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Cat Williams

Cat Williams

Student and Staff Mental Health, Expert in Building Confidence, Positive Mind-set, Motivation, Resilience, Relationships and Well-Being. She is a Tedx speaker and author, as well as a Psychotherapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Relationship Therapist and Strengths Psychology Coach

She delivers powerful, concise and engaging talks which inspire pupils and staff to look at themselves and their world differently.

Using her “Five Steps to BUILD Confidence Programme”, Cat addresses many common issues including:

  • Anxiety
  • Lack of motivation
  • Low self-esteem
  • Bullying / Relationship issues
  • Imposter syndrome

She helps her audiences to discover the root causes of their negative thoughts and self-limiting beliefs and teaches them mind-set tools to overcome their negative behaviours by literally changing the way they think.

The results are incredible, with Cat ensuring her audiences take away golden nuggets of information as well as practical techniques they can use in their everyday lives.

Cat also works with students and staff to help them uncover their unique personality strengths and how to make the most of them, perfect for anyone undertaking exams or looking for promotion within the workplace.

Cat's BUILD Confidence Programme can be delivered as a standalone presentation or as a series of talks or workshops.

The five key elements are:

Be Self-Aware - Emotional IQ, resilience and well-being

Utilise Your Natural Strengths - using strengths psychology and by discovering your Top 7 innate strengths

I’m Okay You’re Okay - looking at communication and relationships

Lead Your Mind- with mindset and motivation

Develop Your Voice - how to speak so people will listen

Each presentation or workshop is tailor-made to meet the specific needs of the educational establishment or to suit different occasions and audiences such as assemblies, celebration days, inset days or parent talks.

Cat was recorded for 'Head Talks', a nationwide project which interviews celebrities and experts about mental health. See her in action here.

Click here to view her TEDx talk on emotional resilience and her unique 'Toilet Seat Therapy' approach.

Testimonials from Teachers

"It went well thanks, most of the feedback was positive (9 of the 15 people who completed feedback forms scored her 10/10). Cat herself was very easy to deal with, and a number of members of the audience said they'd like to see her come back"

– Alex Brown, AKS Lytham Independent School

"Cat was really lovely and the session was really clever and thought provoking. One of the student ambassadors that was working on the event said she has tried the ‘tapping technique’ that Cat talks about and found it extremely useful and went on to mention it to her course leader (Midwifery) and she has said she’s going to incorporate it into the course ‘self-care’ recommendations. One of the schools also said they would like to use this technique at school."

– Serena Noble, Sheffield Hallam University

"It went well, thank you, the students thought she was insightful and took away some really important ideas from her talk."

– Rebecca Creswell, Co-ordinator of Pupils Personal Development, Warwick School

"We enjoyed meeting Cat, and feedback from parents and staff has been positive. We are investigating a few items that she raised, to see if they might be things that we could offer in school."

– Chris Hammond, Lyonsdown School

"It was a joy to welcome Cat to our staff INSET training. She led a thoughtful, engaging and inspiring presentation that I know will stay in our staff members minds for a long time. In fact, many have already used some of the new techniques and referenced Winnie the Pooh and their Gremlin in conversations. Thank you again Cat!"

– Kate Hodson, Executive Head Teacher, Coningsby St.Michael's CofE Primary School​

"The event went very well and the audience were very impressed with Cat."

– Steve Carter, Redbridge Education Partnership

"Many thanks for yesterday. All staff thoroughly enjoyed the session with Cat. She was well prepared, knowledgeable and dynamic in her presentation. I would not hesitate to use Cat again or recommend her to others."

– Kate Caryl, Headmistress, Wakefield Independent School

"Cat was so well received that we were all delighted with how the day ran."

– Marie Tuohy, Headteacher, St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

“Cat Williams gave the students at Stonyhurst an engaging presentation with several practical ways to deal with the stresses of daily life and examinations. The varied nature of the presentation ensured that there was something for everyone to take away with them.”

– Reuban Strain, Syntax Playroom Master, Stonyhurst College

“Cat Williams is a passionate speaker, genuinely concerned about the emotional well-being of young people today. The novel expression of her exploratory, open approach reveals an intellectual curiosity that is infectious. Catch her if you can!”

– Dr Jeremy H Grundy MA (Oxon), PhD (McGill), Headmaster, Birkenhead School

“Cat Williams’ presentation was stimulating and relevant to OFSTED’s SMSC criteria, the story engaged the children and carried an important message about self and social awareness, and emotional well-being, I highly recommend her”

– Mr Andrew Walker, Headteacher, Farndon Primary School

“I loved the assembly and thought that she wrote an amazing story and I thought it should have a standing ovation, also that assembly made me think and made my light shine brighter"

– Year 6 Pupil, Farndon Primary School

“I’ve used every technique that Cat has shared with us and each one has helped me in a positive way, I handle problems now in a way that I never thought I would."

– Libby ‘H’, Pupil at Eagle Butte High School

“The students were very engaged, they gained much personal insight into their emotions, behaviour and the way they relate to others, I had my eyes opened as well!"

– Carol Carlson, Head Teacher, Ralston School, Alberta, Canada

“Cat was a pleasure to have as an instructor. She is organised and professional. The reviews from seminar participants were among the best we have ever received.”

– Sharon Hurlbert, Course Manager, Medicine Hat College, Alberta, Canada

“It was such a tremendous gift of yourself that you gave us today. We all really enjoyed the session and I think everybody got a lot out of it. I thought your delivery was very clever and I really look forward to reading your book.”

– Catherine ‘W’, Teacher

"Cat provided a witty and original way to approach resilience and mental health. Her talk had an audience of 250 boys captivated, with a blend of analysis and diagnosis. Cat’s insistence upon the need to question our fears before tackling any next steps made her stand out from many other talks that have been given on this topic. To walk into class following this talk and have 20 lively 15 year olds want to discuss the issues is high praise indeed. Many thanks!"

– Lloyd Charman, Deputy Housemaster, The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School

"Good afternoon Cat and many, many thanks again for your inspiring session on Monday - all the feedback was very positive across the board. The fact that people continued to talk while you continued to feed us with more and more interesting concepts was a significant sign of how much was gained from having you here! Sincerely - thank you."

– Marie Tuohy, Headteacher, St Vincent's Barnet

"Cat Williams gave a passionate speech to all year groups at Newman College which gave the students practical ways to deal with stress and how they can react to stressful situations in a positive way. The presentation was engaging and varied allowing all students to take something away. Her talk was relevant to fit the PSHE and SMSC curriculum, would highly recommend."

– Stephanie Grimshaw, PSHCE Coordinator, Newman RC College​

The session Cat delivered ‘The Bounce Factor – What is resilience, and how can your mindset affect you during job searching?’ was engaging, inspiring and uplifting. Cat was organised, sharing materials in advance and adapting content for our needs. Participants left the session with positive actions to take forward and the feedback from participants reflected the positive approach Cat took to the topic. We are looking forward to working with Cat on future sessions.

– Hannah Perkins, Training and Events Coordinator, Student Futures - Careers and Employability, University of Chester

The session was great, Cat was fantastic and well received by our delegates

– Jessica Hollings-Tennant, Marketing Communications Manager, Ascentis

“Cat delivered two virtual sessions as part of the Careers Workshop programme for students and graduates at the University of Chester. The first, The Bounce Factor, focused on resilience and how your mindset can affect you during job searching. The second, Finding your Strengths, focused on Strengthology. Cat was an excellent presenter and delivered the two sessions in an inspiring, positive and relatable format. Participants were engaged with the content and were provided with positive actions to progress. This is reflected in the feedback comments received and the interest that participants had in attending the second of the two sessions that Cat delivered. We are looking forward to working with Cat on future sessions.”

– Hannah Perkins,Training & Events Coordinator, University of Chester

“Cat did a fantastic talk with us, discussing how we all have natural strengths and how we can use them to our advantage. The young people in our group were thoroughly engaged and learnt a lot from the session. In future sessions and in mentoring, we've also used what Cat spoke about as she presented the idea in a clear and interesting way.”

– Alex Pigott, Virtual Mate at We Mind the Gap

"The session was really successful. Cat provided some really useful tips and information for the topics covered and the feedback from our members who attended was really positive."

– Charlotte Lauder, Learning and Development Organiser, National Education Union

"At our recent Headteacher's meeting there was very positive feedback from her session. Many staff have "taken away" some very useful tips and ideas. The staff at my school really enjoyed the session and felt it was a very positive way to start the year. On the back of Cat's input I am now getting the ball rolling with our Year of Wellbeing. The most powerful message taken from Cat's input will be the Tag line for our year...Helping you to help yourselves with maintaining excellent wellbeing."

– Graeme Dow, Headteacher, The Sea View Trust

"It was a great afternoon, and very well received by the staff. They all found Cat’s session informative and useful.

– Kate Hodson, Headteacher, Poplar Farm School and Local Leader of Education

"Cat was great. Exactly what we looking for. She was really good in the workshop with the girls after the talk too. We would definitely invite her back."

"The session by Cat Williams at our recent DSL Meeting was very good, interesting and very useful. The feedback from the other attendees at the meeting was also very positive. "

– Mr Dan Bennett, Deputy Head Pastoral & Wellbeing, Kent College

"Cat is exceptionally gifted in helping people actualise their highest potential, bringing enthusiasm, passion and excitement in her delivery. I highly recommend Cat for delivering sessions that delight and engage the audience.”

– Holly McLoughlin, Registered Career Development Professional, Chester University

“The whole staff enjoyed the session. It gave them time to reflect on their own behaviours, and consider how they can support their own well-being. I personally felt very empowered by your session, thank you Cat.”

– Kate Hodson – Head Teacher, Coningsby

"Cat was brilliant! Her presentation was very well received by all our staff and Cat kept us fully engaged for the hour session. Very punctual and a lovely speaker. Thanks for all your assistance for organising this."

– Elizabeth Williams, The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust

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