Award winning actress Kate Ford became a household name as the dark, manipulative and dangerous Tracy Barlow on the character’s return to the legendary Coronation Street in 2002.
Here she remained in until 2007 ensuring Tracy became the person that the population loved to hate, with Kate’s enthralling performance of the Street’s most intriguing bad girl.
On the back of Tracy’s popularity, Kate went back to Weatherfield in 2010 and remains a pivotal character on the show.
During her time on Coronation Street, Kate has been rewarded for her success receiving: Awards at the British Soap Awards in 2004 and 2005; “Best Storyline” (alongside Samia Smith and Bill Ward) at the British Soap Awards in 2007 and “Best Actress” also at the British Soap Awards 2007.
Aside from her role as Tracy she has also appeared in other well-known programmes: Blue Murder in 2007 (alongside Caroline Quentin); Missing in 2010 (alongside Pauline Quirk); a spinoff of Eastenders in 2002 (alongside Sid Owen and Patsy Palmer) and also starred in the daytime soap Doctors in 2001.
Kate is well known for her animal rights campaigning outside her work as an actress. She actively supports the Anti-Fur trade in China campaigning to prevent the skinning of cats and dogs. She supports Compassion in World Farming and is also the Honorary Vice President of Baby Lifeline campaigning to raise funds for new equipment for neonatal and maternity units across the UK.
I am very excited to accept the role of Honorary Patron of Tappy Twins. The work that they do has a very real impact on some of our countries most vulnerable children. I am proud to be able to be part of it. Together we can make such a difference.
Suzanne Skeete TAMT
Known for her infectious enthusiasm, energy and ability to help others to be exactly whom and what they want to be. Through Tappy Twins, over the years, Suzanne has worked with a huge range of clients, from entrepreneurs to primary school children. Now she dedicates all of her time working within Schools and Colleges; whilst tirelessly developing Tappy Twins and Teenline to ensure that the young people that need support nationally get just that. She is enthusiastic and passionate about sharing and teaching young people, how to use Energy Therapies for emotional healing, personal development; and to gain powerful relief from the physical and emotional stresses of everyday life. It is her belief that people deserve to be the best they can be despite personal circumstances. Suzanne has a real passion for helping children overcome any challenges they face, enabling them to reach their full potential.
I believe that every child deserves to be a child and not exposed to anything that harms them emotionally or physically. It is their right to feel safe, loved and happy. The reality is that there are countless young people out there right now, who don’t have this right and are very unhappy and need someone to talk to and help them. This is why Tappy Twins, Tappy Town and Teenline were born. They act as a platform for any young person to visit and get the support they need, when they need it.
Abigail is a trained Speech and Language Therapist who fell in love with working in schools whilst on her student placements. It was this love for working in schools that led her down the path of training as a teacher. Since qualifying, Abigail has worked in two Resource Bases which support children with a diagnosis of Autism. These bases are a stepping stone between the mainstream classroom and a specialist provision. Abigail manages her current base where she works with her children to support them and provide them with strategies with the aim that they will return to a mainstream provision. She feels very passionately about supporting and working with children who are at a disadvantage and wholeheartedly believes that all children should be loved and supported equally irrelevant of their background or additional needs.
Abigail is a Designated Safeguarding Lead and is an EFT Master Practitioner. She has much experience in mentoring and teaching children using a variety of strategies and techniques. She hopes to train in Matrix Reimprinting, Picture Tapping and to do a course in counselling. She firmly believes that learning, whatever age you are, never stops, including what we can learn from our young people.
Bridin has a broad base work background that has equipped her with a vast resource of experiences that are invaluable to her as a therapist, enabling greater understanding and effective progress in client’s therapy. She has a particular interest and experience in working with the ASD spectrum and emotional management of Sensory Processing Disorder.
After qualifying as a psychotherapist Bridin has further trained at The National Centre for Eating Disorders and Obesity in London and is an affiliate member of their professional network, holding specialist qualifications for working with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, obesity, eating disorders and associated mental health conditions.
Bridin is the Managing Director and Founder of Northern Ireland’s first clinic treating obesity and eating disorders using evidence based psychological treatment models.
I am delighted to be introducing this exciting project into schools and community groups throughout the Province.
For 2 years now, Brenda has been intensively working with kids from specialist one to one sessions dealing with self-confidence, self-esteem, tantrums, anger issues, asd, adhd, sleep problems, eating problems, not going to school, social awkwardness, Asperger’s, focus, concentration, success in specialised areas, communication issues, learning to deal with emotions, feelings, behaviour and reactions. Bullying, low self-worth, eating problems, emotional issues, problems with social circles and many more youth and teen issues.
Social bullying, anxiety and panic attacks as well as ocd and unnatural thoughts leading to suicidal issues.
Brenda works with young offenders, social services kids and Camhs kids as she is a private coach so works on a 24-hour emergency service in mindfulness training.
Apart from that Brenda delivers mindfulness to schools, kids & community groups, teachers & parental groups and now she wants to expand her skill areas by joining the Tappy Twin Ambassador for London and Ireland.
Brenda’s passion is to give kids hope, confidence and the ability to be the best they can be regardless of what ever life’s experiences they have had!
Change is possible, and Tappy Twins provides unbelievable skills and opportunities for kids to develop and flourish!
Sharon Beattie BA, MSc, CPysch CSci AFBPsS
Areas of Expertise: Psychologist, EFT Trained, undertakes parenting assessment using specialised attachment interviewing, holds qualifications in psychological test (RQTU, BPS), has undertaken training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Actioned Centered Therapy (ACT), Person Centered therapy, Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Brief Solution Oriented Therapy.
Deborah McCullough BSc (Hons)
Deborah is part of the Tappy team and delivers training and 1:1 counselling support to children and young people across Northern Ireland. Deborah completed her first counselling course in 1997, she has worked with clients of all ages and has experience in a diverse range of issues.
After qualifying as a counsellor Deborah then completed various specialist qualifications, including a Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children & Young People and Level 5 in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Deborah graduated from the University of Ulster with an Hons Degree in ‘Professional Development in Counselling’ and also holds a Diploma in Transgender studies.
Deborah has an immense passion in working with children and young people and currently works as a Counsellor and Trainer with South West & Northern Regional Colleges. There Deborah provides 1:1 support to students who are experiencing a range of difficulties. Within the college settings Deborah also designs and delivers training around personal growth and development, assisting students to reach their full potential!
Deborah also works in the community as a youth counsellor and provides counselling support to children from CAMHS (Children and Mental Health services).
Deborah has recently been approved as a ‘Short Break’ foster carer and provides emergency care to children in need.
Sharon Johnson Dips.Couns
Sharon brings a wealth of experience of working with children to adulthood, receiving referrals from Social Workers, GP’s and Support Groups. She sees the role of a school counsellor as an essential part of the school team, where she is able to guide students with their emotional development into a healthy path towards adulthood. Getting to the heart of the young people’s problems is what she does best; listening to their words and understanding their context and experiences, from their perspective. Her relationship with the students has been extremely successful, and she has definitely found her niche in the counselling world.
To date, she have worked with many diverse issues such as self harm, forced marriages, disclosure of rape and its repercussions, suicide, depression, anxiety, anger, family breakdown, pressures and worries over exams. She is also experienced working with people that have been labelled with conditions such as Borderline Personality Disorder and Manic Depressive. Whilst confidentiality is so important to foster with the students, she is also aware of her responsibility to Safeguard and adhere to School Policies with regards to such matters. As a member of the BACP, she is also bound ethically to their Codes of Practice.
I see us as the glue that holds everything together for students. School counselling is critical for students to achieve optimal personal growth and acquire positive social skills.
Encourage and nurture the young and they will believe in themselves and prosper
Kuli has had an immense passion from quite early on of working with children and young adults. Although she began her counselling career working with adults using the person centred approach and found this very fulfilling her passion of working with children remained. After having 2 boys of her own this was only re-affirmed. She brings a lot of experience and is extremely personable and passionate. Working in schools as a school counsellor has enabled her to work with and help some very vulnerable children. She finds it is so important to help the children with their emotional development, which quite often can be overlooked.
She believes the work she does with children to help with their emotional development helps them to become healthier and happier adults. Kuli has helped countless children overcome their issues and fears and be able to move forward with their lives. She has been working with children for a few years now and delivers excellent results in both 1-2-1 sessions and her group work.
I have always felt a need to help others, in particular children and young adults hence the move from the corporate world towards counselling some time ago.
She has been recently published, contributing a chapter in a book called ‘EFT for Everyone’. In the 2016 Health and Social Care Awards, she was also a finalist for the ‘Empowerment’ and ‘Outstanding Achievement’ Awards.
Her areas of expertise are working with refugees/asylum seekers, homelessness, forced marriages, divorce/separation, domestic violence, FGM and sexual abuse. She has been working closely with road traffic accident victims.
She is fluent in English, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi and Mirpuri.
Lisa qualified as a person centred counsellor and has vast experience working with both adults and young people.
She has experience working both one to one and facilitating therapeutic groups. Lisa is passionate about working with young people. She that every young person should have access to a safe, confidential space to explore difficulties they are experiencing.
Some of the difficulties Lisa have experience working with include, anxiety, suicide, anger, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, family breakdowns, loss, addictions, self-harm and mental health difficulties.
I believe that being given the time and space to explore our feelings today will be the beginning of our journey to understanding, healing and acceptance for our tomorrows.
Lorraine Chow BSc (Hons)
Areas of Expertise: Fully Qualified Integrative Counsellor, NLP Life Coach Practitioner, Mindfulness Practitioner and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Practitioner.
Lorraine is a dynamic woman having graduated with a BSc in Psychology in 2001, who went on to become an NLP Life Coach and mindfulness practitioner. Lorraine has positioned herself to be both professional and boundaried in her work. By using her considerate, thoughtful and friendly approach, she is able to build a strong rapport with clients and guide them through deep and long lasting transformative shifts in a short amount of time. Lorraine tailors her sessions according to each individual and their specific needs. She focuses on the underlying emotional root causes that stop them from achieving their goals in life, by using the latest tools and techniques from the field of counselling, life coaching and mindfulness.
Lorraine has been an integrative counsellor working with IAPT and FTB clients and has completed a number of CPD courses; one of them on working creatively with children.
Following from this line of work, Lorraine discovered a passion in working with young people as she believes early intervention is greatly needed to prevent long term mental health issues later in life. Lorraine has worked in the community for many years particularly supporting homeless and domestic violent cases.
Areas of Expertise: Therapeutic Person Centred Counselling, EFT, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Hypnosis, NLP and Hypnosis Regression
Kam’s work over the past 18 years in the public sector has given her experience of supporting families through some pretty tough situations. She has helped people from different backgrounds and has an awareness of faith and cultural issues facing ethnic minority groups as such she practices with sensitivity. Her roles as a family mediator, child protection social worker, and counsellor place her in a unique position of insight and understanding when working with troubled children and families.
She appreciates the complexities and various issues arising with looked after children in care. Kam has worked closely with children with disabilities and teenagers with low self esteem, self harming issues, offending behaviours, poor body image and behavioural issues who are often misunderstood judged and labelled. She brings these years of knowledge and support with her to enhance the therapeutic services she offers.
Working as a support worker in the outreach team in Anawim, broadened my professional experience in dealing with severe childhood trauma related to sexual abuse and impact of domestic violence on children.
Her approach is based on the concept to giving the power back to the children that enhances their self-worth and beliefs.
She work with wide range of issues and presenting problems experienced by children coming from diverse backgrounds.
Jean is passionate about making a difference with children, so they are able to have a better future.
Areas of Expertise: Designated Safeguarding Leader, Behaviour Specialist, EFT Advanced Practitioner, Picture Tapping Practitioner, Family Support Officer and Agency Liaison Manager
Jo has over 16 year’ s experience working within education, supporting children and their families; to overcome any issues they have faced. As DSL she is responsible for safeguarding referrals within Tappy Twins, ensuring that all of the team remain compliant and we engage the “Right Service, Right Time” approach.
She has specialised in child behaviour and parenting skills over the past 16 years. Where she looks at not only the issues the young people have experienced but looks at the outside influences, such as the family home setting. She has continually been an active member of a Local Authority Board building valuable links with all relevant agencies.
She is never happier than when she is in the classroom teaching the valuable tool of tapping, so that children can help themselves at times of stress, unhappiness and anger.
A mother of 2 beautiful children.