Since you’ve got as far as my website, allow me to introduce myself.
I am Rebecca. Rebecca Livermore as a musician and Rebecca Burman as a Coach, Facilitator, Support Worker, Artist, Teacher and Mental Health First-Aider.
Jack of all trades, or a polymath?
Polymath has, to me at least, a rather grand sound to it, but since I like to believe I attain a pretty high standard in all that I do, I try to wear the title (as if someone has awarded it to me) with pride.
I was born and bred a classical musician. I went to music college and have been a principal player in various London-based orchestras for 25 years.
In 2014, after a period of poor mental health, I was diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder. This was to be a pivotal point, marking my need to extend myself. A deep interest in the workings of the brain, a new exploration of ways to express myself, and consequently a deep need to help others too.
In 2017 I was awarded a ‘Katherine McGillivray Get A Life Fund’, and consequently took time out of my musical career to study the life and work of French-American artist Louise Bourgeois, and to further my visual art practice.
In this same year, I was diagnosed with the Chronic Disease Endometriosis. As I waited for surgery I became increasingly disabled and spent a lot of time housebound.
After major, and very successful, surgery in 2019, I went on to lose my brother-in-law to Psychosis and then my Mum to a brain tumour.
In 2020 I commenced my studies to become a Coach and Mentor.
This is where my passion lies now. I specialise in working with Neurodivergent people and parents of Neurodivergent children and 2021 brought ongoing exploration of my own Neurodiversity.
Alongside this, I am a facilitator for Mothers Who Make (peer support for creative mothers), a Support Worker at Cambridge Junction – working with young people with complex needs, and a violin teacher.
I am also a mother, an avid reader of fiction and autobiographies, and have regular phases of attempting perfection in culinary matters!