ABOUT CELIA WILSON
I am Celia Wilson, principal trainer and facilitator of Orchard Associates, which I founded to offer you ways to learn more about celebrating what you value in your life and about changing what you want to. I walk my talk and believe that this way we can and will improve the world.
Following graduation in Physics from University College, London, my initial career choice was as a physicist researching from passionate conviction the peaceful use of nuclear fusion energy. My physics background helps me keep my feet on the ground and ask questions about logic and evidence in the world.
Later in my 20s, my mother died. For months I simply could not function effectively. I learnt to recognise and work with my intense personal emotions through co-counselling, first Re-evaluation Counseling (RC) and more recently Co-counselling International (CCI). I was able to release rigid blocks and find new ways forward. The ways in which I now work are centred on that development.
I have worked and played in my relationships with delightful people; as a partner, wife, parent, grandparent and friend, as boss and as worker and in many other capacities. I have worked and played professionally in both employed and self-employed environments: as a research physicist, project manager, teacher of physics, co-counselling and humanistic psychology, information management consultant and group facilitator.
I hold a Diploma in Humanistic Psychology from the Institute for the Development of Human Potential and have pursued the renewal of this organisation in recent years. I am an active participant in the Independent Practitioners' Network (IPN) and a member of the Oxford IPN Group.
I am interested in politics at a local and national level, and stood for Parliament in 1997. I see a succession of governments interested mainly in the imposition of external control and very little in powerful engagement with all people. While there is a place for "keep calm and carry on", a new politics based on peerness, emotional competence and personal empowerment would benefit us all.
I like my life to include interesting and enjoyable challenges to inspiring ends, with a good dollop of fun, such as playing percussion in a community band and finally standing up on my surfboard before long.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"I went away on Friday one person and I have come back feeling like somebody different" Mandy, 2012/3 course participant
"Becoming a co-counsellor with Celia has helped me change my life for the better in so many ways. Thank you." Sandra, 2012/3 course participant