Irena is the principal consultant and researcher at Your Alchemists. She also collaborates with global experts from diverse fields, PhD colleagues and Doctors in Psychology. She is currently co-authoring various articles based on her research and writing her first book based on her research findings.

Irena has held various advisory and consulting roles in different settings. She has carried out quantitative & qualitative people research globally, in many different environments, including academia, healthcare, global corporate organisations, one on one, in groups and at all levels of the organisation, to ensure all views are included, and up to Group CEO level.  Irena is proficient in working with very senior key stakeholders to understand and clarify their research or training needs. Our team is skilled at reporting, communicating and presenting analysis to technical and non-technical wide and diverse audiences, in different languages.

Our expertise lies in mind-set and behaviour change having investigated and practiced in the major fields of Arts, Sports, Business and Science.

 

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VIDEO & AUDIO INTERVIEWS

Irena has interviewed many high profile experts in their respective fields. These have included Group CEOs, C-suite executives, people in the public domain including authors/motivational speakers, Doctors, scientists, ministers, sports personalities, actors, artists, spiritual leaders and film-makers. Because of the confidential nature of our clients’ (and former employers’) works, we are not always able to publish all those films and photographs and provide names. You can, however, read those interviews with photos, when we have received permission, on our Blog and social media pages (follow the links at the bottom of all our website pages).

 

RESEARCH AREAS, PRESENTATIONS AND SEMINARS COVERED

Some of the topics we have investigated, reported on and written about include: Mind-set change, Memory, Behavioural change, Wellbeing (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, financial, relational) and Wellbeing in Organisations, Transpersonal Psychology, Positive Psychology, CBT models (Traditional and Third Wave CBT such as compassion and meditation focused models), Meditation, Quiet-time & relaxation, Trauma, Spirituality in the Workplace, Coercive control, Abuse (physical, verbal, psychological), Organisation Culture Change, Change,  Employee Engagement, Male Mental Health, Diversity & Inclusion, Evolutionary Psychology, Resilience, Arts and Sports. 

 

“There have always been good people doing good work for the benefit of others and Irena is one of them. Irena gave us all a voice and introduced us to each other. She highlighted skills and talents, praised and encouraged many people. She also personally supported me when I ran my own workshop sessions. Her sensible and scientific approach was extremely helpful when much about mental and emotional health can be very emotive and sensitive.”

C.W, Global Corporate firm, South East of England

 

COURSES & WORKSHOPS

Our research has been termed ‘novel’ and some of our findings have been incorporated in our ‘Courses’ and ‘Books’ page. Our findings and proposed approaches to wellbeing will be available online shortly. We can also present these in-person at workshops  in the forms of talks or Masterclasses. Get in touch with us if you are interested in Irena presenting to your organisation about any of those topics.  

CURRENT RESEARCH

We are currently carrying out research on psychological coercive control, which is illegal in the UK in the domestic area. However, more needs to be done in other spheres where this behaviour goes undetected or is very hard to address because of the nature of those perpetuating the abuse being in positions of power. We will publish our findings in a series of articles with a US colleague and expert in this field, as well as in our book.

If you believe you have experienced psychological coercive control and are interested in taking part in our on-going investigation of this topic,  please email us as our research is on-going. More coming soon in our Blog!

Together we can make a difference.

DO YOU HAVE A STORY OF COURAGE AGAINST THE ODDS YOU WANT US TO SHARE?

If our journey and values resonate with you and you have yourself faced adversity and transformed your life, we would love to hear from you. We are passionate about giving a voice to those who might not have one. Email us at: irena@youralchemists.com or send us an email on our Connect page.

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“Irena’s impact in our organization cannot be underestimated.  She brings a unique set of skills and perspective to the workplace. The way she made the workshop environment feel safe and trusted to be vulnerable and peel beneath the veneer of the work persona was brilliant. In turn I felt much more confident being vulnerable with peers and colleagues. The sessions were facilitated so well, there was a period of calm that gave the headroom to adequately reflect on work challenges and find practical solutions. I still use some of the techniques Irena taught today. The benefits are seen throughout our organization. Thank you for being brave and taking such a huge risk; it paid off. I am bringing more of myself to work.”

IW, Global Corporate, England