...for stress management
Hello, I'm Keith, welcome to my stress management and mind-body wellness website. I understand stress, both professionally and personally, and I'm here to help you deal with your own personal stress -- either through stress management coaching, or through mind-body exercise in the form of Strala Yoga .
If you’re here to find out about my soon-to-be-commenced calming, gentle Strala Yoga-inspired stress management and mind-body wellness classes then please feel free to go directly to my Strala Yoga page from here. Otherwise, please continue on this page to read about my coaching.
As the medical world, psychological therapists, and psychologically trained coaching professionals such as myself now readily acknowledge, stress is insidious. Stress and worrying, about any areas of your life, including sex and relating, 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 manage it. Stress can, in fact, be sensibly managed by various kinds of psychologically-based coaching and / or by mind-body connection exercise, such as yoga and tai chi.
I have an extensive and in-depth background as an MA-qualified, UK-based, former counsellor and therapist (now retired), with a concurrent coaching background in stress management from 2000 and onwards to the present day. The coaching that I currently offer is all about using my combined professional coaching skills, my psychological training, my mind-body exercise and wellness training, and my own personal experience of stress, to help you in managing stress across all aspects of your life. This includes, where required, in areas of your sexual relating.
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 I specialised as a counsellor and therapist and, concurrent with my counselling, I also coached clients experiencing stress, as well as clients with sexual relating self development needs or goals. Prior to my counselling, between 1975-1999 I was a US-UK Fulbright Award-winning educator, working in England and California predominantly with socially disadvantaged, stressful, anxious and insecure children and young people experiencing significant emotional, social and educational problems.
Now retired completely from counselling and therapy I continue to offer coaching that is uniquely focused on stress management. 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.
across the whole breadth of your life
My postgraduate school of psychology training focused predominantly on integrative humanistic and cognitive behavioural approaches to emotional, behavioural and sexual / relationship problems, including for stress and anxieties. Integrated with this, of course, is my ever-continuing mind-body wellness personal learning, plus my daily practice of stress-reducing mind-body exercise, most particularly as a soon-to-be qualified Strala Yoga Guide. 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.
As a coach I will guide you in formulating, and then achieving, your stress management goals, quite literally in any area(s) of your life. This includes in your work / career, health, family, leaving home, friendships, education, stress from being at university, stresses of international relocation (voluntary or forced), social life and social media contexts, and also in all areas of your sexuality and relating (whether traditional or non-traditional). I will also work with you on managing any of your associated insecurities, low self-esteem and lack of self-confidence, as well as developing with you any desired life-skills.
to achieve goals of stress management in stressful
areas of sexual relating
If your stress and anxieties revolve around sexuality or relationship areas that you wish to make progress on, or worries that you wish to resolve, then, because of my background as a former integrative sexuality and relationship counsellor and coach I can coach you directly on these as an individual, couple or other combination. In other words, tackling the problem directly at its root as the means of alleviating or removing the source of your stress. This can involve coaching you in various areas, such as how to negotiate and maintain sexual and relationship boundaries, development of greater intimacy, increasing relationship partnering skills, and improved interpersonal communication, and more besides. I'm very comfortable working within traditional monogamous sexual relating contexts, but I also specialise in non-monogamous / polyamorous and alternative sexual contexts. I am friendly to, welcoming and knowledgeable with, and about, all gender combinations, sexualities and lifestyles involving adult, mutually consensual, informed sexuality and relating.
My approach with my 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 guiding 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.
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 general psychology, neuropsychology, sexuality and relationship studies, positive psychology, exercise and health sciences, and 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.
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.