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My Background and Story How I Got Here

Navigating life's journey to fulfil your potential

My Background and Story


The pathway trodden to becoming a qualified integrative counsellor and psychotherapist involved personal tragedy, my own experience of mental health, and trying to juggle a career within the highly pressurised role of investment banking with demands of my family.  This has created a unique insight into the numerous issues and the resulting negative impact they can have in one’s personal and professional life.

As a young child I suffered a traumatic event which provided first hand experience of the scars we can carry through our lives and the negative implications they carry.

Prior to qualifying as a psychotherapist I had worked for over 20 years as a front line trader in investment banking.  Within that role, I regularly hit high financial targets and often worked long unsociable hours, whilst trying to spend quality time with my family.  Eventually, like Icarus I flew too close to the sun and came crashing down to earth when all the issues I either ignored or wasn't conscious of overwhelmed me. 

I had an amazing wife, 3 beautiful children, a home that was more than I ever dreamed of and a successful career, yet I was miserable and became withdrawn.  My personal and professional life became negatively impacted. 

What felt like a mid-life crisis at the time, I now look back at and view as my "mid-life awakening”.

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Once I eventually realised I couldn't solve this on my own, I discovered both awareness and solutions through counselling and psychotherapy.  Having dealt with the presenting issues, I began to use my therapy in a more proactive way which helped me continue reaching my professional goals, and also enabled me to enjoy my family once again.

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The passion and meaning I discovered within my therapy fuelled me to embark on qualifying as a counsellor and psychotherapist.  Having left the world of financial markets I want to share this passion with you.


By drawing on all my personal and professional experiences I offer a confidential service full of empathy that helps resolve your difficulties from the first contact. 

Coming from a world of finance I understand investment and have often been asked "what's good to invest in?"

My answer is simple.  Invest time in yourself.  When you are ready to talk, I’m ready to listen.

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Looking forward to meeting you.

 

"Life can be understood backwards, as well as being lived forwards.  Finding the time and space for discovery is part of the journey."