Born into a stressful, financially struggling, anxiety-inducing and conflict-ridden working-class family in the industrially declined 1950s northwest England, I am certainly no stranger to those emotions and feelings, nor to the serious mind and body impacts which they create. Fascinated by the power of consistent self-development; by places, landscapes and environment; and by human behavioural, social and sexual diversity, I became an off-the-beaten-path world traveller at age 19, a geography/environment teacher at age 24, and an integrative counsellor/therapist and coach at age 49. I strongly identify as European, with a global perspective. Currently residing in the scenic Scottish Highlands, I also spent many years living and teaching in California, residing mostly by the beautiful urban beaches of El Segundo, Los Angeles County.
My counselling and coaching-relevant professional qualifications include an MA in integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, completed in the School of Psychology, UEL; and a Bachelor of Education (Hons) in Geography, including environmental threats and their human impact, from Keele University.
Since 2000 I've offered psychologically-informed integrative coaching, counselling and therapy, to help adult individuals and sexual relationship couples manage stressful, anxiety-inducing and conflict-ridden aspects of their life. More recently, underpinned by my extensive environmental knowledge, studies and background, my focus has inevitably turned to helping clients become better prepared to manage the multiple, ever-increasing, stress and anxiety-inducing threats to mental health and overall wellbeing associated with ever-accelerating rapid global change.
Between 1975-1999 I specialised in teaching geography in England and California with pupils/students who were often stressful, anxious, conflict-ridden, emotionally vulnerable and educationally-disadvantaged. In international recognition of my work in this context, for 1982-1983 I received a prestigious US-UK Fulbright Award, taking me from England to teach on exchange at Hamilton Union High School, Hamilton City, where I met my life-partner Lynne-Marie, then vice-principal.
I occasionally write professional articles for publication, in such as The Guardian and Sexual and Relationship Therapy. My research on sexual censorship in US arts and media is included in the Smithsonian Libraries, Washington DC; and Osgoode Hall Law School Library, York University, Toronto.
An organic wholefood vegan, focused on mind-body wellbeing, daily I practise Strala Yoga-inspired mind-body exercise; and, three times weekly fast-paced music-driven non-linear movement cardio exercise sessions. I love urban coastal residency; music listening; photography; walking, exploring foreign cities; and foreign road-trips (to date including Europe, USA-Canada, New Zealand, and Singapore-Malaysia). I'm a staunch advocate of human rights, including gender, abortion, sexual, and non-discrimination rights; and of effective climate crisis and environmental management action and policies.