Katy Griffin is a leading mental health expert and the founder of Thera-Sea. Katy has over 14 years experience in the field including in her role as a psychiatric nurse practitioner for the NHS and as the mental health specialist for Falmouth University.
About Katy Griffin
Katy Griffin is registered mental health nurse and founder of Thera-Sea – a company dedicated to taking an educational approach to preventing mental health difficulties through a variety of workshops, retreats and wellbeing days. Qualified in cognitive behavioural therapy, cognitive analytical therapy, dialectal behavioural therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy, Katy’s expertise in mental health and illness is second to none. Her talks empower wellbeing in all walks of life.
Katy Griffin has enjoyed a successful career in mental health in various roles for more than 14 years. She created Thera-Sea four years ago as she set out on a journey to find alternative solutions and treatments due to her frustration with the way mental health is addressed and medicated in the UK. She is now regularly booked as a mental health keynote speaker to help others advance their awareness of mental health and those who are suffering around them.
She doesn’t believe in quick fix solutions for such complex issues. Instead, she has combined her clinical and personal experience, scientific research and case histories to present a broad perspective workbook which she delivered using simple, uncomplicated, user-friendly language. She believes this should inspire and motivate participants to advance their own awareness and skills set as well as the people around them.
Having graduated from the University of Chester with a Bachelor of Nursing in Mental Health Nursing, Katy has worked a successful career dedicated to helping people with their mental health, beginning her decorated career working as a Mental Health Worker for The Priory. Providing support to young people with social, emotional and behavioural challenges, Katy began to develop her knowledge of rehabilitation and therapeutic settings. Today, Katy is the Founder of Thera-Sea, a company that is dedicated to providing specialist workshops and retreats that help people to prioritise their wellbeing and draw on the positive influence of nature and nutrition – with an educational twist.
Before dedicating her time to Thera-Sea, Katy was a talented Mental Health Worker and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. During her time working for the NHS, Katy continued to build her expertise as a specialist on mental health, working with all kinds of people from children to adults and families. Having experienced her father’s transition from a loving family man to a person who struggled with chronic alcoholism, Katy knows first-hand the struggles of mental illness, one of the main motivating factors that inspired her to follow a career as a mental health specialist. Having also been a Mental Health Specialist for Falmouth University, Katy now dedicates her time to Thera-Sea and understanding the power of positive behaviours on health and wellbeing.
Katy can be found sharing her wisdom as a powerful mental health keynote speaker. Tackling the rise of degenerative diseases and mental illness, Katy emphasises the detrimental impact stress and unhealthy lifestyles can have on mental health.
When she is not found in the sea surfing, paddleboarding and swimming you can find Katy wilderness hiking mountains with her dog Bruce.
- Self regulation & the brain; the biology of stress & developing a better understand of what stress is
- Understanding the function of the autonomic nervous system (fight or flight). Different types of stress & how to alleviate them
- Understand the role of emotions and how they affect us
- Understanding the affects of exercise, sleep & nutrition on positive mental health (good sleep habits & sleep misconceptions)(exercise & lifestyle as medicine)(gut health & the microbiome)
- The importance of relaxation to activate the parasympathetic nervous system & how to stay calm in a busy world
- The impact of having a purpose – those who have have a why can survive almost any how
- Processing difficult experiences
- Validating emotions
- The power of vulnerability, authenticity and connection