Hello I’m Sallie!
When you have a serious illness or a life changing event it is stressful on so many levels. Until you have experienced it yourself you have no idea of the trauma it can cause. It’s not just the physical self that is affected; your emotional health feels the massive impact too. These can manifest as fear, anxiety, lack of confidence and changes to sleep patterns to mention just a few. Then there is the affect on family and friends, the changes to your life style, driving, the workplace and running the home. It can be such an overwhelming experience.
Luckily the NHS is fabulous; they fix the physical and primary symptoms. We have available cardiologists, oncologists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, rehabilitation programmes and counselling. But not everyone takes up these opportunities. I recently surveyed 80 people that had experienced a cardiac event 30% said they had not attended cardio rehabilitation. 72% expressed that they didn’t get all of the support they felt they needed and would see a therapist that offered a range of complementary therapies.
I’m so lucky to be alive
During February 2016, I ruptured my Achilles tendon doing a Korean martial art called Tang Soo Doo. As if that wasn’t enough to deal with in March I had a heart attack. Like many women I didn’t realise I was having a cardiac event. I thought I just had a bad case of indigestion. I did have discomfort in both my arms and across my chest but thought that was due to being on crutches. It took 3 days until I went to see my GP and that was only because of the indigestion. Just as I was beginning to get my life back on track, only 8 weeks later I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Despite all this, I see myself as lucky. I can see all the positives and love living life. I really enjoy living in a Cambridgeshire village with my daughter and our pets.
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Email or telephone me to book a personalised session with me. If you change nothing, then nothing will change. I can help you get the most out of living life after heart attack, so you can love life again. You have all of the answers within and I will work with you to get the spark back.
Sessions can be in person or if you live further away then we have the technology to meet via the internet. I can arrange Zoom meetings, Skype sessions or Facebook video calls.
My career was originally in the print, stationery and fulfilment industry. During this time I have attended many training courses in people and management skills including Dale Carnegie, How to handle difficult people, Management counselling, Career coaching, Business organisation and Communication studies. I have spent most of my working life as a manager of various teams.
Sport has always been part of my life and I received a 2nd Dan (black belt) in Shotokan karate and have competed at Crystal Palace. After marriage, I moved to the Huntingdon area in 2002. Later that year I experienced a difficult divorce, becoming a single parent and sustained a major injury.
I had a career change in 2002. I moved into the charity sector, working for the RSPB in the Volunteering Development Department (it’s a bit like the HR department of the unpaid workforce). Once again, I have attended many training courses on personal development, working with people, career coaching and management. I was also involved in delivering various workshops to staff and volunteers.
This was when I realised I had a passion for people and wanted to work with them to attain their hopes, dreams and aspirations.
In 2005 I attained Personal/Life Coaching (Fiona Harrold) Certificate and later that year the Diploma, through the Newcastle College. During 2006, I was certified as a Practitioner and in 2007 as Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) with the Gwiz Learning Partnership (Melody and Joe Cheal) and accredited by the Society of NLP (Richard Bandler) and registered with ANLP.
Early in 2009 I undertook the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Executive Coaching and Mentoring Certificate – Level 7, Train the Trainer, Transactional Analysis, Paradox & Tension Management and Conflict Resolution & Mediation.
Since then I have gained certificates in Anxiety & Stress Management, Nutrition & Weight Management, Pain Management, Mindfulness and a diploma in Indian Head Massage.
Code of conduct
I’m a member of the British Institute of Hypnotherapy (BIH), and a member of the Association for Neuro Linguistic Programming (ANLP). I am obliged to follow their codes of ethics. I am also registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). CNHC provide a complaint procedure and can be contacted by telephone 020 7653 1971 or email email@example.com.
During our consultation we will both sign a confidentiality agreement. You can be assured that what takes place during our sessions will remain completely private.