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 Hi! My name is Jill Dodd

 

I am a Personal Performance Coach (aka Life Coach) with a particular interest in mindfulness and mental well-being.

I studied Psychology at Southampton University, then after working for a couple of years in retail management went back to University (Oxford Brookes) in 1992 to train as an Occupational Therapist. I had a particular interest in Mental Health and worked in the NHS in various Adult Mental Health settings for 18 years. The last 12 of these were in a Psychological Therapies Service where I trained in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). My main passion was working with the clients and in particular developing and facilitating a range of therapeutic groups including Anxiety Management, Coping with Difficult Emotions, Mindfulness, Relaxation and Compassion Focused Therapy. I became increasingly frustrated with the amount of data collection, administration and the impact this had on client contact, in the NHS however and enjoy the freedom of working for myself, the lack of red tape and administration. 

My interest in mindfulness began when I trained in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy in 2005, mindfulness forms a large part of this therapy. I completed the 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course in 2011 and subsequently the MBSR teacher training with Suryacitta aka The Happy Buddha and author of “Happiness and How it Happens, Finding Contentment through Mindfulness”. I am not a Buddhist nor particularly spiritual but recognise the value in understanding the origins of mindfulness and the principles that guide mindful practice. This and my background in psychological therapy has enabled me to put together a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course that I hope will be neither too much like therapy nor too much like spiritual teaching.

I trained in Coaching with The Coaching Academy. I was attracted to coaching because I felt it would enable me to use some of my existing skills in new settings. As an Occupational Therapist I was interested in activities – what people need and want to do and how I could help them develop the skills to overcome the obstacles in their way. In mental health this was often about their mood/emotions and thoughts. Coaching is about helping people achieve their goals, so again about what people need and want to do. What I particularly like about coaching is that it elicits an individual's strengths and inner resources and in doing so is really empowering and motivating. Based on the belief that the client holds all the answers, coaching is purely the dialogue that unlocks these answers. There's no advice giving or lecturing or solving problems for people and this means the client is left feeling resilient and enthusiastic about achieving their goals. Furthermore even when people are not experiencing mental health problems it is often still their thoughts and beliefs that prevent them being successful and coaching  helps the client identify their limiting beliefs and more empowering responses. 

I believe we all have the power to determine our outcomes (win our battles and achieve our goals) and that our thinking patterns can be our biggest ally or our strongest enemy. Mindfulness i.e. awareness of our experience in the present moment, is central to this. Being aware of our thoughts and feelings and their impact on our behaviour, whether they help or hinder us in moving in a valued direction, allows us to choose whether we engage with thoughts or let them go and can, consequently have a significant impact on our success.

Away from my work roles I am a wife, a mother and a volunteer.  Apart from all of this, my greatest achievements to date have been: completing the London Moonwalk in 2013, a 26 mile power walk at night; leaving a career of 18 years to set up on my own; and running fund raising events for charity.

I am based on the border of East Dorset and Hampshire, near Fordingbridge.