Sian Noon
Senior Lecturer

sian noon
HPD, DSFH, NLP Master Practitioner, SPD (Supervisor), NCH (Acc), AfSFH (Reg), QTS
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“My Mum, who was raised on one of the poorest council estates in Europe, worked diligently at school to achieve academic success and subsequently had even higher expectations for me. As I reached my late teens I felt under significant pressure to maintain a perfect persona. I wasn’t convinced I even wanted to go to University and remember feeling extremely demotivated around that time. Understanding mental health in the way I do now, I can recognise that despite appearing outwardly confident and in-control, I was experiencing quite severe anxiety. Not wanting to let anyone down, and believing I didn’t really have a choice, I enrolled and graduated in 2001.”

Fast forward to 2006 and Sian, working for the same company, had been headhunted and moved to Bristol. Although this was viewed by many as a great achievement, a place where all the movers and shakers in the industry were based, Sian continued to feel unfulfilled.

“I took the job to please those who were asking, driven by a need to continue conveying this persona of success. Once the initial buzz from the pats on the back and congratulations had worn off, I felt so lost and unhappy when the reality of the job hit home. I found myself working long, stressful hours and socialising far too much in a subconscious attempt to hide how miserable I was feeling.”

One evening, in the pub after work, Brian, who I can only describe as the epitome of positivity, turned to me and said, quite firmly, ‘If you’re not happy, do something about it. What needs to change? Figure out how to make it happen but stop complaining. Do something!”

And so Sian did! After making some serious life adjustments, which included tying the knot with Brian and moving to East Sussex, she re-trained as a secondary school Drama and English teacher.

“I absolutely loved it. I faced some minor challenges, being that little bit older and having to step out of my comfort zone to re-train, but it was MY decision. There was something very powerful in that knowledge. I was now in the driving seat of my life. And having Brian to champion me along the way was the icing on the cake. He has such a strong belief in the abilities of others to achieve their goals, even when they struggle to see it themselves.”

In 2012 Sian was promoted to Head of Year, responsible for the emotional wellbeing of students in her care and was impressed with the positive results she was seeing by mentoring less and adopting a more outcome-focused approach with students.

“Students were much more motivated and responsive to change when I stopped trying to tell them what they should be doing and gave them space and time to identify their own goals. They really did have the answers within themselves and just needed someone to ask the right questions, actively listen to the answers and then help them figure out what steps they needed to take to achieve them.”

Sian also began to work with leaders in her school to develop coaching programs for children and delivering training sessions for school leaders within the county.

Sian also explains :

“I was really impressed with the quality of scientific research and Neuroscience that underpins the course. In all of my training over the years I’d never been presented with such a depth of evidence as to how and why a process works. It certainly gave me the higher level of credibility I felt I needed to take the next step and launch my business.

The teacher in me also loved the fact that part of the therapy process involves educating our clients on how their brain works to create the issues at hand and what we can do about it. We are giving them the knowledge they need to self-manage their mental health more effectively in the future once they have moved on from needing our support.”

Having had such positive experiences with CPHT as students, and then as practising therapists, the next stage of their journey was obvious to them both; to join the team and launch CPHT Brighton.

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