Hi! I am Yasmine Janjua, the founder of Guiding Life. I thought it would only be fair to share a little bit about my 10 years experience within the social service field, which includes experiences in Canada, Ireland and England.
It all started with the completion of a Law and a Youth Work college qualifications from Canada. My first placement was in a residential treatment program for teenage girls. Rocognizing my talents for engaging with teenagers, I moved on to work full time with Adolescents in a mental health residential treatment group home. I supported youth in areas such as: ADHD, psychiatric illness management, life transitions and emotional well-being.
After a few years, I decided to move across the great Atlantic pond to Ireland, where I assisted with the development of an adolescent secure treatment facility. Having an appreciation for the cultural experience, I also learned that I don't work well within a secure setting and so with Itchy feet striking again...
I moved on to England, where I managed the development and implementation of a pilot ISSP youth justice initiative in East London. Being able to manage a team of youth justice officers and the project itself was a challenge to meet, but not as gratifying as the challenge of working with young people and families direct. So I moved onto another government initiative, the Connexions Service with a West London local Youth Service, and completed the Personal Advisor Diploma from Brunel University. While working as a Connexions PA, I supported youth and families in areas such as: youth justice, academic achievement, life skills, parenting skills, and family conflict/communication. Recognizing the need for growth, I also completed my Certificate in Life Coaching from Newcastle College. It is with the local youth service that I was also afforded opportunities to incorporate many of my interestes in sports and outdoor activities to my work with young people. I completed my BELA training and supported many young people, working through leading expeditions on the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and other youth service outdoor activities.
I returned to Canada to work within a Children's Mental Health Centre - as an Intensive Child and Family Therapist. This position highlighted the need for additional practical resources, both in Canada and England. I decided to venture into private practice where I believe Guiding Life can fill this gap.
Guiding Life provides a high level of quality service, offering intensive advisory services to youth, families, local education authority/schools, social services/chid protection services and other community organizations. We also work in partnership with other personal coaches and service professionals to offer multi-disciplinary supports, group based programs, and workshops.