Emma Kenny is a qualified and highly experienced practitioner with Psychological and Counselling qualifications recognised by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and the British Psychological Society.
Emma Kenny is working with ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses to highlight awareness lens availability for children and young people, after her son’s strong glasses prescription left him seriously lacking in confidence.
Describe a typical day?
My typical day tends to involve various strands. My priority is being with my children and I tend to be available during the early morning to make them breakfast.
I still practice therapy, so I will drive to one of my offices and then take my client list. Usually I will also write a few articles, take part in a couple of radio interviews and answer any inquiries that are sent to my website. I tend to go to the gym on a typical day and always make sure that I make a meal for my boys.
I certainly don’t have a glamorous lifestyle, I’m a bit of a home bird to be honest.
What do you feel are your biggest achievements?
My children without a doubt! Whilst I love my career and feel hugely fortunate, my boys gave me reason.
Being able to sit and share journeys with my clients is also a driving force.
I can’t deny that I feel it’s an achievement to be on the TV and taking part in various media activities. I often have to pinch myself.
What’s in your handbag/satchel etc?
Oh dear, what isn’t!!!! Eyeliner, always black eyeliner, lip gloss and powder (the staple make up necessities!). My phone, usually my purse but believe me on many occasions I forget it!
Pictures of my boys, they make every moment away from them more acceptable.
My nickname is ‘rags’ because of the inordinate amount of tissue paper I carry around with me too! To be fair though if I ever become lost I would be able to survive for a week on the contents of my bag!
What are your ambitions in life?
Genuinely to make as many people as possible feel happier about themselves! Life can be so much better with positive thinking and a reduction in fear. So many people settle for less than they deserve and I want to change that. I would like more children and feel that if I can be the best parent possible I will change society for the better through the children I create.
What advice would you give your pre baby self that you now know having had a child?
All that stuff that keeps you awake at night doesn’t matter! I would tell myself that one day all my answers will lie in the eyes of another and all my worries will feel soothed by their love. Having children made me who I am, they are my everything.
Where do you see yourself in five years-time?
I hope to be running a very successful business that I am currently setting up. I would like another child and ideally want to feel as fit and healthy as I do right now.
What advice would you give a budding psychologist?
Believe in the best of everyone. Recognize that even when a person isn’t reaching your standards they are doing the best they can.
Also by the time I finished my initial degree I had worked hard voluntarily for several organizations. Make yourself stand out.
Most importantly remember that the only people who do not succeed are those who give up; so don’t!
Finally, happiness is…wrapped up in my comfies with my man on one side and my boys on the other enjoying the most ordinary of moments.
Emma Kenny is working with ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses to highlight awareness lens availability for children and young people, after her son’s strong glasses’ prescription left him seriously lacking in confidence.