Dawn has over 30 years’ experience of helping people achieve their goals. She is a registered UKCP Psychotherapist with an MSc in Psychological Trauma and additional qualifications and skills in the delivery of Critical Incident Debriefing and Psychological First Aid.
In 1987 She was a teacher of adults at Accrington and Rossendale College of Further and Higher Education, and was inspired by students’ ambition to improve their careers and life experiences. Within a year she joined Student Services, a department dedicated to ensuring students were fully supported during their time at College. Dawn enjoyed her work so much she undertook further training and became a qualified Careers Advisor and within 5 years became the Manager.
Whilst interviewing adults returning to education and making the brave step to improve their lives, Dawn realised they needed more than a careers interview. Many adults were stuck with unhelpful beliefs, lacked confidence and had low self-esteem. This was a significant turning point on Dawn’s career path. She undertook additional qualifications to gain the counselling and psychotherapy skills needed to help.
In 2005, she reached another turning point; her job was becoming more strategic and she noticed what she liked doing most, she was doing least. So, she resigned and started her company, Life Designs and more Ltd. Dawn says: “I have the best job in the world. I help people: assess their situation; overcome overwhelming adversity, difficulties and setbacks; and reach a point where they have the freedom to live a more comfortable and confident life”.