I’m a published writer having laboured on many different types of writing projects including my PhD thesis, peer reviewed research articles, reviews, articles, and a novel which will soon be published. I am a writer for PositivePsychology.com where my articles discuss a range of positive psychology techniques that I use during writing coaching sessions.  You can read my author profile here and scroll to the bottom to see my articles that have been published so far. Many more are scheduled for publication this year. 

After completing my PhD I was appointed a Lecturer in Mental Health at the University of Sheffield where I supervised a wide range of graduate research students. Many were international ESL students who struggled to produce their dissertations and theses. Often their language skills needed support and development, but also their anxiety about their language abilities interfered with their writing process. 

 

I used my training in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to suggest my students try some cognitive defusion exercises to overcome their internal obstacles to writing. This approach was highly successful at helping  students to complete their writing projects. I also use ACT techniques to optimise my own productivity. Eventually, the Focused Flow approach to writing coaching was developed from these experiences.