How I went from exhausted, manipulated and overwhelmed Mum to helping hundreds of parents and carers like you build resilience and harmony in their home.

Before I became an NVR mentor, resilience trainer and conference speaker…. I was struggling to put in mildly!  

I started Stressed Parent in 2014 having become a stressed parent myself when I adopted her son in 2011, a highly traumatised and challenging three-year old. Originally a stress management trainer to industry, I started providing resilience programmes to parents and carers and have since specialised in mentoring parents of violent, aggressive and controlling children.

Why? I have walked in your shoes!

If you are on the receiving end of defiance, aggression, manipulation and other controlling behaviours, that was me too! Providing me with a unique empathy and understanding.

We received a lot of therapy, but it was an intervention called Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) that turned things around in my family. I became so convinced in the method that I trained in it professionally. Happily, Gill and her teenage son now have a very harmonious family life. (well mostly!).

Since 2014 I have provided training and mentors to families through over twenty adoption and fostering agencies and have developed a unique e-course and NVR parent mentoring via Zoom, called “From Hostility to Harmony, Changing a Challenging Child’s behaviour”.

And the best of it? 

I’ve had the honour of helping hundreds of parents like you sidestep years of struggle ……..

Are you ready to take the family changing steps to address the power struggles and creating more harmony at home?

Start by diving into one of my free resources


A Little more about me

I made medical history in 1963 being the youngest baby to have heart surgery

I owned UK’s largest school of Massage based in London for 22 years

I taught stress management alongside the above for 12 years

I got lost on the sides of Mount Kenya in 1989 for 5 days on my own

I love to hula hoop, do tai chi, flower arrange and go to Zumba

Why am I qualified to do what I do? 

I have studied what make people tick since 1998 becoming a Master practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, a Neuro-Agility Coach and and Non-Violent Resistance Practitioner. My most valuable qualification however, is my lived experience of child to parent violence and my teenage son, who is a living testament to going through some huge roller-coaster rides with me to becoming a truly amazing young man. 

Just to reassure you

I belong to and follow the professional ethics of the BABCP- British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies and receive professional supervision from the wonderful Jill Lubienski. 


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"The video is clear and feels personal to the listener. I feel able to listen and process what you're saying as the pace and tone are just right. I found the science/facts interesting - the stress curve for example was enlightening and makes perfect sense now when I watch the process of 'getting stressed' The workbook is a brilliant idea and I liked breaking from the video to 'do an activity'. The activities were thought-provoking and interesting. They were nice and short so not overwhelming and didn't feel like 'homework'! I like the fact that the workbook can be used for future reference too - great for embedding all those useful skills we're learning."

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