About Me .... In a Nutshell. This will take two minutes to read......
National Health Service
I worked in the National Health Service as a Nurse, Therapist and Leader from 1992 until taking early retirement in 2017 to concentrate on private practice, a total of 25 years.
Following initial Mental Health training I developed my psychological therapy skills and gained a MSc in Counselling Psychology from the University of Keele.
I successfully led a psychological therapy team, where I developed my coaching style of leadership and refined my counselling skills further. This also included working with cognitive (CBT ) styles as well as Brief Therapies. This commitment to personal development continues to this day.
In my later NHS years, I worked on and led several quality improvement projects with other clinical teams and became a Certified Leader in LEAN methodologies.
I retain my memberships of The Royal College of Nursing and The British Association on Counselling and Psychotherapy, (BACP) whose Ethical Framework I work within.
I would describe my counselling and coaching style as Person Centred, Integrative and Values Based.
British Reserve Armed Forces
Parallel to my NHS career, I was for many years a Reservist in the British Armed Forces,
graduating from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2000.
The most relevant aspects of this side of my career are perhaps deployments to Iraq in 2003 and Afghanistan in 2009. During these deployments I was involved in clinical support of miltary service personnel and contractors, specifically regarding psychological and mental health issues.
When not on active service, my military roles have included numerous leadership and training functions, including in a senior role seconded to a Logistics Regiment, up until then the first 'medic' to hold such a position.
I left the British Army Reseve in 2011 with the substantive rank of Major.
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