Hi! I’m Daniella
A brief introduction...
Here's me with my fluffy friend, walking in the mountains (and avoiding the camera!).
Thankfully, these days I can easily walk for many miles, but that wasn't always the case. I suffered from chronic pain and fatigue for many years, and the last couple of decades have been an intense journey, one which has brought me through stress and trauma, to a place where I am at peace with life.
This has also been a simultaneous journey of awakening. Of going through a process of deepening self-awareness, letting go of beliefs, deep transformation, and of being able to navigate life with more wisdom.
Now that I am out at the other side, I help guide other people through a similar process - one of healing, mindfulness, transformation, and ultimately of self-realization.
Here's how I approach coaching...
Coaching is not like buying any old product in a shop. It is a dynamic, evolving relationship between two people. As with anything where people are involved, there are important dynamics to consider before you choose to work with that person. For a start, it's important that you actually get on with your coach, that you share similar values, beliefs, and have a like-minded approach to life and health.
So with this in mind, here's a little bit about me - hopefully this will help you decide whether we are on the same page...
Let's begin with my interest in exploring the nature of mind, spirituality and health. I have been helping people to improve their health and well-being for over thirty years now. It's something that I love to do - if I can help one person feel better, be less stressed, and experience a better life, then I think that is a valuable use of my time.
I used to work in the NHS for many years as a qualified nurse. I've worked in acute hospital units, hospice care, GP surgeries, and in health promotion centres. I have always had a calling to be of service and support for people who are going through challenging times, as I have also been naturally drawn to exploring the relationship between health and personal development throughout my life.
However, my interest in health took a radical shift in direction around the same time that I developed chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, many years ago now. I had already been working in mainstream healthcare for a long time at that point. But being so unwell made me very aware of the tremendous gap between the well-meaning advice which is usually given to people who have chronic illness, and the lived experience of being ill.
Since then, I have made a full recovery. But my experiences propelled me onto a path of developing deeper insights into the nature of healing, the mind-body connection, and how you can take more control over your own health and well-being.
I made many important shifts in my approach to health during that time. For example, I began to realise that people who get well usually focus on the positive aspects of health, and work towards them, instead of focusing on illness. I also found that you are the expert on your own health - you know your own body better than anyone else ever can, no matter who they are. Try not to fit into the expectations and judgements of other people. Listen to your own mind, body, and emotions, and follow your own path.
Wisdom and wellbeing...
Once I started to take a more holistic approach to wellbeing, I also found that it naturally evolves into an ever-deeper investigation about the nature of life. This was an unexpected turn of events...
One of the things that surprised me was the relationship between overcoming challenges, like emotional trauma, or dealing with a chronic illness, and the spiritual dimension of life. I found that many people who are experiencing adversity are also drawn towards spirituality or religion. As you begin to question life on a deeper level, wellbeing can become a process of personal and spiritual growth.
It was a key insight for me - that the journey of wisdom, and of wellbeing, evolves simultaneously.
I began to understand the real depth and importance of this journey - that it is really one of awakening to the nature of who you are, at the deepest level of your being.
I decided to return to university, and this was one of the best things I have done in my life. It gave me the time to focus in-depth on the aspects of life, spirituality, and health, that I wanted clarity on. So, rather than being a process of learning, it was one of letting go. Of being able to connect with well-being now from a much deeper perspective - as a journey of self-realization.
So, this brings me back to now, where I help people to integrate embodied wisdom into their own lives. I do this because it is the one thing which really brings relief from suffering. Sometimes you need to step outside of the expectations of other people, to see through cultural norms, and to tune in to your own inner wisdom - because that is where you can access deep and lasting wellness.
My Background, Qualifications, and Scope of Practice
It's so important to know that your coach is sufficiently qualified to help you, and fortunately I love learning, and so I have completed a lot of programmes over the years. Also, on a side note, my Professional Associations require me to list my qualifications here on my website....
So, with these things in mind, (and not because I'm on an ego trip!) here's a list of my main qualifications - the ones which are most relevant to the services that I provide now...
Health & Chronic Illness
Qualified registered nurse: with post graduate diplomas in stress & chronic illness management, behaviour change, including psychology, pain control, asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular health
Chrysalis Effect Practitioner: specialist coaching for recovery from chronic pain & exhaustive conditions, including CFS/ME & fibromyalgia
ILM Accredited Well-Being Coach: lifestyle coaching for health-related issues including diet, healthy habits, stress, relationships, emotions
Scope of Practice:
Therapies for symptom control:
Back and muscular pain
Joint pain and muscular injuries
Fibromyalgia pain relief
Stress and anxiety reduction
Meridians and energy balance
Diet and nutrition
Acupressure for health
FD (Sc) - Complementary therapies: Studying holistic wellness, the relationship between spirituality and health, healing therapies, the mind-body connection, and holistic health
Including: nutrition, exercise, anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, psychology
Professional qualifications in several therapies, including therapeutic and remedial massage, aromatherapy, nutrition, reiki, reflexology, and acupressure
Scope of Practice:
Chronic fatigue conditions
Health & well-being
Career & financial health
Wisdom & Spirituality
MA (Phil) - Eastern & Western Philosophy: studying metaphysics, philosophy of mind, spirituality & religion, and health & well-being
Dissertation - Perspectives on trauma, mental illness, spiritual experience, and recovery.
BA (Hons) - Philosophy, Spirituality & Health: Studying mind and body, spirituality & religion, scientific theory, rationality, knowledge, ethics, and approaches to health
Scope of Practice:
Philosophy of mind
Trauma and mental health
Spirituality and religion
Ethics and morals
Science and rationality
Wisdom and well-being
Ready to get started?
Join one of my holistic wellbeing programmes and begin your journey to experiencing improved wellbeing, whilst developing on your own spiritual path.