The StepForward Recovery Practice

Wellbeing: Coaching survivors of Abuse and Trauma to have a voice and balanced life.

Who is StepForward?

wellbeing, coach, sexual abuse, life, business

“Giving a voice to Survivors of childhood trauma and abuse" and enabling difficult conversations, using the ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) scoring is something I am passionate about, to Educate, Enable and Empower.

Recognising experiences of childhood trauma and abuse, both through personal development, recovery programme and study, has enabled me to acknowledge my own resilience, strength, vulnerability and most importantly my safe care to heal and overcome.

My mission is to ensure that anyone is able to access information and we stop the silence, which only exacerbates the shame, guilt and stigma for victims/survivors of abuse and enable voices to be heard. Raising awareness of the long-term effects and outcomes of childhood trauma into Adulthood, I believe, also provides pro-active prevention of abuse for children of today.

Speaking and facilitating workshops, enables change for informative sign posting, to how we approach recovery and pro-active prevention with trauma-informed care, especially in the workplace and other environments, where sickness due to stress is the biggest cost and challenge currently in the UK.

“Resilience” is a word that is often used, however “Vulnerability” is often termed as oversharing or a weakness, hushed up related to perceived poor performance and yet true collaboration, involves us working together, to achieve the best and effective outcomes.

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Did you know?

Stress not only impacts on the general wellbeing and morale of an organisation’s employees, but also productivity and profitability through overtime costs, recruitment of temporary or permanent cover – absence from work due to stress issues and is thought to cost the UK economy £26 billion per annum. (*as per google statistics).

In 2016/17 526,000 workers suffering from work-related or personal stress, depression or anxiety (new or long-standing) and 12.5 million working days were lost. With the highest figures recorded within ages 34 – 54 (as per figures released on This age range, also correlates with the figures released by The British Psychological society for non-recent disclosure of childhood abuse or trauma.

So, as a business owner or employee what does your company currently offer in the way of Wellbeing coaching:

  • to enable support for prevention of stress related illness?
  • to those currently on long term sickness and looking to return to work?
  • for personal development and Wellbeing?
  • support when someone is disclosing feelings of overwhelm from trauma or abuse experiences or even thoughts of Suicide?

With a vast experience of working with small and large Corporate Businesses, both as an employee and a Business owner myself, having an effective wellness coaching and training package in place, will show a huge reduction in the financial and management cost of sickness to any business. Wellbeing coaching improves morale, wellness and effectiveness (not forgetting productivity and increased profits from reduced long-term sickness).

Speaker on ACEs (overcoming Adverse Childhood Experiences)
Speaker on ACEs (overcoming Adverse Childhood Experiences)
Judges Inspired Achievement Award 2019 KWIBA
Judges Inspired Achievement Award 2019 KWIBA

As an award-winning, accredited, recovery coach and Inspirational Speaker, I share my own story and lived experience of overcoming major trauma, of growing up in several children’s homes, the main carer of 5 siblings and also sexual and physical abuse from an early age,  hence specialising in Adverse Childhood experiences (ACEs). As an adult who has been diagnosed with a chronic illness, this has enabled me to fully experience the effectiveness of following a recovery programme, with the added support of coaching for recovery and live my life following my own life purpose and in the best health.

Highlights as a speaker include:

  • Presenting to various audiences including Category D male adult prisoners for an interactive personal development/business workshop,
  • Speaking with various clergy members from churches in Tunbridge Wells Kent
  • Heading the panel for Q&A at the first Kent showing of the documentary Resilience at Tonbridge School, together with an independent sold out London showing in 2019 and Sevenoaks School.
  • Regular radio/media guest and business networking speaker
  • Being a referral practitioner and accredited Wellbeing Coach with The Chrysalis Effect and The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)
  • together with my continued personal development (CPD) involves me being active within forums and an ambassador with several charities, together with being a member of the IRCT (Institute of Recovery from Childhood Trauma).

By offering a choice of 1:1 or group coaching pathways, workshops or speaking at events, our bespoke packages are tailored to your requirements for practices, businesses, fostering services, individuals and other practitioners.

Contact me today, so I can understand what you require, I look forward to speaking with you and remember – every StepForward makes a difference – taking your first step now.


Beverley Ann
StepForward Coaching. Member of the Institute of Recovery from Childhood Trauma (IRCT) and an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) accredited Wellbeing Coach and Chrysalis Effect referral Practitioner.
KWIB judges award winner for Inspired Achievement award 2019 and women's champion award finalist.