Before retiring as a UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist Dr Steph Adam had a successful career in counselling, supervising trainee counsellors, and was part of one of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Panels for Professional Conduct Matters.
As a counsellor she worked for the NHS, several voluntary agencies, and in the last decade she specialised in counselling young people attending secondary education in North Yorkshire, and students at York College. Alongside these roles she had a private practice, where she worked with a diverse range of clients with different issues such as bereavement, abuse, anxiety, depression and isolation.
Dr Adam wants to enlighten readers about a range of psychology topics, written as guides in simple language to help people and their families to achieve a more meaningful life. In 2018 she wrote The Dream Interpreters: Which One or None? exploring five theories of dream interpretation including her own analysis and conclusions on the topic. This book is an adaptation from her Doctoral study into dream analysis.
Her second book was published in 2021 entitled The Effect of Social Media on Adolescents' Mental Health and Well-Being which explains the risks and benefits that occur when our young people are online. The inspiration to research this topic area came after one morning witnessing a group of teenagers walking to school whilst immersed in whatever activity they were doing on their phones. The group crossed the road together without checking for oncoming cars, more concerned in their phones than their safety.
Dr Adam’s third book is on its way and will be published during 2024.This book is written for parents and caregivers of young babies and explains how to gauge their babies’ mental development. She understood from her counselling training how positive and negative experiences can affect childhood, which later shapes adulthood personality and behaviour. She became motivated to write about this subject after the birth of her youngest grandson now aged 2 years.
Dr Adam was born in Hornsea, East Yorkshire and lives in York. She likes dogs as well as travelling both in the UK and abroad. She enjoys going to the theatre, socialising with her friends and family and listening to country music. She is currently learning to dance the Margaret Morris Method and has taken up line dancing. She likes to read crime books and historical fiction.
Image of Steph and her beloved late dog Daisy, by James McHugh