Hi, I’m Mandy and I am a certified Coach. For a long time I have been interested in health and wellbeing, and the impact that our biology, psychology and social environment has on our lives. This interest led me to study psychology to postgraduate level. After this I worked on programmes aimed at improving public health and since 2014 I have been delivering consultancy services in the health service.

Five things to be aware of when leading virtual teams

This year, many teams who were used to regularly working and meeting in an office environment have been forced to adapt to remote working. In many cases, this happened almost overnight without much warning and without much recognition of the required infrastructure, the different home set ups of individual team members, and little (if any) …

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money, home, coin

Understanding your relationship with money webinar In June 2020 CF Wealth Management invited me to present this webinar – the first in a series which CF Wealth Management is hosting around the topic of financial freedom. I explain from a coaching psychology perspective, why understanding your relationship with money and what is important to you is key to achieving financial freedom.  …

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Emotions: why is it important to be self-aware?

Why is it important to be aware of your emotions? Accurate self-awareness and the ability to manage and control your emotions are emotional intelligence skills that consistently emerge among the top predictors of leadership performance. It is worth spending some time becoming aware of the emotions that underpin your behaviours. Without this awareness, emotions will tend to …

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Resilience: A psychological approach to dealing with challenging times

As a coaching psychologist, resilience is probably one of the most important areas that I can support my coaching clients to develop. When resilience is low, this can negatively affect performance and increase problems such as stress, anxiety and depression. If we are not able to adjust to change, we will only get stuck in wishing for our previous way of life, instead of being able to adapt to the ‘new normal’ and look forward to new opportunities.

In this article, I would like to share some of my knowledge of the cognitive-behavioural coaching perspective on resilience.

Do you expect too much of yourself and others?

In an earlier blog post, I reflected on some of the perils of perfectionism. In this post, I am going to focus on one of these in more detail: inflexible or overgeneralised high standards.  Perfectionists often have unrealistic expectations and rigid beliefs. For example, you may find yourself starting a lot of sentences with: ‘should’/’must’/’got …

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