Michele Coupe My current roles are in both teaching and counselling. I am a peripatetic Teacher of the Deaf who works alongside other professionals and has experience in working with deaf children and young people, many who have complex additional learning and behavioural needs, supporting them and their families both on a teaching and social emotional level. I have previously taught sign language and deaf awareness to teachers, teaching staff and parents. I am familiar with deaf culture/awareness and different modes of communication i.e. Sign Supported English (SSE) and British Sign Language (BSL). I qualified as an adult counsellor in December 2016 and as a children’s counsellor in September 2017, I am also a registrant on the BACP register of counsellors and psychotherapists. I have skills and knowledge through my volunteer work at Mind – mental health charity spanning over 5 years, whilst training and to-date as qualified counsellor. In addition to this I have experience of volunteer work with Place2Be (leading national children’s mental health charity) over a period of 2 years, working in schools to improve the emotional well-being of children, their families and the whole school community. I am passionate about both my roles as a counsellor and as a Teacher of the Deaf. I am delighted to become part of POINT and in bringing the skills and knowledge I have to fruition. I look forward to meeting children, young people and families in making positive changes and in improving their mental health and well-being.