I’m Helen-Marie (HM to most people who know me).
I am an accredited Personal and Business Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). My professional background is in theatre performance & directing, Education, and as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, group facilitator and supervisor.
My Aim is to empower clients to find the courage to navigate difficult situations, embrace change, and challenge limiting beliefs, enabling them to move forward with confidence and successfully reach their goals.
Social Justice, Courage, and Awareness.
Social Justice For me, being a coach means taking personal responsibility. I believe it’s about actively working to create a coaching space that goes beyond techniques and strategies – a space that is inherently fair and compassionate. This core value for me is about appreciating diversity, championing equity and inclusion, and standing firm against any form of discrimination.
Awareness -Self-awareness is crucial for my own personal growth, identity, emotional agility and being able to acknowledge my own personal biases. My awareness of others/how I view the world, is not based on predictions or negative experiences from the past. Making others more aware of operating in the here and now and offering tools and techniques to support this is of great importance to me in my coaching practice.
Courage – It takes courage to stand up for our values and beliefs. Often our response to courage is fear and uncertainty, yet, without courage we cannot move forwards. I accept my limitations; however, I know from experience remaining courageous is the only way to progress.
‘Courage is not the absence of fear but fear walking’ Susan David
Performance Skills and Experience
Early on in life I realised that my lack of confidence and social anxiety prevented me from reaching my full potential. I approached my fear head-on and trained to be an actor. I was successful in securing a place at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) where I studied for four years winning two awards for directing from RCS and Equity – both of which secured my place as an Assistant Director of New Writing at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh.
I understand what it takes to be proficient in performance. In previous performance coaching I have worked with clients from professional theatre, the British Army and business and education sectors, supporting clients increase in confidence & achieve in performance and public speaking.
I have an extensive background in education and I am registered with the General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS). I have over 16 years teaching experience in both the UK and USA. My educational expertise includes drama and performance, leadership in guidance and pupil support and involvement in the introduction of mental health strategy and provision in local authority schools.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
I am a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and a registered member of BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies), BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland).
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.
I have applied my psychotherapy training in a range of environments including private practice, the voluntary sector, British Military, universities, primary and secondary schools, coaching, health and fitness sector, small business owners and with family and friends.
- Associated Certified Coach (ACC) International Coaching Federation (ICF),
- ICF Accredited PG Cert in Business and Personal Coaching University of Chester/ Barefoot
- Advanced Compassion-Focused Therapy (Paul Gilbert & Chris Irons)
SCOTACS Diploma in Counselling and Group work – a Cognitive Behavioural Approach, The Centre of Therapy and Counselling, Edinburgh
- Masters – (Master of Letters) Glasgow University MLitt Creative Writing
- PGCE Post Graduate Certificate of Education – University of Edinburgh
- BA Hons Royal Conservatoire of Scotland RCS (previously RSAMD) Dramatic Studies with Honours in Directing 2:1
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HM's belief in me as the client is unwavering and it makes it nearly impossible to think anything will stand in the way of me reaching my goals. HM can handle anything the sessions throw up with a calmness that helps me be vulnerable, it's in that space where the coaching magic is really unleashed. She gently exudes credibility and confidence, and it is this solid foundation that means I never feel silly giving the things she suggests a go. If you're looking for a coach who is relatable, will challenge you and be right there alongside you then give HM a try. I suspect you'll even have a little fun.