Siobhan Doherty

Siobhan Doherty

Mentor

I have always been passionate about helping others and have advocated for mental health and wellbeing in many ways including starting up a group for this at university.  I am also very passionate about supporting people who may not have been afforded the same opportunities as I am and have supported children and adults with learning disabilities and/or mental health issues both professionally and personally.

I feel strongly that children should be given opportunities that suit their personal ability and that the current education system is flawed.  They should be able to have an environment in which they can learn comfortably and to the best of their individual ability, where they feel comfortable.  Their education should be an enjoyable experience that draws on their strengths which I think MindJam does well to provide outside of the school environment.  

I have been working in support for young adults with learning disabilties and ASD and have experience volunteering in Romanian orphanages to help troubled young people.  I also have experience as a tutor for both school and university students and I have a MSc in Research Psychology.  Within my degrees, I focused a lot on ASD, gaming, mental health, and pain management.  I have also completed extensive training on safeguarding, autism awareness, adult and child protection, first aid, suicide prevention, child development, data protection, etc. I also have an up to date PVG (the Scottish equivalent of DBS) and an SVQ that I completed through my time working in care and support.

I have loved gaming since I can remember, with a lot of my fond family memories being based around playing the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation 1 with my family, so I’m glad that I can combine this personal passion with my professional abilities and passion to support children and young adults with MindJam. 

Favourite Games

 Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, Animal Crossing, Mario, Fortnite, Dark Souls 3, The Witcher 3, The Last of Us, God of War, Legend of Zelda, Wolf AmongUs / Telltale games.

Hobbies

Reading, TV/Anime/K-dramas, music and musical theatre, gardening, swimming, learning languages, Psychology, travelling, cooking, watching football.

My Pets

Taigeis (Gaelic for Haggis) is a grey half maine coon boy with a very lazy but very
affectionate and loving personality. He loves cuddles and pets!

We'd love to hear from you.

If you would like our team to get in touch with you to discuss how we can help you and your young people through our services, please feel free to fill out our contact form, and we will be in touch as soon as possible to talk you through enrolling with one of our mentors or counsellors

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