Following a successful career in the armed forces, I moved to ‘the City’ and to the corporate sector for the next chapter of my working life. Psychology and sociology have fascinated me throughout my life I read avidly around the subjects, undertaking several related university courses over the years.
Having always chosen demanding, high stress environments, you can imagine I understand work related stress and the pressures of chasing a work-life balance. A series of major, personal life-changing events led me to conclude that I wanted to train professionally in approaches I found personally beneficial, and that I wanted to draw on my personal and professional experience to work dynamically with people who wish to make positive life changes.
I trained as a cognitive behavioural therapist and counsellor, clinical hypnotherapist, life coach and mindfulness teacher because I value the clear, relatively short and largely solution focused emphasis of these frameworks.
In 2017, I was delighted to be asked to join the teaching team at the College of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies based in London and Bath. I now teach cognitive behavioural therapy based on the framework of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) to adult students from backgrounds including trained therapists looking to broaden their therapeutic skills and people looking for a complete career change. I also supervise students as they begin to work with clients.
Recently I joined forces with Louise Chunn, founder of Welldoing.org, to deliver wellbeing at work.
Whilst recognising that the past is important, my interest has always been in understanding how negative past events, or what we tell ourselves about them, may be sabotaging and playing out for us today. Significantly then, we can change our relationship to these so that they no longer get to define our present and future.
To do this effectively, I realised the importance of learning tools and techniques to support and maintain personal change, and that the larger the toolkit we have, the more we improve our ability to deal with whatever life throws at us. These tools and techniques can be applied as we need and having an extensive toolkit (some will become favourites) means that there will always be something that can support us.
I care deeply that people are suffering when they know that their life isn’t working as they’d wish on one level or another, but don’t know how to change or do things differently. If this is you, I am here to help.
In additional to my therapeutic and counselling skills, I am an experienced mentor, coach and teacher, having been trained in and utilised these skills in a variety of roles throughout my working life. Working with me means that you are working with a counsellor who has walked a number of paths that may not be too dissimilar from your own. With that experience, comes a level of humanity and understanding that cannot be taught by textbooks alone. Your change matters to me.