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Positive psychology practitioner & coach,
BA, MA, PPGDip (level 5), Level 7 'Autism & Neurodiversity' researcher,
creativity enthusiast!
"I realised that whilst having support is so beneficial to neurodivergent people, it's simply not accessible when getting this support more often than not relies on ability to communicate like neurotypical people, or people who have no difficulties with speech. "

The Full Story

Hi, my name's Robin and I'm a qualified positive psychology practitioner and coach with a masters degree in 'Arts, Health & Wellbeing'. I'm passionate about autism and neurodiversity and making the world a more inclusive and welcoming place for neurodivergent and introverted people. I'm also a level 7 positive psychology autism & neurodiversity researcher with the Positive Psychology Centre.

So what brought me to where I am today?

Having struggled with the expectations and chaotic environment of mainstream school, an experience often all too familiar for those who are neurodivergent and/or highly introverted, I opted to attended my local college early, finishing my A-levels in an environment where more freedom meant I was able to work in a way that came more naturally to me. This was where my long journey towards my more authentic, more empowered self truly began. 

During my A-levels I discovered my passion for the therapeutic value of the arts, paving the way during my undergraduate degree to explore emotive areas such as eating disorders, gender identity, and mental health. During my final year, whilst writing my dissertation, my passion in this area saw me speaking on the 'Pitch Illustration Radio' hour on Cardiff radio, and  winning funding from my university to host a creative pop-up event, which was filmed by Cardiff TV.

 

Although these things were fantastic and fuelled by my deep passion, as someone who was secretly neurodivergent and not-so-secretly introverted, beneath the surface they took exceptional determination and effort. Although I was achieving, and left university with a first class degree, I was emotionally and physically exhausted and constantly comparing myself to my neurotypical peers. 

During the time between finishing my undergraduate degree and beginning my masters degree, after losing a loved one to Alzheimer's and dementia, I began volunteering with the Alzheimer's Society, delivering 1:1 creative sessions to service users. As an introvert this too was a challenge, but seeing the joy these sessions brought to people solidified my passion for using my knowledge and skills to support others. It was during this time that I discovered 'positive psychology' and began applying some of what I'd been reading to my life. I couldn't have imagined how beneficial this branch of psychology would be in my journey towards better self-acceptance and mental wellbeing. In addition to applying to study towards a masters degree in 'Arts, Health & Wellbeing' part-time, I applied to train as a level 5 positive psychology practitioner and coach. 

During training I met several inspirational neurodivergent people, which prompted me to finally consider how I was treating myself as a neurodivergent person. During the final module of my masters degree, I used this self-exploration to fuel my work, and reached out to autistic people across the UK to gather their experiences of mental health on the spectrum, and provide an online platform for them to display their creative work expressing these experiences. 

My final training module towards becoming a positive psychology practitioner and coach was inspired by my own experiences, navigating both my undergraduate and postgraduate education as a neurodivergent introvert, as well as that of the brave and inspiring neurodivergent people I had 'spoken' (or typed!) with over the past couple of years. An area from my work that stood out to me was that neurodivergent people are very brave; most of us neurodivergent and/or introverted people navigate daily life that presents us with challenges that many people wouldn't even view as challenges. This is why neurodivergent and highly introverted people deserve support.

My final project consisted of developing an online positive psychology programme for autistic and neurodivergent students and recent graduates, supplemented by email and group support. I realised that whilst having support is so beneficial to neurodivergent people, it's simply not accessible when getting this support more often than not relies on ability to communicate like neurotypical people, or people who have no difficulties with speech. This includes those who are highly introverted. My business, 'Coach Robin' was developed not only from my experiences and that of others, but from my passion to empower those who find that helping services just don't meet their very valid needs as people with different communication preferences.

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