Are you Stressed and Anxious? If so, I offer psychologically-informed Relaxation Sessions, or more in-depth Coaching to help you reduce stress and anxiety, fears, low self-esteem, insecurity, low resilience, and self-doubt in your personal and social life, career, sex and relating, and also stress/anxiety related to climate change or other global crises.
Stress and Anxiety Management Coach
Based in Westhill
I Offer You
Individual Short Relaxation and Stress Reduction Sessions
- simply book a relaxing session when you are going through a stressful time,
or, if you wish, reserve a regular time-slot each week
In-Depth Focused Coaching for Stress and Anxiety Management / Reduction
- to help you bring stress and anxiety more seriously under your understanding
and control in all applicable areas of your life
Welcome to my website. Specialising in stress reduction sessions and longer-term stress and anxiety management coaching, both for improved mind-body wellbeing, I hold an MA Counselling and Psychotherapy degree, including BACP-accredited professional counsellor and psychotherapist training, and a BEd (Hons) degree specialising in environmental education. Please click here for my biography.
Are you stressed and anxious? Do you feel insecure, self-doubting or unfulfilled in your personal and social life; lacking in self-esteem, resilience and achievement in your work or profession; or insecure, unhappy and/or anxious in your sex and relating? Are you worried about the present, and/or the future? Are you fearful, dissatisfied or uneasy about the course that your life is taking and/or events in the world around you? Well, if "yes" is your answer to any of these, that’s not surprising. It’s not weakness. And, no it’s absolutely not your fault.
So, let’s look more closely at this stress and anxiety issue in our lives. We live in times of very rapid global change – way too rapid for many of us. This includes merciless mental, physical and financial hardship that can descend on us unannounced, widespread unemployment, social change and breakdown, economic precariousness, immigration and residency uncertainty, cruel homelessness, political populism, interpersonal and social conflict, war, and global health hazards; each of these often related to climate crisis and/or other associated environmental issues. How do you cope mentally and physically with all of this, and stay on top of your health and wellbeing, your work and relationship(s), and the multitude of other obligations which make up your life?
Well, I can help you to deal effectively with these aspects of your life. I worked between 2000-2021, variously, as a private practice integrative counsellor, psychotherapist and coach in SE England and SW England, with adult individuals and relationship couples - counselling and coaching them in managing and resolving stressful and anxious life-problems, career issues, and sexual issues. Additionally, I’ve also had very considerable success in managing my own stress and anxiety over the years. Since 2021 I'm now retired from counselling/therapy to focus on further developing my stress management coaching and stress education, currently based in Inverness, Scotland. Should you wish to work with me, I'm here to help you learn about your stress and anxiety, and - most importantly - how to reduce and manage the stress and anxiety in your life, using a psychologically-informed, relatively informal coaching approach, rather than a traditional - more formal and potentially stressful - counselling approach.
Using professional skills developed from my twenty-plus years of coaching and counselling/therapy practice, now working from my Inverness base, I offer my supportive, motivational coaching services for any aspects of your life where stress, anxiety and related stressful and anxious life-problems are threatening your happiness, calmness, self-achievement, and mental and physical wellbeing.
And yes, I've got a very, very long history of working successfully as a nurturing helping-professional with stressed, anxious and conflict-ridden people. Prior to my coaching and counselling work, between 1975-1999 I was an internationally-recognised US-UK Fulbright Award-winning educator, working in challenging conflict-ridden secondary/special needs contexts with often stressful, anxious and vulnerable socially-disadvantaged children and young people in England and California. This was, in fact, the beginning of my professional interest and understanding regarding stress and anxiety in terms of the destructive impact that these have on human behaviour, performance and wellbeing.
...is to help you learn how to reduce - through better self-understanding and self-management - your levels of stress, anxiety and/or conflict. We achieve this by working together - using a non-counselling approach from my Inverness base - to understand and overcome your negative thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and behaviours, and replacing these with positivity. Concurrently, we will work on identifying, understanding, and gaining control over your stress and anxiety triggers, fears, self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurities and/or conflicts which actually cause you to be stressed and anxious. Our initial aim will always be to create for you greater self-fulfilment and calm, and less insecurity, worry or fear. You will also reduce your risk of developing the extremely severe, sometimes life-changing or life-threatening, emotional, mental health and physical health issues which are frequently associated with deep stress, anxiety, conflict and unhappiness.
In our coaching, whether here in Inverness, or remotely by phone or internet, we will use gentle evidence-based humanistic, holistic and cognitive behavioural approaches to help you gradually modify your negatively-focused, mentally and physically self-destructive emotions, feelings, thoughts, perceptions and behaviours. This is a gentle, often subtle process, which comes into effect over time. From this you can evolve towards healthier, more rewarding, positive ways of living, playing, working, loving, enjoying sex, and relating.
What can you expect from me?
Whether we're coaching (without counselling) together in-person in Inverness, or by phone or internet, you can expect the same key features to be part of our work together. Professional coaching and counselling research, and my twenty-plus years of coaching and counselling experience, all show conclusively that the quality of our professional relationship is of the utmost importance in achieving a successful client-desired outcome to our work together. From my naturally warm, informal, communicative and calming personality and voice, to my methods of working with you, you’ll find that my coaching approach with you is always caring, non-judgemental, candid, professional, highly respectful, confidential, motivational, supportive, and positive. From my extensive educational, counselling, psychotherapy and coaching background I've evolved sensitive, empathic and ethical approaches to our work together.
Since we humans generally differ quite significantly from each other in our coaching needs or requirements, no single approach or methodology will work with everyone, hence my training in integrative modalities. Integrative approaches are always tailored to the specific individual(s) concerned; the exact same approach is never duplicated with another client. My integrative coaching with you, from within my Inverness base or by remote means, will be customised for you and your specific needs and requirements, utilising effective holistic, humanistic and cognitive behavioural coaching methodologies in an integrative framework.
anxiety and conflict?
I have a deep and extensive understanding of the causes, effects, and management of stress, anxiety and conflict. This has evolved over many decades, firstly as an international educator, then, in much greater depth and understanding, as an integrative counsellor and coach.
In addition to my professional MA Counselling and Psychotherapy training, and many thousands of hours as a coach and counsellor spent helping clients reduce their stress and anxiety by finding workable strategies or solutions to their underlying problems, I have also spent many years experiencing my personal stress and anxiety. This has involved me in learning how to understand - and better manage - stress and anxieties in order to improve my own wellbeing. Through my coaching role here in Inverness I’m able, and very willing, to share with you all that I'm learning about stress and anxiety on this life journey, both as an individual and in my capacities as a professional stress and anxiety coach.
By this point, you may now wish to find out more about stress, anxiety and their mental health and physical health implications, and also about my stress and anxiety management option in sexual relating areas. Please see:
* The mind and body dangers of stress and anxiety;
* Stress, anxiety, conflict and self-development in sexuality and relating.
To find out more about my life, background, professional philosophy and coaching-relevant qualifications, please see my biography.
stress and anxiety management coaching based in Inverness
Initially please contact me by website email or by phone, we can then arrange to talk for as long as it takes about your current coaching needs and requirements, informally, confidentially, and with no obligation.