Our Team

We are mental resilience nerds with sharp minds and ninja facilitation skills.

Michael

Michael is the founder of Tough Cookie. His background is in mental health where he designed and delivered various frontline programmes for the national mental health charity Mind. Specialising in prevention and mental resilience, Michael co-created the UK’s biggest peer-led mental resilience programme, established the Employer Champions professional network for the ‘Time to Change’ national mental health campaign and was a co-designer of Mind’s ‘Whole School Approach’ (WSA) National Mental Health Strategy for England & Wales.

Our Trainers

Handpicked by Michael for their varied backgrounds and novel, dynamic training styles, our Mixed Mental Arts trainers are trailblazers in personal & group transformation.

They have each faced different challenges in their life journey so far, and have overcome a range of mental health struggles and adversities. This lived experience, alongside their academic expertise in the mechanisms of deep mental resilience, makes them powerful guides. Trainers are matched to organisations to optimise the relatability of their background, stressors participants might be facing and cultural fit – making them relatable and extremely effective.

Reebs

Health Psychologist
#Self-Worth #Anxiety #Parenting

REEBS

Reebs is a health psychologist, drawing from a career in community engagement and healthcare commissioning. She is fascinated by the rich multi-sensory human experience - having explored this topic creatively by developing immersive installations for Wellcome Collection and Open Senses Festival.

harri

Coach & Workshop Facilitator
#Grief #Overwhelm #Burnout

harri

Harri Rose has a professional background in the third sector and is now a published author, coach and co-director of the social enterprise Anti Diet Riot Club. She overcame severe anxiety and learned to cope with grief after losing a parent in her 20s.

Bilal

UCL Academic
#Identity #SelfWorth #Grief

Bilal

Bilal is a facilitator of grief-spaces, men’s groups and workshops for people of colour, alongside being an academic and lecturer with the UCL Social Research Institute specializing in mental health and wellbeing.

sam

Multi-disciplinary Facilitator
#Depression #Parenthood #Community

sam

Sam is a multidisciplinary facilitator driven by a passion for collective joy, with a diverse career spanning education, community building and participatory arts. Alongside his work with Tough Cookie, Sam currently delivers music workshops in prisons and is designing a peer-led learning programme for fathers.

kerry

Medical Copywriter
#Anxiety #Neuroscience #Ecotherapy

kerry

Kerry comes from a background in neuroscience and medical writing. After years of battling anxiety, she retrained to teach mindfulness to groups and individuals. She is passionate about ‘inner work’ evolving into a relational practice – with each other and the natural world.

Sarah

Creative Campaigner
#Burnout #Overwhelm #Complexity

sarah

Sarah is passionate about personal and social transformation. She has facilitated group sessions on resilience, wellbeing, connection, creativity and play since 2011. She is Head of Communications for the charity Action for Happiness and a former Director of the Living Wage Foundation. She has also worked as an immersive performer.

Rowan

Performer & Creative Educator
#Depression #Self-Loathing #CreativeBlock

Rowan

Rowan is an award-wining poet and musician who toured the globe before confronting his own mental health struggles. His album and theatre show based on this experience was nominated for Album of the Year 2020 by Gilles Peterson. Along the way he became an experienced workshop facilitator in creative practice and mental wellbeing.

Pete

Author, Poet, Comic
#Addiction #Stress #Burnout

pete

Pete is an author, poet and comic who has featured on BBC Newsnight, Radio 4 and World Service. He is a former National Poetry Slam Champion, and has carried out performances and workshops around the world, with clients such as the British Council.

Katy

Digital Experience Designer (Tough Cookie CTO)
#Stress #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness

Katy

Katy spent a decade coaching and training alongside travelling the world as an Experience Designer in Accenture Digital's Interactive practice. She is now Chief Technology Officer at Tough Cookie, defining all things digital for Mixed Mental Arts, as well as being a trainer

Harry

Chef-Patron
#Burnout #Depression #StartUpLife

Harry

Harry has spent a decade studying high-stress environments, as a senior manager in a London tech startup, and as a chef in demanding kitchens across London. He supports people to develop their emotional competence through co-counselling, and runs a small restaurant group in Hackney.

Amelia

Educator and Facilitator
#Insomnia #PanicAttacks #SingleParenting

Amelia

Amelia is a facilitator and educator with 12 years of experience leading groups through life-changing programmes. Her passion for mental health and her own struggle with anxiety led to her studying Process Work Psychotherapy. Amelia loves helping people to connect to themselves, to the people around them and to nature.

Helen

Dietitian and Nutrition Coach
#Worry #Cancer #Diet

Helen

Helen is a Dietitian and nutrition coach. Her practice was put on hold after being diagnosed with melanoma cancer and her focus shifted to recovery and self enquiry. Drawing on skills learnt during recovery her life and coaching approach now centres around intuitive eating, stress management, pleasure and self compassion.

Heather

Wim Hof Method Instructor
#Pressure #Overwhelm #ChronicFatigue

Heather

Heather is a Wim Hof Method Instructor, trained under Wim himself, as well as a certified Nutritional Health Coach, Somatic Yoga Teacher and breathwork practitioner. As the founder of Caluna Wellness, she can be found running retreats, workshops, events and coaching - with a passion for facilitating spaces for people to explore their mind-body connection.
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