Serena Simmons Consultant Psychologist

Change. Motivate. Adapt. Improve. Perform

My Story…

Deciding what I wanted to do…


I always knew I wanted to be involved in psychology in some way.  My mother was a psychiatric nurse and eventually opened up her own group therapy home for people with mental illness.  I was curious about her patients and wanted to understand more about what was going on?

I thought because of this, I would go on to be a psychiatrist?  But after working in hospitals and community settings myself for many years, I came to see that psychology was going to be a much better fit for me. Because of this I went on to study Psychology at university which I graduated from in Wellington, New Zealand (my ‘soul’ place)…

I graduated with 2 undergraduate degrees and an MSc which allowed for me to go on to work as  an HM Prison Manager, in a practice role at Rampton Hospital and for almost the last 10 years as a Senior Psychology Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University.  Along the way, I’ve been able to tot up 22 years of experience working in the area of psychology ( I started when I was 4 of course!).

Positive Psychology…

Having worked for so long looking at deviant and criminal behaviours (see HERE for some links to media work in the area of Forensic Psychology); it was a natural progression for me to want to look at the other side of the spectrum…the positive stuff!

I had always read books and journal articles based on this area of psychology, but I now started to conduct my own research and attend conferences and training courses in the area, namely BPS Coaching Psychology events.

I was hooked and this fitted in so well with all the training I had done previously using my drama skills.  It all made so much sense to me and tied together so well, and it was this that led me to make some big changes.

What I do now…

Now I work for myself for most of the week, seeing clients one-to-one in my office in Nottingham or via Skype.  I also work in various businesses delivering bespoke training packages that I write on things from ‘Peak Performance’ and Leadership and Management to Corporate Change and Mental Toughness.  I also put on my own group meetings and every year hold a conference for Multi-passionate Women.

As well as working for myself, I still work for 2 days a week as a Senior Psychology Lecturer.  I really enjoy this balance as it allows me to remain research active, as well as bringing real life/applied psychology practice to my students.

Of course there are other things that make up my life.

I paint and craft, sing, take great pleasure in interior design and antique shopping and live a rich full life in my lovely home with my cats, family and friends…


I love what I do! 

I feel so lucky, but I’m also under no illusion that I’ve created my life to be this way…and this is what I love to help other people achieve.

My future is super bright right now.  At the moment I am working hard to finish writing my book, I am also writing a Programme called Ape-athy that is a culmination of my best experience and knowledge that will help people ‘break their routine’.

I can’t wait to bring this to you and also to share my journey which I do on the pages of my blog.

If you would like to know more about what I am up to, find out about my events or want to find out about how you can work with me then please don’t hesitate to be in contact.  All you need to do is to fill out the form below with your query or question and I’ll get back to you with more information.

Until then, thank you for taking the time to read my story.  I hope we get to meet sometime in the near future.


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