Meet the Team

Who are My White Dog?

Meet the enthusiastic professionals that make up the My White Dog team

Paula Power

“Professional, well designed course that has expanded my knowledge. Paula is an excellent instructor who keep the pace and tone of the course in perfect harmony”

I am passionate about breaking down barriers around mental health and mental ill health, to create light bulb moments to encourage change and an open, connected and kinder culture. ‘’To be heard’’ drawing on positive psychology, reducing stigma, improving emotional literacy and awareness around trauma.  I facilitate interactive mental health first aid training and awareness courses to help build resilience, and encourage a non-judgemental approach to listening.

Motivated for change as a result of teenage trauma and inspired by the outdoors, I have led youth groups across the UK, Africa and Asia and became guinness world record holder as part of the first all female polar expedition in 1997.

I have now developed my experience and education within teaching, training and mentoring in a work environment to provide a safe space for those who may be confused or inexperienced to help someone with a mental health issue. I have now trained over 300 business leaders and adults to become mental health first aiders, to be able to spot signs of mental ill health and support someone until professional help arrives.

As our courses are currently on-line there is no limitation to location, we provide a safe learning space and deliver manuals and workbooks to your door. Feel free to get in touch

Jessica Shields

Jessica is one of our associates at My White Dog based in the Midlands, she supports us on 1 and 2 day courses plus our bespoke workshops. She is a qualified professional coach, NLP Master and Mental Health First Aid instructor,and is highly experienced in working with individuals for the purposes of development in both professional and personal settings. Having a degree in ‘Counselling Psychology’ Jessica has historically had an interest in mental health with a view of supporting others through listening to help them understand and manage their own mental health. Jessica is passionate about making a difference for others, helping and supporting people to be at their best.

Belinda Westwood

A business psychologist, executive coach, experienced learning and development consultant; specialising in behaviour change. Belinda has a special interest in mental well-being in the workplace and expertise in employee resilience and relational leadership development.

Her approach is solutions-focused, working in partnership with clients to define the desired future, explore the root causes of their challenges and facilitate sustainable and meaningful change. She combines healthy challenge with a sense of fun and inquisitiveness, delivering tailored and creative interventions using psychological knowledge and evidence-based practice.

With her corporate business background in commercial and people functions and with more than 12 years’ organisational and leadership development experience, she applies a tried and tested ‘change methodology’ and offers a broad range of tools and techniques to enable meaningful transformation.

Her mission is to help people magnify their unique talents through increased self-awareness, renewed confidence and fresh perspectives; enabling organisations to create an even better place to work for optimum business results.

Sally Wilson

Sally supports us with Youth Mental Health First Aid 2 day courses in the South West. She is a qualified Youth and Community Worker, Lecturer, Assessor and Reflective Practice Supervisor and has over 25 years experience of working with young people in a broad range of settings and ways.
This includes working as an Inclusion Manager in a Secondary School, facilitating personal social and health education group work programmes, mentoring and facilitating mediation sessions, working with looked after children for the In Care Council to inform children and young people’s services and facilitating a self-referral service for young people in crisis.
She has a wealth of experience of developing and leading multi-agency projects and programmes to promote social inclusion, and has facilitated a variety of training courses and support groups for practitioners and parents/carers. Having worked with so many young people in crisis for so many years, Sally is particularly interested in promoting youth mental health awareness and exploring creative interventions to promote young people’s wellbeing and personal development.

Please contact us if you are interested in Mental Health Training