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Students to receive inspirational talk from award winning counsellor and charity leader

Sixth-form students from the Thomas Gainsborough School are to receive an inspirational talk from one of the UK’s leading psychotherapists.

Glenda D Roberts will tell the students how she overcame an abusive and violent background on a tough south London council estate to achieve success.

Ms Roberts will tell the students how she was bullied as a child as she was mixed raced, her father black and her mother white. She suffered from watching her parents fight and argue through drinking alcohol and she was physically abused by her brother. One of her best friends was murdered on the estate where she lived when she was a teenager.

After leaving school at the age of 16 with no qualifications, Ms Roberts started working on market stalls. She later gained a job working as a concessions manager for a fashion company eventually launching her own business with a friend designing and selling clothes to brands such as Harvey Nicholls and Harrods. She brought her own house at the age of just 22.

Ms Roberts travelled across Europe until her brother was left with a devastating brain injury following a racist attack. Ms Roberts returned to her Deptford roots to care for her brother. It was this experience which led her to become a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist.

Ten years ago Ms Roberts set up the ExploringU Well-Being Centre in Sudbury. The company has won several national awards and now has additional centres in Castle Hedingham.

Today, Ms Roberts is also a member of and volunteer expert media spokesperson for the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

She also founded the Just Talk Campaign launched in the Sudbury area following a number of local suicides. To date, The Just Talk Campaign has helped hundred of people struggling with their emotional well-being.

“I hope by sharing my story will inspire the students to go on to achieve great things in life. I will explain despite a very difficult start in life how I developed a plan to help me escape my background and to achieve success.

“I want to show the students that with the right attitude, determination and work ethic great things can be achieved despite the many obstacles which may stand in your way, after all, we only learn by making mistakes,” said Ms Roberts.

Kenny Alexander, Director of Sixth Form at the Great Cornard School, said: “I believe that we provide a fantastic provision for academic studies, work related learning opportunities and the development of transferable skills to all of our students. We also want our students to be happy and engaged in what they are doing, and having a presentation from Glenda will inspire, enthuse and reassure them that it is good to talk.”


Pupil at Thomas Gainsborough School is motivated by Glenda D Roberts

Pupil at Thomas Gainsborough School is motivated by Glenda D Roberts (Psychotherapist) inspirational Talk.

“My name is Olivia Kujawa and I was in the assembly that you gave at Thomas Gainsborough Sixth Form this week. I just wanted to email to say thank you for coming in, it was fantastic to have you. I found your talk incredibly inspirational and it has further motivated me to pursue a degree and career in a very similar field to you. I’ve been unsure of what I wanted to do over the past few years but I’ve slowly narrowed it down to Psychology and your speech has further reinforced my desire to go on to study Psychology further.”

Every single pupil had been given a stone by Glenda.

There is a reason behind the stone. I acquired this stone from Martin Pollecoff the chair of the UKCP, United council for Psychotherapy in the UK, the stone was acquired by him in 1996 by the Pomo tribe who built California, when I interviewed Martin Pollecoff for my podcast show he gave it to me and immediately I thought it will help us to build our charity The Just Talk Campaign.

It was placed with 88 stones in a box for which I gave to the pupils to build their future.

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