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I am a qualified counsellor, well-being trainer and author of Answers In The Dark: Grief, Sleep and How Dreams Can Help You Heal. My community work is aimed at helping people find what I call their ‘mojo’ (purpose or motivation) and get their sparkle back, often during or after a difficult time in their lives.
I have designed and delivered bespoke bereavement awareness and well-being training nationally, to public sector services including police officers, nurses, paramedics and search and rescue teams. I also provide Mindful Leadership Training and wellness programmes to international, corporate clients. I have a special interest in dreams and sleep, appearing on TV shows like ITV’s This Morning and Loose Women. (You can find out more about this further down the page).
My mission is to help enhance the well-being of others through compassionate education, and fostering community connections with wholehearted dialogue that facilitates meaningful change. I believe in human potential and, through the extensive involvement I’ve had facilitating peer support, I trust in the ability of communities working together to help create a more enlightened society.
I follow a Buddhist way of life.
I started my therapeutic career in 2002, where I supported those bereaved by murder and suicide, including attending inquests at coroner’s court. I have also worked across the private, public and third sectors including in a FTSE100 company, a national charity and in the NHS, in management and leadership roles.
In 2004, I established a unique website and ran peer support group for two years dedicated to Pregnancy Mental Health, following my own experiences. As a result, I featured in several popular magazines on this topic, including Pregnancy and Birth and Natural Health magazines, and featured on radio programmes like Radio 4’s Women’s Hour. (You can see a full list of tv and media appearances below).
Later, I led a peer mentoring service for three years with a well-known mental health charity, offering relevant training to volunteers and helping establish the goals of those using the service.
During the pandemic I also ran a bereavement peer support group for grieving people and set up A Grief Note™ on Twitter.
I am the author of Answers In The Dark: Grief, Sleep and How Dreams Can Help You Heal. The book aims to join the dots between our sleep, dreams and our mental health, specifically how grief shows up even if no one has died. It explores some of the big myths of sleep, offers a Sleep Cycle Repair Kit and some tips on how to decode your own dreams.
I am currently working on a second book.
Qualifications and Training
My qualifications are in Therapeutic Counselling, Delivering Adult Learning and Management and Leadership. I am also a Mental Health First Aider and authentically trained in Mindfulness. I ensure I engage with continuing professional development throughout the year, so that the learning I provide remains up to date.
I also trained with the National Homicide Service, Victim Support, and Women’s Aid. I am accredited to work with victims of crime, including those escaping domestic abuse.
I volunteer for an organisation that supports grieving people often bereaved by murder or suicide. I also give my time for free as an Independent Advisor and Community Ambassador for national conversations that focus on ending male violence against women and girls including domestic abuse. I chose this work for reasons close to my heart and I explain why I think we need this conversation here. The national domestic abuse helpline in the U.K. is 0808 2000 247.
I also volunteer with a local emergency response team, providing emotional support as needed in the event of a major incident.
I also work for a charity in my spare time that transports patients with cancer to hospital for their treatment, that won the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.
TV and Media Appearances
I have enjoyed many TV and media appearances talking passionately about the subjects I cover, including healthy sleep and dreams. Media Appearances include:
BBC Radio: BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 1 Xtra, BBC WM, BBC Hereford and Worcester , BBC Coventry, BBC Three Counties, BBC Radio 6 with George Lamb, BBC Suffolk Breakfast Show, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Drive Time, BBC Radio Leeds Drive Time, BBC Tees, BBC Radio Shropshire, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 4, Woman’s Hour, BBC London with Sunny & Shay and on the Eddie Nestor show, Talk Sport, Beacon Radio, Hallam FM, Original 106 FM, Gemini FM, WLR FM, XFM, The Psychic Show (LBC 97.3), My Spirit Radio, Bridge Radio, Red FM, Talk Radio (Europe)
Loose Women, ITV’s This Morning, DayBreak (Presenter of The Guide to Sleep), , GMTV, The Wright Stuff, LK Today (Lorraine), Consultant to SO Television for My Lovely Audience (Graham Norton), Psychic TV
Natural Health, In Style Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Daily Express, Practical Parenting & Pregnancy Magazine, Soul & Spirit magazine, Huffington Post, Guardian (G2), Sunday Express, Pregnancy, Baby & You, Daily Express, Daily Telegraph, Pregnancy & Birth magazine, Prima Baby magazine, Practical Parenting, Columnist for Spirit & Destiny Magazine, Contributor to Talk Mum, Contributor to Silent Voices, Columnist for Spirit Force Magazine, Mens Health magazine
I have worked with several companies to promote products related to my specialist areas. These have included: Dreams Bed Company, Maybelline New York, Sky + HD (article featured in Daily Telegraph), Johnson’s Beauty: Dreamy Skin, Snow Leopard Trust
- “Women Who Keep Bedfordshire Safer” – Winner
- Volunteer of the Year Cohesion Award – Services to the Community
- “Women Who Keep Bedfordshire Safer” – Nomination
- Health and Social Care Awards for Mental Health & Wellbeing (Regional Finalist)
- Spiritual Connextions Awards for Service to Others – Winner
With Delphi’s help, I have a new perspective on life and the strength to face new and challenging things in a positive way.” B.
© Delphi Ellis, Helping You Sparkle™ – Wellness through Learning™