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Sarah

ADHD & OFFENDING LEGAL LIAISON ADVISER
YOUTH OFFENDING SPECIALIST
ADDICTION COUNSELLOR
CBT THERAPIST
COACH

DIAGNOSED COMBINED ADHD, DYSCALCULIA & DYSPRAXIA & SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER

Sarah Templeton first worked with an ADHD offender when she was volunteering in the 1990’s and one of the charities she worked for wanted to give her a bigger challenge than homeless clients – who at that point she’s been mentoring successfully for seven years. She was assigned a boy who was 31 and had been in prison almost solidly since he was 19.

Her challenge was to keep him out of prison for six months. Nobody had done it before. When she managed that – they asked her to keep him out for another six months and she managed that as well! From that moment on she knew she understood offenders. What she didn’t know was she understood them because (mostly) they had ADHD and so did she!

Sarah carried on volunteering with some of the most well known charities in the country. This included The Big Issue where she was part of their first ever mentoring scheme, Crisis, Barnardo’s, The London Connection, The De Paul Trust, The Princes Trust, The Footprints Project, Routes to Roots, No Second Night Out and numerous others – such was her determination and passion to help people who found themselves in awful circumstances.

It wasn’t till she was volunteering in HMP The Mount in 2005 that she decided to train to be a counsellor. She knew she had some kind of magic with these offenders. She ‘got’ them. She’d never broken the law herself but she had instant rapport with pretty much all of them.

Many years of sweat and toil over her counselling training later, she found herself at Young Offender Institute HMP Aylesbury where again she had this amazing rapport with the offenders and in 2015 the reason for that became abundantly clear when she was diagnosed with moderate to severe Combined ADHD at the age of 51! From that moment on she realised why she ‘got’ these boys.

She was as much of a risk taker and a thrillseeker as all of them. But she sought her ‘buzz’ from running businesses and by volunteering and helping people. She’d never been in trouble with the police but she had a deep loathing of authority and being told what to do so she completely understood why these boys had found themselves in the situations they had.

Sarah has now racked up over twenty five years volunteering. She set up and ran the counselling service at HMPYOI Portland which she ran single-handedly for over a year. She spent hours painting little girls nails when they had come to visit their daddies at Family Days at HMP Guys Marsh. To this day she still supervises counsellors for her local homeless charity but now spends most of her time there referring people for ADHD Assessments. The numbers of homeless people who have ADHD is something else that has shocked and saddened her.

Sarah now works in private practice as a counsellor and a coach and has just written her first book. She has recruited a fabulous team of all-diagnosed ADHD Counsellors to help her with her mission to ensure everybody who has ADHD is counselled by somebody who is also ADHD. She feels very strongly that to understand an ADHD client’s brain – you need to have an ADHD brain yourself!

Sarah’s absolute passion is keeping teenagers with ADHD away from the criminal justice system. Since qualifying as a Counsellor, CBT Therapist and Coach she’s worked with numerous teenagers who have been arrested for anything from sending pornographic images to armed robbery. Each and every one of them she’s kept out of prison and she thanks her undiagnosed Oppositional Defiant Disorder for giving her the strength to take on any battle. She doesn’t like losing and she never does!

The one rule that Sarah will happily break is any that would stop her caring for people. She is still in touch with most of the boys she has worked with in prisons since 2005. Every week she writes letters to ADHD boys inside – motivating them to think positively and plan for a crime free life when they are out. These boys in return write letters to her clients telling them to take the opportunities to stay out of prison while they’ve still got them. She counts some of the U.K.’s most notorious Young Offenders as her best friends.

 

Qualifications

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills & Theory (CPCAB) Level 5. 2015
  • Person Centred Counselling Diploma (ABC) Level 4. 2014
  • Counselling Skills (ABC) Level 3. 2012
  • Introduction to Counselling Skills (ABC) Level 2. 2010
  • Introduction to Counselling (Open University) 2011
  • Diploma in Life Coaching (NCFE) 2005
  • Certificate in Life Coaching (NCFE) 2005
  • Working with Addiction & Complex Needs. Level 3. 2020
  • Drugs Awareness (Turning Point) 2003
  • Introduction to Counselling, The Open University 2011
  • Working with Sex Offenders Certificate Circles
  • Youth Training & Level 2 Safeguarding Certificate Circles
  • Leaving Care Mentor Certificate The Princes Trust
  • Drugs Awareness Certificate Turning Point
  • Current & clean DBS
  • BACP Register Certificate of Proficiency. 2015
  • Member The Association for Coaching Membership Number STEO417M
  • Member The Federation of Drug & Alcohol Practitioners

 

Sarah Templeton ADHD Author

Sarah is also an author and has written ‘How NOT to Murder your ADHD Kid: Instead learn how to be your child’s own ADHD coach’. Discover more / Buy

Sarah Tempelton is a passionate ADHD campaigner and available for Radio, Television, Newspaper & Magazine, Webinar & Podcast interviews. Check out https://www.sarahtempleton.org.uk/ for the latest news.

Sarah Templeton

Sarah

ADHD & OFFENDING LEGAL LIAISON ADVISER
YOUTH OFFENDING SPECIALIST
ADDICTION COUNSELLOR
CBT THERAPIST
COACH

DIAGNOSED COMBINED ADHD, DYSCALCULIA, DYSPRAXIA & SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER

Sarah first worked with an ADHD offender when she was volunteering in the 1990’s and one of the charities she worked for wanted to give her a bigger challenge than homeless clients – who at that point she’s been mentoring successfully for seven years. She was assigned a boy who was 31 and had been in prison almost solidly since he was 19.

Her challenge was to keep him out of prison for six months. Nobody had done it before. When she managed that – they asked her to keep him out for another six months and she managed that as well! From that moment on she knew she understood offenders. What she didn’t know was she understood them because (mostly) they had ADHD and so did she!

Sarah carried on volunteering with some of the most well known charities in the country. This included The Big Issue where she was part of their first ever mentoring scheme, Crisis, Barnardo’s, The London Connection, The De Paul Trust, The Princes Trust, The Footprints Project, Routes to Roots, No Second Night Out and numerous others – such was her determination and passion to help people who found themselves in awful circumstances.

It wasn’t till she was volunteering in HMP The Mount in 2005 that she decided to train to be a counsellor. She knew she had some kind of magic with these offenders. She ‘got’ them. She’d never broken the law herself but she had instant rapport with pretty much all of them.

Many years of sweat and toil over her counselling training later, she found herself at Young Offender Institute HMP Aylesbury where again she had this amazing rapport with the offenders and in 2015 the reason for that became abundantly clear when she was diagnosed with moderate to severe Combined ADHD at the age of 51! From that moment on she realised why she ‘got’ these boys.

She was as much of a risk taker and a thrillseeker as all of them. But she sought her ‘buzz’ from running businesses and by volunteering and helping people. She’d never been in trouble with the police but she had a deep loathing of authority and being told what to do so she completely understood why these boys had found themselves in the situations they had.

Sarah has now racked up over twenty five years volunteering. She set up and ran the counselling service at HMPYOI Portland which she ran single-handedly for over a year. She spent hours painting little girls nails when they had come to visit their daddies at Family Days at HMP Guys Marsh. To this day she still supervises counsellors for her local homeless charity but now spends most of her time there referring people for ADHD Assessments. The numbers of homeless people who have ADHD is something else that has shocked and saddened her.

Sarah now works in private practice as a counsellor and a coach and has just written her first book. She has recruited a fabulous team of all-diagnosed ADHD Counsellors to help her with her mission to ensure everybody who has ADHD is counselled by somebody who is also ADHD. She feels very strongly that to understand an ADHD client’s brain – you need to have an ADHD brain yourself!

Sarah’s absolute passion is keeping teenagers with ADHD away from the criminal justice system. Since qualifying as a Counsellor, CBT Therapist and Coach she’s worked with numerous teenagers who have been arrested for anything from sending pornographic images to armed robbery. Each and every one of them she’s kept out of prison and she thanks her undiagnosed Oppositional Defiant Disorder for giving her the strength to take on any battle. She doesn’t like losing and she never does!

The one rule that Sarah will happily break is any that would stop her caring for people. She is still in touch with most of the boys she has worked with in prisons since 2005. Every week she writes letters to ADHD boys inside – motivating them to think positively and plan for a crime free life when they are out. These boys in return write letters to her clients telling them to take the opportunities to stay out of prison while they’ve still got them. She counts some of the U.K.’s most notorious Young Offenders as her best friends.

 

Qualifications

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills & Theory (CPCAB) Level 5. 2015
  • Person Centred Counselling Diploma (ABC) Level 4. 2014
  • Counselling Skills (ABC) Level 3. 2012
  • Introduction to Counselling Skills (ABC) Level 2. 2010
  • Introduction to Counselling (Open University) 2011
  • Diploma in Life Coaching (NCFE) 2005
  • Certificate in Life Coaching (NCFE) 2005
  • Working with Addiction & Complex Needs. Level 3. 2020
  • Drugs Awareness (Turning Point) 2003
  • Introduction to Counselling, The Open University 2011
  • Working with Sex Offenders Certificate Circles
  • Youth Training & Level 2 Safeguarding Certificate Circles
  • Leaving Care Mentor Certificate The Princes Trust
  • Drugs Awareness Certificate Turning Point
  • Current & clean DBS
  • BACP Register Certificate of Proficiency. 2015
  • Member The Association for Coaching Membership Number STEO417M
  • Member The Federation of Drug & Alcohol Practitioners

 

Sarah Templeton ADHD Author

Sarah is also an author and has written ‘How NOT to Murder your ADHD Kid: Instead learn how to be your child’s own ADHD coach’. Discover more / Buy

Sarah Tempelton is a passionate ADHD campaigner and available for Radio, Television, Newspaper & Magazine, Webinar & Podcast interviews. Check out https://www.sarahtempleton.org.uk/ for the latest news.