Our Team

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

MEET THE TEAM!

Sharon Wallerson

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Sharon and her team conceived Grow Therapeutic Coaching long before it became a reality. With over 20 year of experience leading youth and family provisions and 15 years of extensive therapeutic practice, Sharon is a passionate advocate of a more holistic and effective approach to supporting the emotional well being of young people in our schools.

Favourite Pastime: Horse riding

Proudest moment: Apart from my children watching my business grow

What do you enjoy most about your role?: The moment people realise that they are able to change

What is your guilty pleasure?: Buying far too many things I don’t need online and trying to guess what’s in the parcel when it arrives

Catherine Powell

Operations Director, Therapeutic Coach & Neurodiversity specialist

Cathy’s extensive experience and knowledge is underpinned by her studies in child and youth psychology, research and education.

She is a passionate SEND champion who has extensive experience of supporting professionals, young people and their families manage the practical and emotional impact of diagnosis and beyond.  Cathy’s knowledge combined with her honest and caring approach lead to her pioneering essential SEND best practice to support professionals, families and local authorities.

Favourite Pastime: Walking in the woods

Proudest moment: Getting my degree later in life after dropping out at 19

What do you enjoy most about your role?: Helping people understand themselves better

What is your guilty pleasure?: Candy crush

Rowena Sallis

Therapeutic Coach & Family specialist

Rowena brings years of experience of working with children and families, with a background of mental health services.  Her practical approach, combined with her knowledge and skills gives Rowena the ability to engage people at all levels and ensures a high success rate of student engagement and positive outcomes.

Favourite PastimeEating out

Proudest moment: Apart from becoming a mum returning to university later in life to get my degree

What do you enjoy most about your role?: Being able to make a difference

What is your guilty pleasure?: Making Tik Toks

Victoria Chapman

Therapeutic Coach

After working as a Head of Sixth Form and teacher of psychology in South London, Victoria decided to take a step back from management and return to her interest in psychology.  Since retraining as a therapist, Victoria has managed to combine her interests, by delivering workshops and conducting 1:1 therapeutic sessions to enable people to overcome their personal hurdles and find a sense of strength and peace. Being a mother of two boys she is determined to challenge the toxic ‘man up’ rhetoric and push the importance of speaking up and talking about mental health and personal well being.

Favourite Pastime: Travelling or planning trips away 

Proudest moment: See my children grow and develop

What do you enjoy most about your role?:

The satisfaction of when people telling you that they no longer need your help

What is your guilty pleasure?: Large quantities of chocolate biscuits 

Samantha Grant

therapeutic Coach & Psych-k specialist

Samantha is passionate about happiness and wellbeing, she uses her skills and experience as a therapist to enable young people to improve their self-esteem, confidence and self-belief. Life is a network of relationships and the most important relationship is the one you have with yourself. She is empathetic and approachable which helps others to feel relaxed while developing their inner confidence and self-worth. With a computer science background, she is dedicated to helping people update the software of their mind to get the best results and succeed in life.

Favourite Pastime: Swimming and spending time with my family

Proudest moment: Training Rita, (the Guide Dog for the Blind puppy), who lived with us for 1 year and later meeting her puppies, who also became guide dogs and hearing dogs

What do you enjoy most about your role?Helping people to discover they have all the resources they need to feel happy, at peace and good about themselves

What is your guilty pleasure?: In a restaurant I’ll choose 3 things, ask a friend to order one of them when I’m at the loo and keep it a secret. Then I’ll revel in the anticipation and surprise at which one will arrive!

Sharon Burton

therapeutic Coach & Social Media Director

Having started life as an administrator for Grow, Sharon was so impressed by the enthusiasm and passion within the team that she took the plunge and completed the training to become a therapist herself. Sharon now works with young people, empowering them to become the best possible version of themselves. She also heads up the social media side of our business, helping to engage with as many people as possible about the work we do.

Favourite PastimeWatching ANY football, whether it’s my team Watford FC or a Sunday league team in the park!

Proudest moment: Becoming a mum

What do you enjoy most about your role?: Being able to work with so many amazing young people and being a part of their journey

What is your guilty pleasure?: Scrolling through Twitter and putting mayonnaise on EVERYTHING

Margie Kinsella

THERAPEUTIC COACH & AMDR (TRAUMA) SPECIALIST

Margie is an experienced therapist working with children and young people in South West London. Dealing with many issues related to anxiety and trauma, phobias, eating issues and OCD, etc. Margie loves helping others to grow

Favourite Pastime: Eating out and being VERY mischievous!

Proudest moment: Hands down – graduating as a therapist

What do you enjoy most about your role?: Solving puzzles, finding solutions and watching people grow their wings

What is your guilty pleasure?: Marvel films

Ruth Sutton

THERAPEUTIC COACH & WOMEN/GIRL’S MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST

Ruth has worked for 15+ years in women’s mental health, including 5 years in the NHS, contributing to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) UK guidelines for women’s mental health in the UK; she has a particular interest in helping young women find out who they are, how they can negotiate life’s challenges and recover from trauma.

Favourite Pastime: Anything at all to do with archaeology and history

Proudest moment: Keeping the boat afloat as a single mum

What do you enjoy most about your role?: Being creative

What is your guilty pleasure?: Watching documentaries about the royal family

Jayne Cowan

therapeutic Coach & Bereavement specialist

As a Grow therapist I work in a non-judgemental and flexible way by listening to the young person and their model of the world. Guiding them with empathy, kindness and giving them options so they can make the right decisions for themselves.

Favourite Pastime: Being outdoors running or walking with my dogs and taking photos along the way

Proudest moment: Completing my Diploma with Quest

What do you enjoy most about your role?: Empowering people to take control of their lives

What is your guilty pleasure?: Buying shoes I love, but actually never wear

jemma James

therapeutic Coach & LGBTQI Specialist

Jemma originally trained at drama school and now loves working with young people and helping them to create the future they deserve for themselves. She especially enjoys working with her clients to overcome anxiety, lack of confidence and self-doubt.

Favourite Pastime: Hanging out at home with my family

Proudest moment: My wedding day

What do you enjoy most about your role?: Being able to help people move towards the future they want

What is your guilty pleasure?: Any form of potato snack

Archie

Trainee Therapy Dog

Archie is a key part of the team.

Favourite Pastime: Hanging out with humans

Proudest moment: Learning to ride a skateboard

What do you enjoy most about your role?: Meeting lots of people

What is your guilty pleasure?: Eating my whole teddy in one go

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