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17th June 2019 

Hello, I'm Keith,
and I'm pleased to offer you

Stress Management
and Relationship Coaching

Coaching to help you identify and manage your stress management, relationship and self-care needs, thereby improving your emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing across all areas of your life. This includes within your family, work, relationships and sexuality, and just about every other aspect of your life.

Strala Yoga-inspired classes
for Stress Management, Self-Care, and Mind-Body Wellness

Gentle and fun classes or sessions, based around breathing exercises, mindfulness training, tips and guidance on your psychological and emotional self-care, and lots of Strala Yoga. All designed by me, to help you reduce your general stress, and improve your overall mind-body wellbeing (Available in County Galway, 2020).

Welcome to my stress management, relationship, psychological self-care and mind-body wellness website; areas of life that I'm truly passionate about, both in my personal life and also for helping others with professionally. I would love to share with you all that I've learned in my own life within these areas, combined with my knowledge gained over many years of counselling and coaching clients on their stress-related issues, self-care and sexual relationship self-development.

As a coach, I come from a varied international background as a helping-professional. This has included as a psychological counsellor and therapist (2000-2013); as a coach for stress management and self-care (since 2000); coaching for relationship & sexuality self-development (since 2000); and, previously, as a US-UK Fulbright Award-winning educator in secondary and special education. My university professional qualifications include undergraduate and postgraduate studies in areas of counselling & psychotherapy, education / psychology and other social sciences. More recently, I am in the process of completing adjunct certification as a Strala Yoga Guide. As you can see, I've been directly helping people to manage their stressful lives and improve their emotional, psychological, sexual and physical wellbeing for many years.

Underpinned by this combined background I'm here to help you manage your stress, thereby improving all areas of your life and relationship(s), as well as helping your overall mind-body wellness. In particular, stress management can be approached with me either through targeted, supportive coaching that is customised for your specific goals, or in a more general sense through gentle, slow, calming mind-body wellness classes featuring Strala Yoga.

If you’re here to find out about my gentle Strala Yoga-inspired stress management / self-care and mind-body wellness classes then please feel free to go directly to my Strala Yoga page from here. Or, please scroll further down through this page to read about my coaching.

Stress Management & Relationship Coaching,  and / or Strala Yoga. StralaTwo (old)

Introduction to
my Coaching

As the medical world, psychologists, and coaching professionals (such as myself) trained in areas of counselling, education and mind-body wellness now readily acknowledge, stress is insidious. Serious levels of stress could be due to pressure at work, sexuality or relationship problems, fears / anxieties and insecurities, challenging family circumstances, psychological or physical health issues of oneself or others, personal trauma, income and other financial problems, employment worries, being competitive in life, or an infinite number of other possible causes. Stress and worrying about any areas of your life, including frustration, anxiety and dissatisfaction with areas of your intimate relating and sexuality, can destroy your emotional and physical wellness, your relationship(s), your sexual function, your career and -- in time -- potentially your whole life. Stress is a killer. And, stress rarely, if ever, just simply disappears out of your life. So, dealing with stress is a proactive choice on your part to make the consistent effort that it takes to put your life back on track. Stress can, in fact, be sensibly managed by various kinds of psychologically-based coaching, as well as in a more general sense through mind-body connection exercise, such as yoga and tai chi.

What professional insights do I bring to my stress management and relationship coaching work? My long professional involvement in working with stressed people since 1975 has given me a depth of knowledge and understanding regarding the multiple causes / origins, effects and outcomes of stress on our psychological and physical health and wellness. Throughout the years I've been involved in working internationally with highly stressed children, teenagers and adults in a wide range of educational and psychological therapy contexts. For thirteen years this was as a UK-based counsellor, working with adult individuals and couples on issues of stress, anxiety, depressive feelings, sexual abuse, and insecurity. I also specialised as a relationship and sexuality counsellor for traditional as well as LGBT, alternative and non-monogamous / polyamorous lifestyles. Concurrent with my counselling, I coached clients experiencing severe stress, as well as clients having sexual and intimate relating self-development needs or goals. Prior to my counselling work, between 1975-1999 I was a US-UK Fulbright Award-winning educator, working in England and California. This was predominantly with socially disadvantaged, stressful, anxious and insecure children and young people experiencing significant emotional, social, behavioural and educational problems.

Now retired completely from counselling and therapy I continue to offer coaching that is uniquely focused on stress management for all aspects of your life, including, where required, coaching for further relationship development and sexual wellbeing. As you can see, my journey to coaching has evolved out of a serious and varied international helping-professional background, which all contributes greatly to my present skills, knowledge and experiential understanding. And, I’ve also been there personally. By which, I mean that -- in terms of personal experience -- there was also a very dark and frightening ten year period in my life where I had to deal with my own suddenly arising psychological and physical health-impacting stress crisis. This was, over time, put to rest by my consistent and mindful self-application of the same coaching and mind-body wellness skill-sets and strategies that I gladly share with my clients.

As you can see, I'm thoroughly grounded when it comes to understanding and managing stress. It would be my great pleasure to work with you and help you with stress in any aspect(s) of your life.

My areas of Coaching
Stress Management for your emotional, psychological,
sexual and physical wellbeing

I provide stress management coaching across all aspects of your life, whether it be personal, work-related, family-related, sexuality-related or concerning stressful areas of loving intimate relationships. My coaching is a very non-counselling, relaxed and practical approach to helping you manage or resolve stress arising from your current lifestyle, work, family situation, educational context, the place you live, your relationships and / or sexuality. These latter two areas are not often served by stress management coaches, but my previous background provides me with the necessary skills and experience to work on relationships and sexuality successfully and ethically with you. At the core of my relationship and sexuality stress management coaching is my focus on further developing your relationship partnering skills. This may include, improved interpersonal communication skills, negotiating skills, sexual and relationship boundary setting and boundary maintenance skills, gentle self-assertion skills, development of greater intimacy, overcoming shyness and anxieties in sexual situations, improved sexual understanding, and so much more besides. As you can see, this coaching focuses on understanding and dealing with stress in intimate relating and sexual aspects of your life where this focus is your major stress reduction and self-development requirement.

Whatever stressful areas of your life we may be working on together, please also be reassured that I'm very comfortable working with people from all lifestyles, sexualities and orientations, whether traditional monogamous, LGBT, non-monogamous / polyamorous, whatever. I am friendly to, supportive of, and welcoming and knowledgeable about all gender combinations, sexualities and lifestyles involving adult, mutually consensual, informed sexuality and relating.

My approach with clients

My approach with clients is always ethical, calming, warm, empathic, caring, highly supportive and motivational, and completely confidential. And I have a (pleasant) sense of humour! Whether coaching you, or guiding you in Strala Yoga, I consider that the quality of our professional relationship together is always the most important determinant of success. I always approach my stress management coaching and my Strala Yoga mind-body wellness sessions, from a strong interest in helping you to develop more effective control of enjoying your life journey.

You can read in greater detail about what I offer, and how we can work together in coaching, by clicking here.

Keeping up-to-date
and sharing with others

In my coaching, and in my use of Strala, I keep myself well updated on research coming from practitioners and researchers in psychology, neuropsychology, sexuality and relationship studies, exercise and health sciences, and broader areas of the social sciences in general. And, in the spirit of sharing, I have written many articles for the internet on educational, coaching, sexuality, relationship, stress and anxiety areas, and have published occasional printed articles and research internationally, including in The Guardian Weekly and Sexual and Relationship Therapy.

Finding out more about my coaching,
the dangers of stress, and my background

To read in more detail about my stress management coaching, please follow this link. If you'd like to find out more about the dangers of stress, then this link will take you to my section focusing on stress and its effects on mind and body. Finally, to find out more about me, my general background, and professional qualifications, please click here.