My name is Stuart, and I come with a warning: I’m a very positive person.
Over the years, I have worked in a variety of roles, have lived abroad and love to learn. I have been an active charity fundraiser during my time and I have authored a book about my life as a deaf child, and the miracle of having my hearing 'restored'.
After a childhood of struggle due to my hearing loss, I later on experienced feelings of inadequacy stemming from the fact that I am gay. After being made redundant from a job early on in my career, I embarked on a period of self-discovery which, I believe, is a major contributor to how happy I am today.
I won’t lie – it took lots of work, but please do not be deterred. Self-exploration will help you to get closer to where you are destined to be. To be more precise, self-exploration will get you closer to WHO you are destined to be.
Over the years, I have seen how giving people enough time and space, and in a non-judgemental environment is the best way not only to learn about them, but for them also to discover who they truly are. It's only when we can be who we truly are that happiness prevails. I have seen it many times.
Whether you seek counselling, or whether you think coaching is more for you, it is my job to pick up on what is missing, to challenge you and to help you get to where you wish to be. If you are hesitant to reach out, be assured that counselling and coaching are both incredibly powerful approaches in an ever changing world. Ask yourself: what's stopping you?
I have a twenty-five year background in Corporations and I have seen, first hand, what demotivation and unhappiness can do to people. In the modern workplace, many of us struggle to find meaning and, for issues of my very own unrelated to work, I sought counselling.
In the beginning, it was tough. In my sessions, I was faced with discussing my reality: I didn’t ask to be deaf. I didn’t ask to be gay. I didn’t ask for the complex relationships I was navigating my way through. My therapist challenged me and reassured me:
it was okay to not be okay.
This period of time left me inspired - inspired to change not just my life, but to also help others so they can also do the same. I have experienced the power of both counselling and coaching first-hand.
After many years of study, I am a proud Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapists (BACP). I am also a Certified Coach and am recognised by the Association of Coaching in the United Kingdom.
With these skills, I can support individuals in their own personal development
in a wide range of contexts.
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