I was born in the 1950s, into a lower working-class family in the war-damaged, industrially and economically impoverished north west of England. From this stressful, insecure and anxiety-creating background, and from later life experiences and personal development, I learned the value of proactivity, consistent effort, determination, and of developing self-understanding of one’s deepest emotions and feelings, and positivity in self-perception, self-acceptance, self-belief, thoughts and behaviours. All of this greatly improves emotional and psychological balance, and promotes self-development, goal achievement and self-fulfilment in life, sexuality and relationships.
Since my mid-twenties, I’ve completed 3 or 4 times weekly high-intensity cardio workouts, currently focused on music-based indoor cardio sessions and outdoor hilly runs, with occasional hilly bike rides. In my early thirties I began moving towards veganism, nowadays consuming only nutritious organic unprocessed plant-based food. By my fifties, I realised the very significant wellbeing benefits of incorporating controlled deep breathing and mindfulness practices into my daily life. And, since my late fifties, I’ve added to all of the above a foundation of daily breath-fuelled non-linear yoga and tai chi-based movement, stretching and balancing, inspired particularly by Strala yoga.
I love reinventing myself as necessary, and I'm a very autodidactic, individualistic and nonconformist person across all areas of life. I am active in supporting human rights; effective political and social action to alleviate climate crisis and environmental degradation and threats; sexual rights and full recognition of all informed consensual sexualities and relationship preferences, including self-assigned genders; unrestricted right to abortion; and ending of all discriminatory practices. I also actively support those who choose to explore alternative forms of sexual relating, of whatever gender or sexual orientation combination, including ethically non-monogamous sex and relating of various lifestyle types.
I've always strongly identified as European in origin, and in addition to my long Europe-based experience as an educator in secondary and special education, an integrative coach and counsellor, and as a stress and anxiety management coach, I also resided for many years in California.
My Fulbright year
I first arrived in California in 1982, as the recipient of a prestigious UK and US government Fulbright Award, to teach on international exchange for one year at Hamilton Union High School, Hamilton City. My Fulbright award was in international recognition of my motivational teaching and leadership at the school in Essex, England, where I had worked for seven years, predominantly with stressful, anxious children and young people mostly experiencing significant levels of socio-economic deprivation and educational disadvantage.
It was in my Fulbright year that I also met my Pilates and sports yoga teaching life-partner, Lynne-Marie, then vice-principal at Hamilton, and formerly a PE and biology teacher, state lifeguard, sports coach, and water safety instructor. Later on, before re-settling together back in Europe, we spent many years in 1980s and 90s southern California, residing for eight of those within the exercise-lifestyle community of the beautiful LA urban beach areas.
they contribute to my coaching and counselling
MA Counselling and Psychotherapy, completed at the School of Psychology, University of East London. This is a professional integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy degree, including BACP-accredited training. My integration of predominantly humanistic and cognitive approaches from this training is at the core of all my coaching and counselling, and this background underpins all of my client work. It provides a solid professional understanding, in all client contexts, for me to work safely, ethically, sensitively and effectively, on client self-development involving stress, anxiety, sexuality, sexual relationships, and associated themes.
Bachelor of Education (Hons), principal subject Geography, completed at the University of Keele. A broadly-based professional qualified teacher's degree with strong relevance to my coaching. Particularly relevant from within my Education studies and training are areas of developmental psychology, psychology of teaching and learning, cognitive psychology, psychology of personality, and pedagogical skills. My Geography studies have equipped me with a science-based global understanding of natural and human-origin environmental hazards, including climate change and health pandemics. This includes not only their causes, but also their devastating emotional, psychological, socio-economic, health and physical impacts on individuals and society, and the adaptations which individuals and societies must make in order to decrease their vulnerability to the effects of these phenomena.
I’ve written many internet articles about stress, anxiety, cultural differences, sexuality and relationship areas, as well as producing occasional internationally published or publicly shared print articles or research where one or more of these areas comprise the core theme. These latter include writing on such diverse topics as, for example, the causes and dangers of American parochialism (Guardian Weekly International Edition); research on social and legal constraints on sexual expression in the US arts and media from 1821-1994 (adopted by the Osgoode Hall Law School Library, Toronto, and Smithsonian Libraries, Washington DC); and public health disinformation regarding HIV transmission in opposite gender sexuality (Sexual and Relationship Therapy).