Keith Nathaniel Partington Stress Management & Relationship Coach

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Hello, I'm Keith,
and I'm pleased to offer you two coaching options...

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Stress Management Coaching
for stress reduction across all aspects of your life

Based here in Weston-super-Mare, UK, I provide stress management and psychological / emotional self-care coaching across absolutely any or all aspects of your life. This includes, as appropriate, a targeted stress management and self-care approach focused on stressful areas of your family life, your work, your education / university life, your social media interactions, your friendships, and any other aspect(s) of your life where you would like to lower your stress levels. Where you wish, we can also target stress management in any aspects of your sexuality or loving intimate relationships that are creating worry and concern for you, and where further relationship development or sexual understanding may be helpful. In this case, you may also find it helpful to read my Relationship Coaching intro below. For more detailed stress management coaching information, please see my page, Stress Management Coaching for you.

Relationship Coaching
for personal development across all aspects of your intimate
relating and sexuality, inclusive of all sexual orientations
and partnership / lifestyle preferences

I am happy to offer relationship and sexuality coaching that enables you to develop areas of communication, intimacy, self-expression, greater sexual knowledge and many other relational dynamics that you might wish to improve in your intimate relating and your sexuality. I am pleased to coach individuals, couples, or small polyamorous / non-monogamous relationship groups. As part of my work on sex and relating, I greatly enjoy answering your questions on aspects of relating that worry you or cause you anxiety. It's also an important part of my role to work with you in finding solutions that enable you to create positive change where areas of your sexual and relating life are causing you to feel trapped in stress, anxiety, guilt, worry, self-doubt, shame or other negativity. For more relationship and sexuality coaching details, please see my page on Relationship Coaching for you.

So, 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 / sexuality issues and self-development.

As a coach, I come from a varied international background as a helping-professional. This has included as an MA-qualified 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 professional degrees include various combinations of undergraduate and postgraduate training in areas of integrative counselling & psychotherapy, education (with a strong component of psychology), and many other contributory social science areas. 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 / or coach you towards achieving the important self-development that you desire in your intimate, loving relationship(s) and sexual understanding.

Whatever areas of your life we may be working on together to achieve further stress management or relationship / sexuality self-development, 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. I am also completely accepting -- and pleased to work with -- anyone identifying as asexual, and I consider this to be just one more completely natural expression of the wide range of human life experience.

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Introduction to my Stress Management and Relationship Coaching
and how they frequently overlap

As the medical world, psychologists, and stress and relationship coaching professionals (such as myself) trained in areas of counselling, education, psychology and other relevant social sciences now readily acknowledge, consistently high stress levels in any areas of your life can be insidious. Similarly, unfulfilling and frustrating sexual relationships can also dull your whole life and result in depression, anxiety, poor self-image, and resultant conflict and intolerable levels of stress. Other serious levels of stress could be due to pressure at work, fears / anxieties and insecurities, challenging family circumstances, psychological or physical health issues of oneself or others. And, we can easily add to these, 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. If frustration and dissatisfaction in your sexual relating is associated with your high stress, then seeking coaching help to develop your sexuality and / or loving, intimate relationship(s) to where you would prefer them to be can translate into a huge move forward in your life, and is an amazing stress reducer.

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 on our relating and sexuality. 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 and coaching 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 from my Weston-super-Mare base that is uniquely focused on stress management and / or sexual relationship 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, in terms of stress, 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. Additionally, over the years I have personally lived both monogamous and ethically non-monogamous relating lifestyles, and am delighted to add this life experience as a crucial backdrop to my professional knowledge-base in human sexuality and relating for the benefit of my clients.

As you can see, I'm thoroughly grounded when it comes to understanding and managing stress, intimate relating and human sexuality. It would be my great pleasure to work with you and help you self-develop to where you desire to be in any of these areas of your life.

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! I consider that the quality of our professional relationship together is always the most important determinant of success. I always approach my coaching from a strong interest in helping you to develop more effective control of enjoying your life journey.

Keeping up-to-date
and sharing with others

In my coaching I keep myself well updated on research coming from practitioners and researchers in psychology, neuropsychology, sexuality and relationship studies, and broader areas of the social sciences and the health sciences. 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 peer-reviewed 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

Please click on these page links to find out more about my Stress Management Coaching for you, or Relationship Coaching for you. If you'd like to find out more about the dangers of stress, then this link will take you to my short article focusing on the emotional and physical dangers of stress. Finally, to find out more about me, my general background, and professional qualifications, please click here.

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