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 My Story 

How I got to where I am and what I now do

I started my work career as a cost and management account working at a 20 million turnover manufacturing business. I stayed in that profession for a number of years and then took a position in technical sales. From there I saw the first wave of clone computers, amstrads, apricots, zens etc; and then subsequently saw the first wave of the internet too

I worked with large, small and venture capital/business angel funded enterprises mainly in the IT/Internet/Comms sector. I worked with  Lord Beaverbrook, John Kidd (Jodie Kidd, the model’s father) and one company funded by Mike Ashley

At one point I was looking after 3 separate teams with offices in Wakefield, Birmingham and Putney, London. Spending  inordinate amounts of time travelling up and down the motorway with the mobile ‘phone glued to my ear. Working 60/80 hour weeks and sometimes travelling to an office location Sunday evening’s so I could be in the office first thing Monday morning

At that time I used to play a lot of sports, rugby, football, squash, a little martial arts; so I was quite fit physically. However, I started to suffer with pains in my chest at this time. The only way I could describe it was it was like somebody had wrapped steel bands around my chest and tightened them up

I thought I had strained a chest muscle so carried on. After a couple of weeks the pain hadn’t got any worse but had not gone away either. I made the mistake at this point of mentioning it to my wife who subsequently went ballistic and so off we/I reluctantly went down the local A&E to get checked out

Cutting a long story short I was put on the running mill and got wired up to check my heart etc; and eventually I sat down with the consultant. He said “You’re as fit as a marine, you’re suffering with stress; you need to change what you do” Now, this came as quite a shock. A pleasant shock in as much there was nothing physically wrong with me but I had no appreciation or inkling that I had been suffering with stress. That taught me something to what I now do in as much as stress can manifest itself in different ways. With myself it did by way of the chest pains

So, I was encouraged to change what I do?! I had no idea what else I could do but started to look around to what I would find suitable. That’s when I bumped into hypnotherapy; got fascinated by it and ended up completing 18 months of training in Clinical Hypnotherapy at the University of Central England in Aston, Birmingham

Since that point in time when they let me loose on the public back in July 1997 I have been in practice ever since. With over 3000 individual consultations being completed in the 21 years I have been in practice there’s certainly not much I haven't come across when helping to resolve issues with individuals

Along the way I have also added more psychological tools to the toolbox and completed further qualifications. I am now a qualified psychotherapist & counsellor, hypnotherapist, psychologist, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) practitioner, EFT (Emotional Freedom Therapy) practitioner and Life Coach………..and I put the rubbish bins out on Thursdays!

Which leads me to where I am now. Around 3 years ago I helped the owner of a business resolve certain things and he later approached me to see if I would be interested in helping employees in corporates with mental health and well-being

I find that my unique selling point is that not only do I have 20 years experience of the stresses and  strains in the corporate world but also very significant experience of 21 years of helping individuals resolve mental health issues and how to achieve balance and peace of mind in their lives

Some of my current ongoing mental heath and well-being provider initiatives are with the Civica Group, Spectra Group and The Heart of Worcestershire College

These are true ‘end to end’ solutions from training to practitioner support. In my opinion there has been far too much lip service paid to mental health and well-being in the workplace in the past and true help and support should be a given. Retaining your most valuable asset which is people and looking after their mental health and well-being means less sick days, less presenteeism, a happier more balanced workforce and a healthier bottom line

If you are a company, large or small, an educational institution or a sole business owner I can help; just be in contact