My coaching-relevant professional degrees:
MA Counselling and Psychotherapy
including BACP-accredited integrative counsellor/therapist training
School of Psychology, University of East London
Bachelor of Education (Hons) Geography
including Qualified Teacher Status
Synopsis Born into a post-WW2 north west England working-class background, I am a professional stress and anxiety management coach; a former integrative coach and counsellor/psychotherapist; a former US-UK Fulbright Award-winning international educator; and an off-the-beaten-path world traveller since age 19. I strongly identify as European, and also resided for many years in California. I'm nonconformist, autodidactic, self-motivated, proactive, and positivistic. I’m passionate and knowledgeable about psychologically-informed stress and anxiety management and wellbeing in all aspects of life, including in sexual relating, and particularly regarding climate threats, environmental and pandemic crises.
Personal Wellbeing For my wellbeing I’m an organic wholefood vegan, with a calming psychologically-informed mind-body focus on self-awareness, controlled deep breathing, mindfulness, emotional positivity, and positive self-talk. Daily, I incorporate the above into a gentle yoga/tai chi fusion flow, comprised of mind-body connected, breath-fuelled non-linear movement. I also complete three intensive workouts weekly of music-driven linear and non-linear movement. I love residing in - and exploring - coastal/riverside/estuary locations; listening to music; photography; daily walks and driving EVs.
Personal and Professional Advocacy A staunch advocate of action on climate crisis and environmental degradation, I also strongly support human rights. This includes racial, ethnic and gender equality; recognition of all mutually consensual and informed sexual relating lifestyles; self-assigned gender rights; abortion on demand; and social/climate justice.
International Recognition Prior to becoming a coach, counsellor and psychotherapist for adults, between 1975-1999 I focused predominantly on teaching stressful, anxious, often vulnerable, educationally and socially disadvantaged children and young people in secondary and special education. In 1982, in international recognition of my teaching and leadership in Essex, England, I received a prestigious Fulbright Award. This took me from England to teach on exchange during 1982-83 at Hamilton Union High School, Hamilton City, California (where I met my life-partner Lynne-Marie, then Vice-Principal at Hamilton).
As an educator, counsellor, psychotherapist and coach, I’ve had occasional articles published internationally in such as The Guardian and Sexual and Relationship Therapy. My research on sexuality and law is included in the collections of the Smithsonian Libraries, Washington DC; and the Osgoode Hall Law School Library, York University, Toronto.