About

FUTR now is on a mission to enable adults and children to “Habitise Happiness“. The Habitise Happiness programme is based on the science of Meditation and Positive Psychology. These skills include self-guided meditation, emotional agility, positive relationships, strengths-based growth, coping & resilience, goal setting, engagement, purpose & values, compassion and optimism.

We created FUTR now to increase mental well-being and to prevent mental illness. We believe that our mental well-being habits should be as important a part of our life as practicing physical well-being. Over the last 20 years thousands of scientific studies have shown that the tools we have based our programmes on can dramatically improve mental well-being. We believe through the daily practice of our Habitise Happiness tools we can essentially futureproof our mental wellbeing.

About Mary Ellen Saha (Founder & CEO)

BA MA BSC MBPSS LCH DIP

In summary I’m coach and guide, teacher, feminist, optimist, wife, author, enabler, energiser, improver, imperfect mother, listener, learner, curious creator, rule-breaker and risk-taker. I percolate & I persist.

My motto for life is don’t just survive, thrive! I believe that every individual has a unique set of character strengths and a unique contribution to offer the world. Knowing and growing your best self is the route to a joyful present and a fulfilling future.

I thrive on improving mental well-being and performance one person/child at a time. I have a natural instinct for change and am energised by it. I’m intrigued by individual differences. I’ve a highly developed ability to spot strengths in both kids and adults. I’m energised by seeing the best bits in others and helping them build on that good stuff so they flourish. 

I have a strong bias for action. I’m a motivator. With me as your coach you will get unstuck and find the energy and resources you need to achieve. Whether your goal is career advancement, lower stress or anxiety, better relationships or more mindful parenting I’ll give you the positive push you need. 

If you are uncertain about the road ahead because of redundancy or bereavement I can enable you to find a proactive way to embrace your loss. I will assist you to not merely survive the heartbreak and challenges you face but to thrive, in spite of them.

As an optimist I believe there has never been a better time than now to increase our collective mental well-being. We’ve never had it so good. We have the science. We have the technology. I see the current pandemic as a gift. It has given us a break from our regular routines. We have had to pause and reflect. Work and time, family and loss have taken on new meanings. Adversity can lead to growth, I’ve seen it time and time again with my clients over the last 10 years. There is an opportunity for us all to grow, to change and to live more meaningful and healthy lives. I believe we can change our narrative, our story. It’s our choice. The power lies within us. Once we dedicate the time, anything can happen.

Qualifications

I’m a qualified Positive Psychology Coach.

I have an BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Queens University Belfast.

I have a Diploma in Life Coaching accredited by The International Authority for Professional Coaching & Mentoring 

I have a Five-Course Certificate in Positive Psychology from The University of Pennsylvania.

This was taught via distance learning by Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman, Dr. James Pawelski, Dr. Angela Duckworth, Dr. Claire Robertson-Kraft & Dr. Karen Reivich, all leaders in this science. My studies included Character Strengths, Positive Interventions, Resilience & Grit.

I’m a qualified mindfulness trainer.

I’ve a Certificate in Mindfulness For Therapy/Coaching from Metanoia Institute, Ealing, London.

I’m a certified Youth Mindfulness Teacher. I was trained by Michael Bready and his team.

I’m an accredited Strengths Practitioner from Centre of Applied Positive Psychology, CAPP, Coventry, UK. I’m trained in both Individual & Team strengths.

I’m up-to-date on all the latest research and applications in the science of Positive Psychology.

Experience

I’ve been coaching for over ten years.

I’ve been career coaching adults since 2009, 1-on-1 privately and within corporate organisations for team and leadership training.

I’ve been coaching parents 1-on-1 and coaching families since 2016.

I’ve been coaching adults 1- on-1 in resilient grieving since 2018.

I’ve been teaching kids mindfulness and positive psychology interventions since 2018 both privately and at Grange Primary School, Ealing as an after school club. I’m DBS checked.

I’ve practiced positive psychology habits since 2009.

I have a personal daily meditation practice since 2012.

I’m a member of IPPA: International Positive Psychology Association.

I’m a member of the British Psychology Society and was a Committee Member of the Special Group in Coaching for 3 years.

I’m an author. I have published one book to date called True Colours Thru Strengths: How to Energise Your Child To Become Their Best Self. It is available on Amazon and has received five star reviews. I am currently writing a second book.

Personal

I am happily married to Anirban Saha and we have one daughter aged seven.

I lost my father to dementia, he passed in 2017. Less than six months later we lost my sister’s partner to a rare brain disease. I’m currently experiencing anticipatory-grief for my mother, who has stage five Alzheimer’s Disease.

I understand the heart of parenting and the pain of grieving.

I have total compassion for you and your journey. I start from a place of love and non-judgement.

About Anirban Saha (Co-founder)

BSc. MRes. DipBSoM 

I believe that anyone can meditate and that everyone should. From an early age I was reciting Sanskrit mantras with my parents and had a vague understanding of their meanings or was aware of their benefits. Somewhere in my teens I lost this practice, probably when I needed it the most, and took on the full burden of exam pressures and family expectations with no ways to deal with them. During my professional career, I worked for some of the biggest technology companies in the world, and dived fully into the stressful corporate cycle of life being over-worked with little control over my future.

My initial foray back to meditative practices started with Yoga and Pranayama in my late twenties. The immediate impact to my mental well-being was massive and  very effective and I sought to learn and practice and teach ever since. I personally practice silent mantra meditations and has had the most profound impact on my life and views of the world and people in it. It is a technique that I love teaching and I am fully accredited by the British School of Meditation.

This has ultimately led me to co-founding FUTR now with my wife, and we are on a unified mission to bringing these critical skills to as many people as we can in a time of unprecedented cases of mental health issues, throughout our society.

As your meditation teacher, I will help understand your needs and plan and adapt specific meditative techniques with clear guidance on how to start and habitise a regular meditation practice. We will always have time for discussion and feedback and a open dialogue on your meditation journey.