I offer Coaching & Counselling for stressful and anxious issues in your personal life, in your sexuality and relationship(s), and in your work or career. I also specialise in anxiety and stress problems caused by climate change or virus pandemics. My focus is always on helping you with your fears, worries, low self-esteem, low resilience, self-doubt and insecurities.
Thanks for visiting my Integrative Coaching & Counselling website,
I extend a very warm welcome to you
I enjoy coaching and counselling face-to-face wherever possible. However, I am happy
to offer you phone, internet-based, or email sessions, where this is feasible
Arriving in the Black Isle, Inverness and Great Glen areas sometime during 2021
As an experienced integrative psychological coach and counsellor I will work with you to help you manage, or resolve, the root causes of your stress, anxieties and stressful issues, and concurrently, to help your self-development, self-care and wellbeing. My focus is on helping you to identify and alleviate your underlying worries, fears, frustrations, problems, low self-esteem, low resilience, self-doubt, insecurity, work / career / educational concerns, and personal, relationship and sexuality or asexuality issues, which are causing you stress and anxiety. This includes my special interest in stress and anxiety issues stemming from climate change emergencies and health / virus pandemics.
I work solely in private practice with adult individuals, couples or small groups, specialising in stress and anxiety management coaching; relationship coaching; and as an integrative counsellor helping my clients manage, or resolve, stressful and anxiety-creating issues in all aspects of their personal life, work, sexuality and relationships. I also coach and counsel regularly and successfully by internet and phone with clients stranded in local weather-bound areas, or living in distant regions of the UK, continental Europe or Asia.
Prior to becoming an integrative coach and counsellor, between 1975-1999, I was a US-UK Fulbright Award-winning educator in English and Californian secondary and special education, working with stressful, anxious children and young people mostly experiencing significant levels of socio-economic deprivation and educational disadvantage. My extensive helping-professional background since 1975 as an educator, coach and counsellor, has given me a deep understanding of the causes, effects, and the effective management of stressful and anxious issues and problems in all areas of human life.
You will find me to be a very experienced psychologically-based stress management coach, relationship coach and integrative counsellor, based very conveniently for most of the Black Isle, Inverness and Great Glen areas. My coaching and counselling utilise well-proven holistic / humanistic approaches, strongly influenced by highly effective cognitive behavioural strategies, so that I can customise my work with you for the most effective outcome to suit your very individualistic requirements and circumstances.
Whatever your problems, concerns, issues, self-care needs or self-development goals may be, my aim is always, first of all, to create for you a calm, safe space within which I work with you 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 for your overall wellbeing, self-development and self-fulfilment.
At this point, to find out more about what I can offer you as a counsellor, and about my specific counselling services, then please continue reading below. Alternatively, if your interest is in coaching then please follow this link for stress management and self-care coaching, or this one for coaching for self-care and self-development in your sexuality and relationships.
As a coaching and counselling professional I am experienced and happy to provide integrative counselling in each of, or any combination of, the following areas (with coaching included where helpful):
in the following areas
*Stress, anxious thoughts and fear management: Including strategies to cope with your stress, anxious thoughts, and fears, in any areas of your life.
*Anxiety: Understanding and managing your anxiety.
*Virus pandemics: Coping with the presence, and the after-effects, of viral and other health epidemic / pandemic related stress, anxiety, and fears.
*Coping with viral pandemic social distancing / isolation and its emotional, psychological and behavioural after-effects.
*Climate Change associated stress, anxiety, and fears.
*Low Self-Esteem: Understanding and managing your low self-esteem, and how to resolve this problem.
*Insecurity: Understanding and managing insecurity in your daily life.
*Anger Management: Including assertion training and learning to take, or regain, control over potentially stressful and anxious thoughts and fear-generating situations in your life.
*Living in another culture or country: Migration / international relocation and adapting to life, relationships, sexuality, work or study in a new country.
*Mindfulness training (a wide range of possibilities) and controlled deep breathing techniques as a way to create inner focus and calm instead of stress and anxiety.
in the following areas
*Viral and other health epidemic / pandemic related stress effects on your sex and relationships, including coping with social distancing / isolation and its after-effects.
*Understanding and self-validating your sexuality and relationship needs, as an individual or as a couple.
*Managing stress between sexual or asexual relationship partners.
*Negotiating your relationship boundaries or sexual boundaries.
*Maintaining relationship or sexual boundaries against coercion.
*Surviving sexual abuse that happened in your childhood, or in your adult life.
*Counselling for personal self-care in sex and sexual situations.
*Dealing with emotional conflict in relating and sex.
*Developing or re-discovering your physical / sexual intimacy.
*Developing or re-discovering emotional intimacy in sex and relating.
*Improving / developing communication skills.
*Establishing common relationship goals – what is your relationship about?
*Overcoming shyness, anxiety, fear and insecurity in sexual and intimate emotional situations.
*Negotiating change (of any kind) within your relationship.
*Learning to relate and understand and support each other’s emotional and sexual needs.
*Learning how to develop sexual skills together.
*Negotiating changes in relationship structure (e.g. changing from monogamy to non-monogamy, one or more partners exploring a same-gender interest outside of the opposite-gender couple).
*Maintaining sexual pleasure and emotional intimacy as you get older.
*Evolving away from emotional and behavioural rigidity in your relating and sexuality.
*All issues, problems or concerns within non-traditional and alternative sexuality, including all forms of non-monogamous relating, demisexuality, pansexuality and asexuality.
*Getting unstuck from relationship worries, fears, and insecurities.
*Developing your communication and partnering skills further in your sexual relating (working with either an individual, couple or small group).
And, of course, I am also always pleased to answer difficult, embarrassing questions about sexuality and relating, concerning absolutely any kind of mutually-informed consensual sexual context. Please believe me, nothing shocks me, embarrasses me, or causes me to judge you in any way whatsoever (I recommend you also take a look at my coaching for self-care and self-development in sexuality and relationships page).
As a coach and counsellor, I’m here to work patiently, calmly, supportively and motivationally with you, helping you to explore, understand, and manage or resolve your life problems. Concurrently I will also be working with you (using my stress and anxiety management expertise) to help you reduce the stress and anxiety that these problems, issues or concerns have created for you, thereby helping you further improve your mental and physical wellbeing.
As you might expect, as a coach and counsellor I have completed appropriate master’s degree training in counselling and psychotherapy. For more details about my university professional training relevant to my coaching and counselling, please click here; and for my life history synopsis to-date, see About Keith.
Who do I work with?
Since 2000, my integrative coaching and counselling practice has always been very international, cosmopolitan, and widely welcoming to fellow humans from all socio-economic, ethnic, linguistic and national backgrounds. I have worked face-to-face with adult individuals and couples of all ages, from dozens of countries, and by phone and internet with persons from as far away as Vietnam.
Whatever areas of your life and self-care we may be focused on together, whether face-to-face within my Inverness based office, or by some other medium, please be reassured that as a coach and counsellor I'm very comfortable working with adults from all sexual lifestyles, sexualities and orientations. This includes traditional monogamous, LGBT, ethically non-monogamous / polyamorous, polysexual, demisexual or asexual, whatever. In fact, as a coach, counsellor, and private individual, I am completely friendly and welcoming to, supportive of, and knowledgeable about all gender combinations, sexualities and lifestyles involving adult, mutually consensual, informed sexuality and relating. All are very natural and normal examples of the wide range of human life experience.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me: If you would like to chat with me about any aspect of my work, your personal coaching and counselling needs, or anything else related to my professional work, then please contact me. Details for contact by email or phone are displayed on each website page. I’ll be very pleased to respond promptly to your enquiry.