During 1999 -2001, I worked as a Samaritan, and it was supporting despairing people that made me start to re-evaluate my own sense of fulfilment and purpose. At that point I had been a manager for about 18 years, and was no longer enjoying the increasing pressures and stresses of a very target and profit driven environment. In amongst the anxiety about a regular wage, paying the mortgage and building a pension, I started to ponder the possibility of a second career as a counsellor.
Then at the start of 2004, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a blood cancer. This came as a huge shock, as I was only 49, looked after myself, kept fit, ate reasonably healthily, had never smoked and drank moderately. However in a strange way this diagnosis gave me the motivation and opportunity I needed to leave work and retrain as a counsellor. The part-time flexibility of the training I did, gave me the flexibility to work around the treatments I was getting, and I have continued to do my counselling, with breaks when needed for treatment.
As a result, by late 2006 I was trained and starting to practice, having had placements at Loughborough University and Age Concern. After a while, I came to the conclusion that the variety of issues that clients presented with, meant that I would be more effective as a counsellor, if I had a wider range of therapy skills. This lead me to exploring and training in additional skills and modalities such as, Human Givens, Cognitive Hypnotherapy, Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Mindfulness and Meditation and more recently Somatic (Body) Psychotherapy.
Having now practiced for 8 years, I have decided to specialise in supporting people with anxiety, depression and trauma. As a young man I served 3 years in the Army, and so am particularly interested in working with Servicemen, ex-Servicemen/ Veterans, and would welcome any Servicemen or Veterans getting in touch.