Are you stressed & anxious about your career, education, personal and social life, sexual relating, climate change or pandemics? If so, I offer you psychologically-informed humanistic, cognitive behavioural and holistic coaching to help you reduce your stress and anxiety, and your underlying fears, worries, low self-esteem, low resilience, self-doubt and insecurities.
Stress and Anxiety Management Coach
Helping you to manage, and reduce, your stress and anxiety
Welcome, and thank you for visiting
my Stress and Anxiety website
I enjoy working with you face-to-face wherever possible. And I’m also
pleased to provide phone, internet-based, or email sessions, where feasible
Arriving in the Black Isle, Inverness and Great Glen areas during early 2022
- Anxiety -
That fearful, dreaded space of the unknown in our darkest thoughts,
that lies between where we currently are and where we feel
we ought, or need, to be.
I am an experienced psychologically-informed stress and anxiety management coach, with wide-ranging helping-professional experience, including twenty-one years as a former integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. My professional background includes an MA Counselling and Psychotherapy, and a Bachelor of Education (Hons) degree. These professional degrees cover many relevant professional fields within the areas of coaching, counselling, psychotherapy, education, psychology, geoscience/climate change and medical geography (pandemics), which all contribute to my effective current-day coaching with you.
My coaching goal is to help you take control of, and reduce, your stress and anxiety levels in all areas of your personal and social life, your work, career, education, sexuality and relationship(s). This includes stress and anxiety arising out of climate change or health pandemic fears and worries. To achieve this I combine a wide range of holistic mind-body based approaches with mainstream humanistic psychology-based and cognitive behavioural coaching-based approaches.
Through my personal experiences of insecurity, stress and anxiety as a child and adult, and through my professional background since 1975 as an educator, former integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, and as a professional coach, I have a deep understanding of the causes, effects, and management of stressful and anxious issues and problems. In addition to all of my professional counselling and psychotherapy training and many thousands of client-hours as a coach and counsellor, I have also spent more than thirty years experiencing my own stress and anxiety. This has involved me in learning how to understand - and better manage - stress and anxieties for my own wellbeing, and also to share with others all that I'm learning on this life journey, both as a qualified professional coach and counsellor and as a private individual.
and relationships do I bring to my coaching with you?
I have over twenty years experience working with stress and anxiety as a former integrative coach and counsellor/psychotherapist, helping adult individuals and relationship couples to manage or resolve their stress and anxiety, and associated problems and issues, across their lives. Prior to becoming a stress and anxiety management coach, sexuality and relationship coach, and former integrative counsellor/psychotherapist, between 1975-1999 I was a US-UK Fulbright award-winning educator in English and Californian secondary and special education. I specialised in working with stressful, anxious children and young people who mostly experienced significant levels of socio-economic deprivation and educational disadvantage.
In 2021, after twenty-one years of private practice as an integrative stress, anxiety, sexuality and relationship-focused coach and counsellor, I chose to close my counselling practice, and re-focus my energies solely into my coaching without counselling. This is in order to offer you an effective, modern and more relaxed, coaching without counselling approach to these problem areas of intensive stress and anxiety in all aspects of your adult life.
In whatever areas of stress and anxiety management that we tackle together, I work with you patiently, supportively and caringly to help you understand - and tackle more effectively - the root causes of your stress, fear and anxieties. This is a non-counselling, relaxed and informal approach, focused specifically on helping you to identify and manage or resolve the underlying causes of your stress and anxiety. These include worries, fears, frustrations, problems, low self-esteem, low resilience, self-doubt, insecurity, work/career/educational concerns, personal dissatisfactions, relationship problems, and sexuality worries or fears. Concurrently, I will also be focused on helping you improve your overall self-care, increasing your positive emotionality, and improving your self-image/self-perception, resilience and wellbeing.
Whatever your wellbeing concerns, social, personal, career, or sexual relating self-care needs or self-development goals may be, my first aim is always very clear. This is to create for you a calm, safe space within which I can coach you in managing the causes of your stress and anxiety supportively, compassionately, motivationally, and ethically. You will find me warm, empathic, an attentive listener, understanding, non-judgmental, genuine in my desire to help you, and having a deep regard at all times for your wellbeing, self-development and self-fulfilment.
Having completed my integrative counselling and psychotherapy training with a strong preference for evidence-based humanistic and cognitive behavioural modalities, my professional coaching is based on the coaching versions of these two areas. This often includes aspects of holistic mind-body practice, with mindfulness training and other strategies such as controlled deep breathing exercises, visualisation exercises, etc. This is all aimed at you developing more positivity in interpreting your emotions, feelings and experiences, thereby helping you to activate your mind-body relaxation response, known in psychology and in mind-body studies as activating the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). This latter occurs when, through our work together, you find yourself (as you will) beginning to change your stressful, fearful and anxious perceptions, feelings, thoughts and behaviours into something less worrying and more emotionally positive in your daily personal, social, career/work, and sexual relating contexts. Helping you to develop new ways of perceiving, thinking, feeling and behaving positively, and developing new positivity-oriented behavioural skill-sets, is all an important part in this strictly non-counselling process.
My flexible coaching approach allows me to very easily customise my work with you for the most effective outcome to suit your very individualistic requirements and circumstances. Unlike counselling and psychotherapy, however, integrative coaching is a much more relaxed, informal and motivational process, concerned with where you are now and where you wish to be, without spending weeks going through your history or treating you like a patient who has something wrong with them! All of this is largely why my practice doesn't offer counselling in the Inverness region, only coaching.
Sometimes, of course, where serious emotional, psychological and behavioural issues are deep-rooted they do require a deeper exploration – and, in this case a counselling or psychotherapy approach, or even deeper clinical approaches, are most appropriate. With my background as a former counsellor/psychotherapist I will generally recognise where a client has deeper issues which need exploring in counselling or psychotherapy. In this case I will explain my findings to you carefully, and help you to find a suitable psychological/counselling practitioner, or recommend you contact your GP, for the appropriate help.
I coach adult individuals, couples or small groups, utilising informal, relaxed, psychologically-informed coaching without counselling approaches and strategies, from my comfortable home-based Inverness area consulting room. This offers complete confidentiality, free on-site private parking and private cloakroom/toilet facilities. In addition to my office-based coaching, I can coach you regularly and effectively by internet or phone if we're in health-based protective lockdown, or you're stranded in local weather-bound areas, or if you are resident in distant regions of the UK, continental Europe or Asia.
free and informal chat about what my coaching may offer you
By this point, your interest may now be in finding out more about the psychologically-informed coaching (without counselling) approaches that I offer to help reduce stress and anxiety, working either from my Inverness area consulting room, or remotely by internet or phone. If so, then please follow this link for Stress and anxiety management and self-care coaching, or this one for Stress, anxiety, self-care and self-development in sexuality and relating.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me: Please contact me initially through my website email and we can then arrange a mutually convenient phone call (no fee charged). In this way we can talk for as long as it takes about your current needs and requirements, informally, confidentially, and with no obligation whatsoever. And, of course, I’ll be very pleased to respond promptly to your initial email enquiry to get this all rolling. To find out more about me, my life, background and professional qualifications, please look here.