Maggie is the Clinical Service Manager at Sheffield Eating Disorder Service and has been a trustee at SYEDA for over 20 years.
I am currently training to be a Dramatherapist at the University of Derby. I come to SYEDA with experience of working therapeutically with children and young adults in school settings. Prior to my training, I worked as a teacher in mainstream, special and further education. My approach is compassionate, caring and creative. I was awarded a BADth student bursary to attend the Dramatherapy Conference. I have a strong interest in the creative arts and how they can help people. In my spare time I help to manage Spectrum Theatre Company.
I have been working here at SYEDA for 2 years now. I secured a placement whilst studying for my diploma and more recently as an employee. As a counsellor I have witnessed first hand how supporting people through their darkest times can bring comfort and an element of hope. I am extremely passionate about what I do and feel both privileged and honored to be part of an amazing team.
I am the Outreach Clinical Coordinator for The Big Lottery ‘Reaching Out’ project here at SYEDA. I coordinate and over see the delivery of therapy and liaise with other organisations regarding our project in Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster. I offer assessments in all three areas and deliver counselling sessions in Doncaster and Rotherham. I also currently facilitate ‘Treading on Eggshells’, a course we run for carers to help resource them further to care and support their loved one with an eating disorder.
I use an integrative therapeutic approach, putting the client at the centre of their therapy. It is my belief that the relationship between the therapist and client is a vital part of therapy and leads to the best possible outcomes.
I have lived in Sheffield since 2002 and worked in a number of different roles in this time. Most recently I’ve worked as Operational Manager at Sheffield Mind and as a commissioner in the NHS and I am currently Programme Lead for Quality Improvement at South Yorkshire Housing Association. I have always been passionate about the voluntary sector in Sheffield and have wanted to contribute to the success of small, grassroots organisations such as SYEDA.
I have had a number of close friends who have suffered from eating disorders and have therefore been in a caring role more than once. I think the work SYEDA does around early intervention and support for sufferers and carers is essential and I have seen the lives of numerous people turned around through our services. I have been on the Board since 2013, first as the Secretary and currently as the Chair. It's a challenging role but I love it!