I’m Delphi Ellis – Helping You Sparkle™. I am a qualified counsellor, mental health and well-being trainer, and mindfulness practitioner. I provide services into the community to help people find what I call their ‘mojo’ (feel-good energy or motivation) and get their sparkle back, often during or after a difficult time in their lives. I have a special interest in dreams and sleep, appearing on TV shows like This Morning and Loose Women. (You can find out more about this further down the page).
My mission is to help improve the global conversation around mental health, and enhance the well-being of others through compassionate education. As a specialist trainer on the subject of bereavement, this includes challenging the taboo of talking about death, dying, grief and loss, and helping to break the stigma associated with poor mental health particularly at work, encouraging employers to develop mindful leadership and communication.
I have designed and delivered nationwide training programmes, including promoting the benefits of peer support following the death of a loved one, and tailored bereavement awareness training to front line personnel including police officers, paramedics, and search and rescue teams.
I work by recognising human potential, helping people build their resilience and manage uncertainty, engaging in wholehearted, meaningful dialogue. I am a strong advocate of self-compassion, encouraging regular restorative acts of self-care and work with an integrated, holistic therapeutic approach.
I am based in Milton Keynes, with some services available nationwide and globally via call services like Zoom, Teams and Google Hangout.
I started my therapeutic career in 2002, where I supported those bereaved by murder and suicide. I attended inquests at coroner’s court, and later did additional training with the National Homicide Service.
During 2018, I developed a training programme and was the specialist lead trainer for the More than Words project, developing peer support groups for bereaved people, around the country. In 2019, I developed the training programme and became lead trainer for the You Behind the Uniform project, discussing bereavement awareness and encouraging self-care with front-line emergency personnel, including police officers, search and rescue and paramedics.
Today, I have brought all my skills and experience together to work in the community, raising awareness and promoting the benefits of mental health maintenance through 1-1 sessions, workshops and group events. When the time is right for my clients, we work collaboratively to help them find their way forward and get their sparkle back.
As an integrated, holistic counsellor, I am able to use a number of different models, recognising the uniqueness of my clients and their situation; people are at the heart of the work I do. I listen to what my clients need, helping them find their way back to centre, towards a ‘new normal’. (You can find out more about my counselling services here.)
Female Mental Health
In 2004, I established a unique website dedicated to Pregnancy Mental Health, following my own experience of depression and anxiety during pregnancy. This began a journey of promoting better female mental health for those affected by their pregnancy, and later for those escaping domestic abuse. I now promote healthy dialogue to help end discrimination and highlight inequality, campaigning through my Lets Talk Lady Business™ website and social media, to help end shaming, exploitation and violence towards women.
I have featured in several popular magazines including Pregnancy and Birth and Natural Health, and featured on radio programmes like Radio 4’s Women’s Hour. (You can see an extensive list of tv and media appearances below).
Qualifications and Training
My qualifications and training include Therapeutic Counselling, Delivering Adult Learning, Restorative Justice, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Support for Insomnia, Positive Psychology, Pain Management, Mental Health First Aid (and Psychological First Aid for Pandemics), and Mindfulness. I am accredited to work with victims of crime, including those escaping domestic abuse.
Volunteering and Charity Work
I volunteer locally as a ‘Well-being Community Champion’ and Independent Adviser, raising awareness of challenges associated with the topics I cover. I encourage collaboration between agencies, promoting effective (mindful) leadership, and wellness, particularly for front-line personnel.
TV and Media Career
I also work for a charity in my spare time which offers a unique transport service for cancer patients, which has won the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.
I have enjoyed a TV and media career 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 Shropshire, 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
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
Daily Express, Mens Health magazine, Practical Parenting & Pregnancy Magazine, Natural Health, 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
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
As well as sleep and dreams, I have a keen interest in neuroscience, particularly research around compassion focused therapy, using mindfulness for emotion regulation, self awareness and adapting behaviour, such as through breaking unhealthy habits, and goal setting.
I have followed a Buddhist way of life since around 2009, most recently in the Theravada tradition. This means I am able to bring into my work, where appropriate, an intelligent philosophy which focuses on mindful living, with a positive intention to alleviate the suffering of others.
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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™