Ruth Cooper-Dickson

Ruth Cooper-Dickson

A positive psychology practitioner and resilience, wellbeing and trauma-informed coach, Ruth founded CHAMPS for Change CIC to utilise her expertise in post-traumatic growth and help others thrive.

Bringing with her many years’ experience in Mental Wealth consultancy, coaching and training, it has always been an ambition of Ruth’s to create a sustainable Community Interest Company that allows her to give back to communities affected by the causes she is most passionate about. 

With this in mind, CHAMPS for Change prioritises the needs of anyone who has experienced trauma and adversity, with a particular focus on women who have experienced domestic abuse, refugee communities and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Informed by Ruth’s academic research and extensive coaching expertise, CHAMPS for Change facilitates new learnings in the field of trauma and delivers a range of workshops and one-to-one sessions to promote thrivership and Mental Wealth. The company works collaboratively with third sector organisations to get the right support to the right people at the right time. Current collaborators include WE:ARE (formerly Birmingham Freedom Project which supports women survivors of domestic abuse), Indigo Volunteers (a charity supporting those working on the frontline in refugee communities within Europe) and Caramel Rock (a fashion focused project engaging hard-to-reach inner city children and young people in England).

A highly accomplished public speaker, Ruth has delivered engaging keynote presentations internationally, from ING Bank’s ‘Global Diversity and Inclusion’ week, to Expedia’s ‘Global Wellness’ month conference in California, and, more recently, the Women’s Economic Forum in Slovenia.

Putting compassion, empathy and authenticity at the heart of everything she does, Ruth often shares her own lived experience of panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder and trauma, and is a patron of UK charity, No Panic. Her coaching work has taken her to refugee camps and favellas, as well as multinational corporate environments.

A professional doctoral candidate for 2021 researching in the field of Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling, Ruth holds an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology majoring in coaching and post-traumatic growth. 

Also a keen writer, Ruth is the resident Positive Psychology expert for the BALANCE London magazine as well as a podcast host who has interviewed many inspirational leaders and influencers including Ollie Ollerton, Jo Wimble-Groves (aka Guilty Mother) and chef Simon Boyle.

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