May your choices reflect your hopes and not your fears...
Hi, I’m Dorota
Over the last decade of my life, I have done a lot of soul searching and have accumulated a wealth of life experiences that have shaped who I am today. I stand for inclusion, community building and speaking up about mental health problems to reduce stigma.
I graduated with a Law and German degree with a 2:1 and worked as a Legal Assistant for a while. I then went in a different direction and pursued working with people with disabilities and then children with special needs in both mainstream and SEND schools. I found it extremely rewarding
to work with people with different communication abilities and figuring out ways to build meaningful connection.
I am very passionate about working with children with autism and have learned a lot about tools and techniques to help them with self-regulation. Thanks to Darren’s wealth of knowledge and introducing me to mindfulness, I experimented with breathing techniques with children and discovered they do work in a lot of scenarios – particularly during a ‘meltdown’ if taught correctly
and included in the meltdown response routine.
They are also great as part of a daily routine to help kids develop strategies for spotting and catching their emotions before they take over – with enough imagination and creativity we can help them create a safe inner world where they don’t fear the emotional changes and don’t see them as intense threats to their routine (hence very strong reactions).
As a result, I now make meditations on our YouTube channel specifically written and formulated for children on the autism spectrum. As always, we are all different and not every meditation will work but I love experimenting with different ways to deliver a calming message.
I also love connecting with parents and people working with SEN students – “bad day” acceptance is crucial in my opinion and holding yourself in compassion when nothing has worked, and you and your child just fall asleep at the end of the day exhausted… sometimes this is our parent reality and that’s okay!
We will not be heroes in red capes every day and that’s what makes us beautifully human.
I also take huge interest in self-development and creating a self-compassionate life following my own journey with anxiety, OCD, insomnia, body and self-image dysmorphia, eating problems (both overeating and undereating), nail biting, shopping addiction, overthinking, jealousy issues and negative self-talk all amidst a turbulent but determined recovery from emotional narcissistic
I am therefore able to offer services for women who suffer with
mother wound and wish to recreate their sense of wellbeing and build a solid ground under their feet. The road is not easy but there is a way out.
In my spare time, I love reading (I underline a lot and love creating quotes for Instagram), baking, drinking loads of cups of green tea (and leaving the cups everywhere after!), and when I can afford it, eat vegan sushi!
I also love gardening and watching things grow – my favourite are pumpkins,
sunflowers, tomatoes, and dahlias. I have a beautiful stray cat that decided to stay – initially named Iwanek, but Darren calls him Carl Jung, shortened to CJ most of the time. I enjoy long walks in nature, photography and art (FIMO is my best friend).
My life motto is: if you are alive, you still have a chance to build something beautiful out of your life, no matter your age or the things life threw at you in the past. It takes reconnecting to the parts of you that are still breathing with hope and find joy in things, and I promise you I know how hard that can be.
You can do this thing called life and it can love you back.
Much love, Dorota.