Gillian is an expert in the field of brain, language and behaviour, and has been researching the subject of Resilience ever since she discovered that the ability to delay eating a marshmallow at age three has proven to be a better indicator of both practical success and of emotional wellbeing throughout life, than any measure of innate intelligence. Character, it seems, is all.
Qualifies as a teacher and lecturer in English, and as an addiction therapist (member of BACP), she has taught, lectured, coached, worked in prisons and in Harley Street. Author of three books - most recently The Significance Delusion (Crown House Publishing) - which explore the many factors which go into the making of human behaviour, she is committed to challenging some of our long accepted, but not always proven, attitudes to mental health and resilience. This challenge to the easy acceptance of 'what works' is at the heart of the many talks she gives at schools, colleges, universities and educational conferences.
The focus of her work is on the ways brain development and language use can decide the entire way we make sense of and experience life, as well as behave and communicate.
Today she divides her time between writing, working therapeutically with clients who have a range of cognitive and emotional disabilities, some intrinsic, some acquired, and in training young people, their teachers and parents, in emotional and behavioural Resilience - our greatest possible gift in life.