Academic Work/Research

2020 was the year I started my further academic journey (in the middle of a  pandemic) studying for a Masters in Psychology Full-Time alongside my therapy work.

I graduated in 2022 from Leeds University with an MSc Psychology (Merit).

My research interests are:

  • Women’s Health
  • Neurodiversity
  • Late Discovered Neurodivergent Women.

I’ve created a community over on Instagram @asta.community for this area of my work and my research, and I’ve aptly called it ‘Asta’ (which means divine strength in Danish) because I work from an affirming, strengths based perspective – I believe that we all have a unique set of strengths, and I wholly reject the deficit-framing narrative that exists.

 

Brands

Pre-Pandemic when panel discussions and events were ‘a thing’ I was the well-being expert for John Lewis Leeds and I’ve also worked on campaigns with Dame Kelly Holmes for national stress awareness week; collaborated with well-being brand NEOM, and offered my behavioural insights to agency campaigns on subjects such as motivation and womanhood.

I’ve spoken on countless panels in partnership with brands such as John Lewis and Whistles and I’ve hosted panel discussions too – one of my favourite panel discussions was the Marie Claire Magazine ‘Future Shapers Live’ event in London in 2018.

 

Radio

I just so happen to love LIVE radio. I love it because it’s an opportunity to share with the world what I’ve learned. Whether it’s talking about shyness on BBC Radio 5 Breakfast or a live call in on BBC Radio Leeds about OCD after rocking up the air miles, this is my passion. During 2018-2021 I was the Resident Psychotherapist on the Stephanie Hirst show on BBC Radio Leeds, on air every month, giving the inside story of what I know, and I also regularly speak on BBC Radio 5 Live sharing my expertise.

Media

I’ve guest contributed on issues such as loneliness in Women’s Health Magazine, the ‘sunday night dread’ in Grazia and have shared my happiness hacks in Boots Health & Beauty Magazine. I’ve contributed to articles for CNN, BBC, Telegraph and have co-written in Happiful Magazine and others.

Writer

I’ve been blogging, article writing and sharing daily content on my instagram feed about what I’ve learned for the past 7 years and I would one day like to publish a book.

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