Neil stated, I started my counselling training in my early forties while looking for a change of career.I had spent my working life to that point as an engineer writing machine-based programs to produce flight critical parts for commercial and military aircraft. Perhaps this is why I lean towards a more cognitive approach with coping strategies and hypnotherapy, seeing a plan and moving towards the desired outcome.
While I enjoyed this work I didn't find myself fulfilled. I knew that I wanted a more 'people-oriented' role but didn't know what that was. To explore this I spent over 2 years with the British Red Cross working as a first aider at public events. Following this, I spent another year as a member of the first British Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service in Dorset. This service delivered 'at scene' support for both victims and service operatives at crises incidents to provide temporary shelter, food and drink, and clothing. Through this voluntary work, I discovered a love for supporting people and being of service in times of need. I wanted to help the more vulnerable people in our society to feel less vulnerable.
I enrolled in an introduction to counselling course to develop my interpersonal and relating skills. Counselling was something that I hadn't experienced before so I had no expectations to meet. I had found something in counselling that just felt so right for me. Something that suited my natural way of being there for others so I decided to focus solely on my counselling training.
I have extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of counselling. I am specialised in Anxiety, Anger Management, Gambling Addition, Phobia’s, Pain Management, Stress Management & Sexual Trauma & Abuse.