Who am I?
Hello! My name is Emily and I’m a qualified Ollie Coach working in Cambridgeshire. But I wasn’t always an Ollie Coach…
I’ve always been a bit of a geek, and I love Sci-Fi and Fantasy, particularly Star Trek. Because of this, I did Electronics at University and worked in that field for a while. I liked the problem solving of helping fix things, but I wanted to help people too. So I joined the local St John Ambulance unit and volunteered with them for 12 years, covering everything from quiet little village fetes, through to major sporting events and large music festivals. Through the experience I gained there, I even got to take my skills to help out at the London 2012 Olympics!
Having properly got the “helping people” bug, I had a bit of a career change into Crime Scene Examination, which is a fascinating career, but there was still something missing – I now wanted to know why people did things.
So how did I become an Ollie Coach?
To find out “how people tick”, I first did a course in Cognitive Hypnotherapy, which is a brilliantly flexible style of therapy, with methods to suit all sorts of people and all sorts of problems. There were hints of how you could have fun with the therapy you were doing – laughter truly is one of the best forms of therapy – but it was still a little bit straight-faced.
That’s where Ali came in. Ali is the creator of Ollie and his Super Powers, and wanted to share her unique style of therapy with other therapists, because it was working much faster than more traditional forms of therapy. Why was that? Because it’s fun! Obviously we deal with some serious topics, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have fun when sorting them out. It can be as gentle as explaining something, using things that the client is familiar with – a favourite cartoon or game perhaps – through to dressing up in crazy hats or pretending to fight dragons!
Every day is exciting when you know you’re going to help someone be the best version of themselves – and have fun doing it!
Ali & Emily