A Journey of Learning
I spent over twenty-five years in a variety of roles, team-work, facilitator, workshop leader, professional development coach and mediator, working across Local Government, voluntary sector and the NHS. In the early years of my working life, I was in the community as a youth worker and then substance misuse counsellor focusing on women and children. During the HIV/AIDS crisis of the early 1990s, I worked as an experiential group facilitator in the not-for-profit sector.
I returned to academic life and in 1995 completed an MSc in Human Resource Development, followed by a PG Diploma in Systemic Management in 2000. I worked for many years as an independent learning consultant in the Public Sector, primarily within the Health and Social Care sector. In this role I developed a range of systemic learning methods and creative approaches for working with groups and teams including diversity dialogue circles. I also have worked as a community mediator and became a professional coach. From 2003-2010 I designed and developed Black and Minority Ethnic Coaching Programmes for public sector organisations.
My Professional Journey to Systemic Practitioner
In the late 2000's I decided to return to community practice and in 2011 retrained as a Mental Nurse and Health Visitor. I also began learning the systemic constellations method completing an advanced level training with the Centre for Systemic Constellations, London in 2014-15. I continue to learn from other senior practitioners in the field, including Judith Hemmings, Albrecht Marr, Stephan Hausner, Daan van Kampenhout, Francesca Mason-Boring and Tanja Meyburgh.
My Personal Ancestral Journey
I have been on a personal healing journey for a long time, but it was only when I came to family constellations that I began to take positive steps to reconnect with my ancestral past. I started talking to my parents about our ancestral family heritage and I went back to Guyana to reconnect with family members. In 2014 I met Malidoma Some, the renowned African diviner of Dagara Heritage. In January 2016 I began a month-long healing study tour to his hometown Dano in Burkina Faso, West Africa. It was an introduction to the ancestors and a connection to the South African, Zulu 'ways-of-knowing' in the constellation.
Beginning to Follow the Ancestral Path
I began to follow the ancestral path on a deeper level, learning about approaches to healing and mental health and consulting with spiritual diviners and shamanic healers. After a DNA test, that told me more about my ancestry (even though it is not an exact science) I travelled to Benin in 2018 to find out more about my ancestral past. I consulted with local healers and took part in more rituals and ceremonies that reconnected me to African roots. I have been specialising and developing my own approach to systemic practice pioneering Ancestral Constellations since then. This transgenerational work combines the principles of systemic constellations theory with an ancestral and African centred approach.
MSc Human Resource Development
Pg Dip Systemic Management
Pg Dip Mental Health Nurse
Certificate in Mediation (OCN)
Advanced Systemic Constellations Trg
Individual and Group Coaching
Systemic Constellations Workshops
Training Courses and Programmes
Ancestral Family Research