Aisha Gordon-Hiles BSc, MSc,PGDIP MBACP ACCRED
Counsellor - Author - Therapeutic Life Coach - Consultant
I am an accredited counsellor and therapeutic life coach, most recently working as a life coach on the BBC TWO production of Idris Elba's Fight School.
In addition to this, I also provide therapeutic consultation services to media organisations in the pre-production phase, helping them understand the complexities of mental health and wellbeing, and how to integrate this into their pitch process.
After trying my hand at being an agony aunt at the age of 11, I went on to college to study Psychology, Sociology, Critical Thinking, and Health & Social Care at Richmond Upon Thames College.
Following this, I completed both my undergraduate (BSc Psychology with Counselling) and masters degree (MSc Therapeutic Counselling) at the University of Greenwich.
I then went on to complete two post graduate diplomas. One in Child and Adolescent Schools Counselling, and the other in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (trauma therapy).
Following that, I completed my certification in Life Coaching.
I have worked with Renaissance Studios and The Angell Brothers providing mental health and wellbeing consultation at pitch development stage, and have been featured live with Eddie Nester on BBC radio London discussing children and young people's mental health during the pandemic.
Most recently, I have worked with Workerbee TV and BBC TWO to provide Life Coaching to the students on the new series, Idris Elba's Fight School.
I am also a visiting lecturer at the University of Greenwich, teaching Counselling Skills, and an accredited member of the BACP
Aisha’s contribution to Idris Elba’s Fight School was invaluable. She joined the production at one of the most challenging points, when the students were feeling the pressure of filming and training while not yet seeing the benefits of the commitment and hard work they were putting in.
I was deeply impressed at how quickly Aisha developed relationships with each of them given the pressure they were under. Within a few sessions, she was able to help a highly diverse group to identify their goals and set about achieving them, with as much support as each individual needed. In some cases our students were unused to reflection and even distrusting, but Aisha was in every case able to gain their trust and their involvement. After a number of sessions, several of the students were able to achieve tangible goals that they wouldn’t have imagined possible previously.
Without compromising her relationship with the students, Aisha also collaborated with the production team, accommodating filming schedules and taking on board events that were being filmed as part of the documentary series. I was extremely grateful for her flexibility while admiring how she maintained the integrity of her work. And she’s a lot of fun to work with too!