For a long time, I have been interested in the interactions between our biology, psychology and social environment and the effect that this has on our health and wellbeing. This interest led me to study psychology to a postgraduate level. Upon completing my MSc in Health Psychology, I worked in strategic roles in public health in the National Health Service (NHS) and local government, where I led on the development, commissioning and evaluation of a range of health programmes. I also worked with bodies such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Public Health England (PHE) to influence local and national policies and guidance. In 2014, I decided to take the leap into consultancy and founded Murdoch Health Consulting Ltd. which support organisations to deliver a range of projects aimed at improving population health and the quality and efficiency of health services.

A few years ago, I was searching for a new challenge – I wanted to find a way to effectively combine my interests and experience in psychology, behaviour change, health & wellbeing, management and consulting. My research led me to the exciting and emerging field of coaching psychology, which seemed like a great fit. After completing my initial certificate in coaching and witnessing first-hand the positive changes these interventions can make, I was inspired to complete the Advanced Diploma in Coaching through the Centre for Coaching in London.

My coaching training and experience has reinforced my views about the powerful interactions between our thoughts and beliefs, social environment, emotions, behaviours and physiology. I have personally benefited from using coaching psychology theories, models and techniques. The approaches have had a dramatic impact on my ability to manage my own stress levels, build resilience and achieve my goals. I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to pass on all the fantastic tips and techniques that I have learnt to more people. By changing the way that we think, I strongly believe that we can transform how we experience our lives and how we interact with others.

Mandy Murdoch portrait at home taking notes