • Understanding Child Protection
  • Equality and Diversity Training

 

See what Sally’s previous clients have said …

 

Sally’s knowledge around ADHD has been breathtaking. Really knowledgeable and super friendly and kind, everything you could wish for in a therapist.

I’ve been working with Sally for around 3-4 months now and as someone newly diagnosed ADHD, this whole process can be scary and overwhelming. However, with Sally’s personal touch she has made me understand more about myself and ADHD than I’d learnt in the last 33 years!

Honestly, without Sallys help, I would be lost. She’s very relatable and highly professional and I would recommend her to anyone struggling with ADHD.

ADHD Male, 33

Sally has been crucial in my personal development over the last year. We have had weekly and bi-weekly sessions where we have dug into some of the reasons why I have been so down, and looking at possible solutions for that.

My knowledge, understanding and acceptance of my ADHD has been at the forefront of my work with Sally and has allowed me to be comfortable with who I am as a person. Looking back at where I was a year ago and where I am now, I have no doubt that my work with Sally has been the driver for my personal development and achievements.

ADHD Male 24

I have been seeing Sally to help manage my ADHD behaviours and emotional disregulation. She has been helped greatly in a number of ways including providing a foundation of validation and self-awareness to help me through a difficult time. She’s provided guidance on meditation and awareness, planning and helping my time management and looked at ways to manage my procrastination and avoidance

Sally’s helped me understand better how ADHD is impacting on relationships, introducing me to tools such as transactional analysis in order to improve outcomes in communication, and given me self-confidence where I may have been doubting myself.

ADHD Male 24

I just want to say how brilliant Sally has been in helping me. I have had several zoom sessions with her and she has been positive and insightful in helping me understand how I can best support my daughter, who was diagnosed with ADHD earlier this year. Thank you.

Mum, Adult ADHD Daughter, Devon


SALLY

ADHD COUNSELLOR & COACH

SUBSTANCE MISUSE LEAD THERAPIST

CBT/REBT THERAPIST

PARENTING SUPPORT

DIAGNOSED ADHD

LOCATION ~ PL5

Sally left University with a degree in Sociology knowing that she wanted to do something to support people with addiction. She wasn’t quite sure what. Her father had been alcohol dependent and passed away when she was 19.

The lack of support services and information available at that time impacted on hugely on her family and their ability to handle the loss.

Due to having what she only now knows was undiagnosed ADHD, Sally struggled to hold down numerous jobs she was fully capable of doing but had no passion for, or interest in.

Eventually a job came up with an addiction agency. It was admin which was never Sally’s strong point, BUT for the first time, she felt passionate about her work.

The client group from the Criminal Justice Team was what got her excited about going to work every day. She understood them!

Sally then worked for the Sexual Health Outreach Project and realised her potential for working 1-2-1 with clients. She loved supporting sex workers, encouraging them to access treatment and reduce harm caused to themselves and the community.

Sally naturally worked alongside these clients – always on their level, never judging and genuinely feeling their pain.

Having found her passion – helping marginalised members of society – Sally worked her way up through the organisation for fifteen years and became committed to becoming a Specialist in Drugs and Alcohol. She wanted to learn how to work with people therapeutically and effectively. She wanted to make a difference. Sally started her counselling training.

During this time, Sally began to turn her own life around through learning more about herself. When she was younger she struggled with her emotions and couldn’t cope with any kind of criticism. She always felt like no one understood her. She was too chatty, too much, too XL and not focused enough (Actually too ADHD but she was years from finding this out!). She learnt how to manage these feelings and issues and her main motivator was wanting to support the clients she was working with.

With many years experience in the field, Sally knows how many clients looking for help, have an underlying condition. Sally recognises that without treating the underlying condition properly, it will nearly always be impossible to overcome any of the other issues that come with ADHD.

In more recent years she has worked with young people age 18 to 25 with ADHD and ASD.
Sally works creatively and ‘out of the box’ to make sure the clients she works with get the very best support and opportunities to achieve their goals. Sally is passionate about working with young ADHD people and has become one of Headstuff’s most popular therapists for teens and early 20s who have hit trouble – especially around addiction or chaotic living. Numerous mums all over the UK are constantly thanking her for keeping their teenagers alive and on the right track.

Her aim is for her clients to feel empowered to live a life where the symptoms of ADHD do not create suffering – but where they can use the ADHD traits  to their advantage.

This is her absolute passion and she will advocate and fight for disadvantaged people to be heard and access the right treatment.

More recently, Sally has become a qualified Life Coach and an expert in managing the symptoms of ADHD. She will work with you to
understand your symptoms, gaining ADHD awareness and strategies to give you a better quality of life,

Sally loves exploring diagnoses and how it feels for you (whether it be an old one, a new one or wanting to get one) then working on improving relationships and creating healthy lifestyles.

Sally can also support you with any anger, stress and anxiety issues as these can be byproducts of ADHD. She incorporates organisational strategies, structure and planning and explores ways to help you slow things down when life is becoming overwhelming.

Sally feels greatly for clients who are diagnosed with ADHD but subsequently abandoned by Community Mental Health Services. This is where Sally advocates passionately for her ADHD clients and she will continue supporting you as you rebuild your new life.

Sally understands ADHD and the impact it can have on everything if you haven’t recieved proper solution focused, ADHD specific treatment.

Sally loves helping clients who want to improve their appearance or fitness.  She went from somebody who felt dreadfully out of shape to hitting the gym every day and now goes sea-swimming twice a day.

Sally has run marathons and is a fully qualified Level 3 Personal Trainer. She does yoga and hot yoga weekly and once entered herself into a white collar boxing match with 9 weeks to learn how to box – when she had never boxed before. And won!

Sally understands how difficult it can be to motivate yourself with ADHD but will hold your hand as you find out which fitness activities suit your particular personality and will help you get started and motivate you to carry on.

Sally is happy to support parents. She has two daughters of her own, one in her 20s and has experience of bringing up both ADHD and ASD children.

 

Qualifications

  • Life Coach Level 3 2021
  • Diploma Working with Substance Misuse Level 4 2018
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies Level 3 2015
  • Groupwork Facilitation Level 3 2015
  • SMART Recovery Facilitator 2015
  • Bachelor of Science Sociology 1998
  • Personal Trainer Level 3

CPD

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • CBT based Relapse Prevention
  • Callers in Crisis
  • Groupwork Skills
  • Basic Life Support
  • Safer injecting and Blood Borne Viruses
  • Good Practice Guide to Comprehensive Assessments
  • Over the counter, Under the Net
  • Prescribing Interventions with Alcohol Clients
  • Safeguarding and Parental Substance Misuse
  • Delivering Psychosocial Interventions
  • Delivering Brief Interventions
  • Recovery Planning and Risk management
  • Adult Safeguarding
  • Understanding Child Protection
  • Equality and Diversity Training

See what Sally’s previous clients have said …

 

Sally’s knowledge around ADHD has been breathtaking. Really knowledgeable and super friendly and kind, everything you could wish for in a therapist.

I’ve been working with Sally for around 3-4 months now and as someone newly diagnosed ADHD, this whole process can be scary and overwhelming. However, with Sally’s personal touch she has made me understand more about myself and ADHD than I’d learnt in the last 33 years!

Honestly, without Sallys help, I would be lost. She’s very relatable and highly professional and I would recommend her to anyone struggling with ADHD.

ADHD Male, 33

Sally has been crucial in my personal development over the last year. We have had weekly and bi-weekly sessions where we have dug into some of the reasons why I have been so down, and looking at possible solutions for that.

My knowledge, understanding and acceptance of my ADHD has been at the forefront of my work with Sally and has allowed me to be comfortable with who I am as a person. Looking back at where I was a year ago and where I am now, I have no doubt that my work with Sally has been the driver for my personal development and achievements.

ADHD Male 24

I have been seeing Sally to help manage my ADHD behaviours and emotional disregulation. She has been helped greatly in a number of ways including providing a foundation of validation and self-awareness to help me through a difficult time. She’s provided guidance on meditation and awareness, planning and helping my time management and looked at ways to manage my procrastination and avoidance

Sally’s helped me understand better how ADHD is impacting on relationships, introducing me to tools such as transactional analysis in order to improve outcomes in communication, and given me self-confidence where I may have been doubting myself.

ADHD Male 24

I just want to say how brilliant Sally has been in helping me. I have had several zoom sessions with her and she has been positive and insightful in helping me understand how I can best support my daughter, who was diagnosed with ADHD earlier this year. Thank you.

Mum, Adult ADHD Daughter, Devon