I love butterflies 🦋; they are a symbol of rebirth, transformation, change, hope, joy and new beginnings. So my motto is simply ‘Free the Butterfly’.
My name is Sharon Briggs and I, like most women, wear many hats. First and foremost I am a mum; not ‘just’ a mum but I have managed to somehow bring up two well-balanced children, relatively unscathed, apart from the occasional ups and downs that parenting two teenagers brings. I also understand that as a parent, it can sometimes feel like you are a juggler at the circus with every day bringing different demands.
My work career has seen me take different paths working in recruitment, PR and Safer Communities within the Police and various volunteering positions including as a Family Support Worker. I have also worked with children and young people in various positions over the last 30 years.
I started Free the Butterfly in June 2014 from an interest I had in life coaching and counselling. As soon as I started training I knew that I had found my passion and I haven’t looked back. I kept going and trained in a variety of therapies as I found that both mind and body were connected and it wasn’t just talking therapies that could make a difference but hands on therapies too.
I am fortunate to do some work for a variety of worthwhile organisations.
At the SAFE Project I support children and young people who are affected by crime, bullying, domestic abuse and sexual violence. I also help to run a project called Building Respectful Families which is a restorative program for child on parent violence.
Calcot Family Children’s Services provide homes and support to looked after children and young people in care. I work with the Children’s Home managers to critically reflect on their work and to offer support and solutions. I also provide 1:1 counselling for the young people in care to overcome issues, work through trauma and help find their own solutions in moving forward
From my knowledge I have created awareness training which I deliver in a variety of subjects such as domestic abuse awareness, self harm & eating disorders, alcohol and drugs awareness and mental health.
My continued thirst for knowledge sees me as the eternal student, forever studying so I can offer more therapies to my practice. I have a ‘bucket’ list as long as my arm to complete but I am slowly ticking things off when I can.
Fly over and allow me to help you Free the Butterfly within.