About Us

"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." - Christopher Robin to Pooh 

EQ for All was born from the ashes as the brainchild of author, speaker and counsellor Deborah McPhilemy. Deborah was raised in South Africa and later relocated to the UK, where she now resides and works.

Her passion for helping children stems from her own trauma that has given her true insight in to the amount of anxiety and depression that negative experiences in our formative years can cause. She never had resources to help her as a child, nor were parents back then always equipped to raise strong, self-assured and confident little ones.  

Knowing that our mental state plays a massive impact on our physical and emotional well-being, Deborah knew that children and parents needed a platform to assist in learn about their emotions and with formative trauma having negative impact on the choices made in her adult years, set out to find an answer as to how to make things better for others.

It was in 2003 when Deborah first came across the term emotional intelligence; the solutions that she was looking for. If you understand your emotions, you can cope with them.

With drive and passion, she quit her job and became the first commercial emotional intelligence trainer in South Africa. Deborah made better and more self-care driven choices and this completely change your life.

She soon opened her own practice, became a qualified counselor and began to work with corporates, children and adults in helping them live richer and fuller lives. She also proudly developed programs for schools and educators to help them teach beyond the ABC’s. Realizing that children experience the same emotions as adults but with even less tools to cope was the driving force behind Getting Kids Social Again.  

Through learning to understand emotional intelligence, Deborah raised her children using these principles and is proud to say that her two kids are well-adjusted, happy adults who are now raising her remarkable grandchildren. Her absolute goal, purpose and passion is to ensure that her and other children never have to face the life of torment that she did.  Deborah is an expert in her field with a career in counselling, training, motivational speaking and writing that spans 18 years and works with an incredible team of like-minded individuals to help make emotional intelligence development accessible to many families across the South Africa.

Meet the Team

Deborah McPhilemy

Founder of EQ for All, Teddy’s Inc. & Getting Kids Social Again. Deborah is passionate about empowering people, with the skills to improve the quality of their lives, and relationships. She is particularly passionate about empowering children with Emotional and Social Skills from an early age, and working with disempowered women.

Paul McPhilemy

Paul is Deborah's husband and her biggest champion.  He was introduced to Emotional Intelligence when he met his wife, and it completely transformed his life. He has become the biggest advocate for it, with a particular passion for helping children. He absolutely loves to jump into one of our mascot suits to give out big bear hugs.

Roland Rennie

“I am passionate about human relations and communication. I believe that communicating correctly is the key to success. I am particularly passionate about helping men to ‘find themselves’ again. To feel comfortable expressing their emotions and showing them just how powerful it is and how being able to do this impacts and transforms your relationships and your life.”

Eve Kelly

“I take pride in being a very nurturing person. I have a nursing background, but found my real passion in Early Learning Development. The sooner we can teach our children to become emotionally intelligent, the stronger their emotional foundation will be. I also understand the importance of learning through play. Learning to be Emotionally Intelligent should always be exciting & fun.”

Nicola Date

Fundraising and PR Coordinator About Nicola "I am passionate about making the world an easier place for all people to live in, and this can be achieved through empathy and the work done by EQ for All. I am on a constant journey of self-discovery and working on EQ development has helped me relate to, and understand other people's stories. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help spreed the word, and grow this incredible organisation that benefits humanity in such a beautiful way."

Natasha Campbell

PA and Marketing Assistant
“Becoming Emotionally Intelligent is one of the best things I have ever done for myself. Becoming EQ improved my life, even though I thought it was already perfect.  I have learnt that emotions are beautiful things; that my emotions make me human, but they also make me unique. I am proud to be part of a team that recognises the importance of emotions, and the power they have to make the world a better place for all.” 

Now one big happy family

Our UK Partner

Teddy's Inc. EQ for Kids

Deborah McPhilemy

Our Ambassadors and EQ Resources for 3 - 10 year olds