I have written and contributed to a number of books which explore aspects of the human condition and relationships. With over twenty years of professional experience facilitating and coaching in a wide range of organisations and sectors, my published work offers insight to leaders and interested individuals alike

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Assertiveness and Diversity by Anni Townend

This book explores the relationship between being able to be truly oneself and being assertive.

‘A powerful and engaging book that combines straightforward practicality with a rare wisdom and insight into human relationships – a must-read for leaders, coaches and change agents.
— David Birch, Business Director, Ashridge Business School


Trauma, Abandonment and Privilege discusses how ex-boarders can be amongst the most challenging clients for therapists

It looks at the effects on adults of being sent away to board in childhood and the problems associated with boarding, which have only recently been acknowledged by mainstream mental health professionals.

‘Passionate engagement, exceptional clinical experience and case studies make this an impressive book which should be required reading for therapists, educationalists and politicians. It may also prove a life-saver for many boarding school “survivors”.
— Brian Thorne, Emeritus Professor of Counselling, University of East Anglia.


Children Growing up with Religion: Ten narratives explored

This book will be of interest to anyone who has religion as part of their childhood experience. It aims to shed objective light on the effect of a religious upbringing on both the child and the adult.

Contributors recall memories and draw conclusions about how religious influences have shaped their adult selves in ten autobiographical accounts from Peter Gubi, Catherine Hand, John McCourt, John Rowan, Jane Simmonds, Sharon Stinson, Anni Townend, Wendy Weston and the two editors themselves. Lucy Birtwistle and Lindsay Smith, both experienced counsellors, step back to consider these vibrant accounts of powerful emotions such as guilt and fear as well as love and comfort.

They reflect on issues of community, sexuality, spiritual awakening, parental neglect and the role religious parents play in determining a child's perception of God. Religion and particularly its role in childhood can be overlooked in counselling and psychotherapy.


‘Being Extraordinary’ is a superb guide to living life on purpose with meaning and freedom which I was delighted to edit for author and fellow coach and consultant, Ian Lock

Ian takes you on an exploration into what matters to you and how you can get more of what you care about.

There are very few books that do what they say they do. This book does. This is a powerful guide to anyone who wants more from their life - read it! Go on and be extraordinary.” - Anni Townend, Author of Assertiveness and Diversity
— Anni Townend, Author of Assertiveness and Diversity