Fiona Beckford, Psychotherapist in Advanced Clinical Practice, Integrative Clinical Supervisor and Reflective Practitioner.
Read on to find out why Fiona is a leader…
Country of birth:
African countries you have visited:
Morocco, Libya, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa
Your family background:
My parents came to England from Jamaica in the early 1960’s and I was born the last of seven children at the end of the 1960’s. My father is a retired engineer and my mother was an orderly in a hospital for over 30 years. My parents divorced when I was eight years old which I found really difficult to handle, as everyone thought I was too young to understand, but I wasn’t and I felt alone. At that point I decided I was going to win whatever life threw at me; this was my childhood decision.
Tell us something about your leadership roles (employed or voluntary):
I work voluntarily for BAATN (Black and Asian Therapist Network), who support counsellors and therapists develop their skills. As a Co-ordinator, I manage a group of therapists, who in turn support counsellors who are training to become therapists. The programme is called Each One Teach One (EOTO for short).
What recent achievements (in the last 3 years) are you proud of and why. Give examples of the positive impact you have made in the diaspora and/or on the continent:
I’ve finished my Masters degree after starting it many years ago and only two months after my mother died.
I write and deliver wellbeing workshops to teenagers (aged 16-19 years) at the college where I work where we talk about things like Spirituality, Emotions, Relationships and many more other areas.
I’m also trauma trained, so if someone has been in a serious accident, or gone through something so painful they can’t move on with their life, I can help them.
A few words of advice to young leaders (age 5-11):
- Whatever you’re naturally good at; keep doing it. One day you might make money from it, then it won’t seem like work.
- Play as much as you work. If you get the balance right now, you can do it when you’re grown up.
- Be thankful for everything. Saying ‘Thank You’ doesn’t cost anything, but it pays really well.