Sheryl Clowes, BA (Hons), BSC (Hons), Advanced Cert
Sheryl Clowes is a Senior Occupational Therapist working within mental health in the NHS. Sheryl feels passionate that wellbeing derives from well-doing, an engagement in a variety of meaningful and purposeful occupations that give value to human life, enable transformation and foster resilience. Sheryl is committed to providing both practical and emotional support and works in a person-centered way to empower individuals to reach their potential and overcome barriers that prevent people from doing activities (occupations) that matter to them.
Sheryl is also an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) practitioner, a psychotherapeutic approach that uses the principles of mindfulness and acceptance to develop emotional resilience and psychological flexibility. Sheryl is committed to supporting individuals to make positive changes to their lives and move toward living a rich and meaningful life that is congruent with their values.
Sheryl has been part of the core team of Creative Alternatives, an arts and mental health service operating under Alef Trust since 2007, working both as an Artist and Project Support Worker. She has worked with various client groups extensively in therapeutic expressive art activity both in the UK and abroad. She has volunteered with the homeless in Romania on a pioneering dramatherapy project and spent six months living and working in India facilitating community drama and storytelling projects with children and adults experiencing HIV/Aids.
Sheryl is also a trainee Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher and is passionate about mindfulness-based approaches to self-care and wellbeing. She plans to pursue the Transpersonal Psychology Coaching Certificate with Alef Trust next year and further her career as a therapist through the MSC in Psychotherapy and Counselling (Contemporary Creative approaches) at Edge Hill University in the future.
As a therapist and spiritual practitioner, Sheryl resonates deeply with the transpersonal psychology approach and aspires to provide a empathic wellbeing service that will holistically support students, empowering them to develop wellbeing strategies to succeed in their academic study and beyond.
Sheryl believes passionately in the arts as a tool for personal growth and holds a degree in European Theatre Arts and certificates in both dramatherapy and counselling.
Sheryl’s research interests include occupational therapy and transpersonal identity, spiritual emergency and mindfulness-based stress reduction.