Who is My White Dog?
Meet the professionals that make up the My White Dog Youth team
“Professional, well designed course that has expanded my knowledge. Paula is an excellent instructor who keep the pace and tone of the course in perfect harmony”
Motivated for change as a result of teenage trauma and inspired by the outdoors, Paula has led youth groups across the UK, Africa and Asia and became Guinness world record holder as part of the first all female polar expedition in 1997.
She has developed her experience and education within teaching, training and mentoring to provide a safe space for those who may be confused or inexperienced to help someone with a mental health issue.
"Our courses are currently on-line there is no limitation to location, we provide a safe learning space and deliver manuals and workbooks to your door". Feel free to get in touch
I have been working in the field of behaviour for over 25 years and have always been fascinated with the mind and how it affects peoples' perceptions and actions and ultimately their lives. I have a degree in education that specialises in behaviour, a diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and a diploma in CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy). I have been trained in brief solution focused therapy and I have studied neuroscience, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), and am a published author on the effects of language on behaviour (Amazon). I am used to working with vulnerable children and adults and have an enhanced DBS certificate. I am a member of the professional bodies for hypnotherapy including the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapists (AfSFH) and the National Council for Hypnotherapists (NCH) and a founding member of Choice Therapies.
I am a former managing director of an award winning company as well as a keen athlete and have been a member of Team GB as part of the pentathlon series for the last three years, winning Gold and Silver in the 2019 European Championships. I am also a former British and European Taekwondo champion and coach of the British Taekwondo team so I am well versed in sports psychology. and know how hypnotherapy can seriously enhance performance.
Sally supports us with Youth Mental Health First Aid 2 day courses in the South West. She is a qualified Youth and Community Worker, Lecturer, Assessor and Reflective Practice Supervisor and has over 25 years experience of working with young people in a broad range of settings and ways.
This includes working as an Inclusion Manager in a Secondary School, facilitating personal social and health education group work programmes, mentoring and facilitating mediation sessions, working with looked after children for the In Care Council to inform children and young people’s services and facilitating a self-referral service for young people in crisis.
She has a wealth of experience of developing and leading multi-agency projects and programmes to promote social inclusion, and has facilitated a variety of training courses and support groups for practitioners and parents/carers. Having worked with so many young people in crisis for so many years, Sally is particularly interested in promoting youth mental health awareness and exploring creative interventions to promote young people’s wellbeing and personal development.