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Amanda Green, Sandra Dean; just names – I’m coming out!

Sandra Dean/Amanda Green

Sandra Dean/Amanda Green

You may well notice that my social media accounts have acknowledgement to ‘Sandra Dean’ now, as well as Amanda Green. Amanda Green is my author pseudonym and Sandra Dean is my real name.

After two years of separation, I decided to link my two names as it will make things easier for me now.

I am also looking for a Counselling level 4 placement to start early next year and will eventually wish to work within mental health, so if anyone has any connections or ideas, then please do let me know. (Prison, Mental Health department, general; I am open to ideas)

Have a great week! 🙂

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10 comments to Amanda Green, Sandra Dean; just names – I’m coming out!

  • Ian Springham

    Emergence, the national PD experts, may also be a helpful resource. They run the KUF (NHS Knowledge and Understanding Framework for PD) training programme, employing peer trainers of whose happy band I was a member.

  • Ian Springham

    You have made some (many!) brave steps to reach this point, none of which could have been easy choices. Whilst I understand the need for (and have used) a pseudonym in certain contexts, I really do think and hope that your disclosure will be a positive action and will help you to feel a greater sense of empowerment.

    I found meaning and purpose in my life by helping others do the same; in my case, training and working as a Peer Trainer at the UK’s first Recovery College in South West London. Perhaps there may be similar opportunities available near where you live.

    The path to Trainerhood started with helping a local MH Art group, followed by moderating Rethink’s forum, Rethink Talk, along with other supportive online work. Building hope-inspiring networks and helping people take greater control over their lives helped me to shake off the old mantle of “Capt SpaceBat” and start to be “Ian Springham” for the first time in my life without shame.

    I wish you well in your continuing journey 🙂

    • amandagreenauthor

      Thanks Ian, I do feel empowered already and some have said they can ‘feel’ my confidence this week. It sounds like you have been very involved in mental health support and yes I do love Emergence so I may well ask them 🙂

    • amandagreenauthor

      Of course, for me, I only used a pseudonym to protect those I wrote about not myself – I have nothing to hide and never felt I did x

  • Dody

    For so many, many reasons, Sandra, I applaud you and feel so much respect for the person you were as well as the person you’ve become. It is SO GREAT to see you! Best wishes on the job hunt – no doubt the right door will open, the one that fits. Take good care and keep on enjoying the ride!

    • amandagreenauthor

      Oh Dody, thank you so much for your kind words! It’s nice to show my face now and just be me – I have come far enough now to be happy about it, so I guess that says a lot. My confidence has hit a high this week after deciding to do it on Monday. I am sure I will find something perfect to do and I feel no stress about it. I feel the future is looking bright and I will enjoy whatever I do. Not many weeds left in my garden! 🙂 xxx

  • Kimmie

    I noticed ‘sandra Dean’ on Linkedin a couple of hours ago, and put two and two together.

    Very brave Amanda (I mean Sandra) it will take me a while to think of you as anything other than ‘dear’ Amanda….but I’m so happy for you, happy for you, because I know what a huge step this is.

    Lift your hand lovely girl, cause I’m high fiving you :o)

    Huge hugs,

    Take care, Kimmie x

    • amandagreenauthor

      Thanks Kimmie! It’s all good for me personally, just hope it won’t cause any outside issues – high five right back lovey. Amanda is still good for me! xxx

  • emma paslawska

    Your so pretty.have you thought of counselling at mind? A mental health charity that does counselling xxx

    • amandagreenauthor

      Thank you Emma! Mind and many charities are difficult to get in, as they have many requirements, but I would like to try homeless charities or charities that deal with drug or alcohol addiction as suggested by my brother today – it can be hard as there are so many fellow trainees in various colleges around me. fingers crossed 🙂

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