My name is Beth McManus MBPsS* and I'm a Psychologist and OD Practitioner from Manchester, UK. (*I'm a graduate member of the British Psychological Society which means I get to put the fancy letters after my name!)
It hasn't always been like this - I discovered a passion for people, more specifically for developing people and helping them to achieve their potential, during my career as a retail manager. I read Daniel Pink's book 'Drive: The Surprising Truth about what Motivates Us' and it's no exaggeration to say that my life changed - I loved the simplicity of his proposal that people need autonomy, mastery and purpose and wanted to teach others how to take charge of their lives. The seed was planted - I swapped visual merchandising and sales (with a slight diversion through academia to study for an MSc in Organisational Psychology) for working as a psychologist and OD Practitioner. I now work part-time within the NHS and split my free time between practicing yoga, mindfulness and meditation, and growing a variety of strange vegetables on my allotment with my partner, James.
I love to learn new skills and teach them to others in creative ways, particularly crafts such as macrame, knitting and origami. For two weeks in the summer of 2017, I taught confused strangers wearing party hats how to tie survival knots in an abandoned office building as part of Manchester International Festival. Although the backdrop will hopefully be a little less apocalyptic, this experience sparked an idea to incorporate creative skills into my professional practice and help people find autonomy, mastery and purpose through a myriad of creative opportunities, which leads us here, to this website.
I am developing a series of workshops and training kits to support both teams and individuals to achieve happiness, personal resilience and high levels of engagement with their own professional practice. I am also working with illustration as a means of storytelling and I am available for commissions or event documentation. If you want to read a little bit more about what I've been up to, you can read my blog or click here for my professional portfolio.
Thanks for reading!