MELANIE SHEEHAN MAC, MA, BSc (Hons)
I qualified as a Coach with the Centre for Coaching, accredited by Middlesex Uni, in 2011. I have completed numerous CPD courses since, including Developing Psychological Resilience, Performance Coaching, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Based Coaching and Navigating Adversity with Coaching Psychology and Positive Psychology, amongst others. I hold a current accreditation as a Coach through the Association for Coaching and I am an Affiliate Member of the International Society for Coaching Psychology. I also hold a BSc (Hons) in Criminal Justice, an MA in Psychosocial Studies and I am a qualified Mental Health First Aider.
I came to Coaching quite late in life, having started my career in the private sector where I worked in administration and project management for a variety of great organisations, including Eurotunnel and Reuters. I enjoyed the work, but wanted to make a difference, so signed up to work as a Volunteer Prison Visitor. This spoke to my values of Social Justice and Compassion, and quickly led to a desire to work full-time with people in the criminal justice system.
I joined the Probation Service shortly after, and worked in a number of different roles before specialising in working solely with women who had committed crime: I found my values of Integrity and Authenticity, and my coaching approach, particularly helpful in building trust-based relationships, as many of the women had experienced trauma, abuse and multiple disadvantages in their lives.
I then joined a charity to lead a project developing specialist services across London for women in the criminal justice system, using my coaching skills with staff, before deciding to follow my dream of studying for an MA full-time and setting up my own consultancy and coaching business in Surbiton (Surrey/Greater London) ... after having some valuable coaching myself!
I now coach women from all walks of life around issues such as increasing their self-confidence, improving their resilience and finding the answer to that all-important question - "where am I going in life?"