I’m Delphi Ellis – Helping You Sparkle™. I am a qualified counsellor, mental health and well-being trainer, and mindfulness practitioner. I provide services into the community to help people find what I call their ‘mojo’ (feel-good energy or motivation) and get their sparkle back. This is often during or after a difficult time in their lives. I have a special interest in dreams and sleep, appearing on TV shows like Loose Women. (You can find out more about this further down the page).
My mission is to help improve the global conversation around mental health, and enhance the well-being of others through compassionate education. This includes embracing human potential, helping people build their resilience and manage uncertainty, and engaging in wholehearted, meaningful dialogue. This includes challenging the taboo of talking about talking about death, dying, grief and bereavement; to break the stigma associated with poor mental health particularly at work, encouraging employers to develop mindful leadership; and raising awareness of and hold purposeful conversations about how best to help those affected by the topics I cover. I am a strong advocate of self-compassion, encouraging regular restorative acts of self-care.
I am based in Milton Keynes, with some services available nationwide and globally via call services like Zoom, Teams and Google Hangout.
I started my therapeutic career in 2002, where I supported those bereaved by murder and suicide, including attending inquests at coroner’s court. I also spent a brief time with the National Homicide Service. I now work in the community promoting positive mental health through 1-1 sessions and group events.
When the time is right for my clients, their aim is to find their way forward and get their sparkle back; this is the foundation of the work I do. I listen to what my clients need, helping them find their way back to centre, towards a ‘new normal’. Find out more about my counselling services here.
During 2018, I developed the training programme and was the specialist lead trainer for the More than Words project, developing peer support groups for bereaved people, around the country. In 2019, I developed the training and became lead trainer for the You Behind the Uniform project, discussing bereavement awareness and encouraging self-care with front-line emergency personnel, including police officers and paramedics. I also established a peer support group in Bedford.
Improving the Conversation for Women
In 2004, I established a unique website dedicated to Pregnancy Mental Health, following my own experience of depression and anxiety during pregnancy. This began a journey of promoting better mental for women, including supporting those escaping domestic abuse. I have featured in several popular magazines including Pregnancy and Birth and Natural Health magazines, and featured on radio programmes like Radio 4’s Women’s Hour. (You can see an extensive list of tv and media appearances below). I also promote healthy dialogue to help end discrimination and highlight inequality, campaigning through my Lets Talk Lady Business™ website and social media, to help end shaming, exploitation and violence towards women.
I am involved locally as a community ‘Well-being Champion’ encouraging collaboration between agencies that promote positive mental health and well-being. I currently volunteer with an organisation that supports victims of crime.
Qualifications and Training
My qualifications and training include Therapeutic Counselling, Delivering Adult Learning, Restorative Justice, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Support for Insomnia, Positive Psychology, Mental Health First Aid and Mindfulness. I am accredited to work with victims of crime, including those escaping domestic abuse.
TV and Media Career
I have enjoyed a TV and media career talking about the subjects I am passionate about, including healthy sleep and dreams.
Media Appearances include:
BBC Radio: BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 1 Xtra, BBC WM, BBC Shropshire, BBC Coventry, BBC Three Counties, BBC Radio 6 with George Lamb, BBC Suffolk Breakfast Show, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Drive Time, BBC Radio Leeds Drive Time, BBC Tees, BBC Radio Shropshire, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 4, Woman’s Hour, BBC London with Sunny & Shay and on the Eddie Nestor show, Talk Sport, Beacon Radio, Hallam FM, Original 106 FM, Gemini FM, WLR FM, XFM, The Psychic Show (LBC 97.3), My Spirit Radio, Bridge Radio, Red FM
Loose Women, ITV’s This Morning, DayBreak (Presenter of The Guide to Sleep), , GMTV, The Wright Stuff, LK Today (Lorraine), Consultant to SO Television for My Lovely Audience (Graham Norton), Psychic TV
Featured work –
Daily Express, Mens Health magazine, Practical Parenting & Pregnancy Magazine, Natural Health, Soul & Spirit magazine, Huffington Post, Guardian (G2), Sunday Express, Pregnancy, Baby & You, Daily Express, Daily Telegraph, Pregnancy & Birth magazine, Prima Baby magazine, Practical Parenting, Columnist for Spirit & Destiny Magazine, Contributor to Talk Mum, Contributor to Silent Voices, Columnist for Spirit Force Magazine
Dreams Bed Company, Maybelline New York, Sky + HD (article featured in Daily Telegraph), Johnson’s Beauty: Dreamy Skin, Snow Leopard Trust
- Volunteer of the Year Cohesion Award for services to the community;
- Nomination: “Women Who Keep Bedfordshire Safer”;
- Regional Finalist for the Health and Social Care Awards for Mental Health and Wellbeing;
- Spiritual Connextions Awards for Best Service to Others
I also work for a charity in my spare time which offers a unique transport service for cancer patients, which won the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.
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With Delphi’s help, I have a new perspective on life and the strength to face new and challenging things in a positive way.” B.
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