Shelley Smith – Founder of Sunrise Wellbeing

I am passionate about providing a therapeutic service to help people of all ages with their presenting issues, to support their mental health and wellbeing and to provide them with strategies and skills that can prevent their troubles from escalating. We are all just trying our best in this busy world but sometimes need a little support along the way, especially in times of difficulty. I developed Sunrise Wellbeing to provide a much-needed bespoke emotional support service, tailored to meet each individual’s needs.

Here is a summary of my qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy (Accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy (Accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy)
  • Associate Counsellor at The Laura Centre supporting adults & children through bereavement
  • Currently completing my MSc in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy at the University of Derby
  • Experience of Counselling & Psychotherapy within an education setting and private practice as a trainee
  • Foundation Degree (FdA) in Children, Families & Community Health
  • Certified Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) & Youth Mental Health First Aid Champion (MHFA England), Accredited Parent Facilitator
  • Over 20 years’ experience of working in education across Primary, Secondary & College provisions – roles include; Wellbeing Officer, PSHE & RSE Co-ordinator, Parent Support, ELSA, Trainee Counsellor, Assistant Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator in Primary & Secondary, Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) Teaching Assistant and Recruitment & Admissions Officer
  • Experience of working with children, young people and parents/carers with SEND, implementing support interventions, assessing progress, assisting them to understand their difficulties/diagnosis, finding strategies to meet their own learning style
  • Supporting children, young people and adults with emotional needs & current difficult circumstances improving their mental health & wellbeing
  • Devised an extensive emotional support service in a primary setting with recognition from Ofsted & the charities Headstogether & Place2Be
  • Created successful mindfulness and emotional support-based clubs & activities improving mental health & wellbeing across the whole school
  • Vast development training in Art Therapy & Emotional Literacy, Autism, Attachment, Dyslexia, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Loss, Self-Harm & Suicide Awareness, Bereavement, Behaviour, Self-Regulation, Mindfulness & Resilience

SUNRISE Wellbeing is an independently owned and controlled social enterprise to further maximise the wellbeing and potential of children, young people & adults