|I am an experienced health practitioner with over 25 years of public service. I have been a member of Her Majesty's Forces and had a good and fulfilling career, I later worked in Front Line Ambulance throughout the UK before working as an Industry Paramedic in Remote Environments around the world, whilst continually studying mental and physiological topics. My studies constantly evolve as part of registration requirements and this year I am proud to add the title of Autism Friendly Therapist on the last day of the 2018 Autism Awareness Week.
I have always had respect for Holistic / Alternative therapies and following the diagnosis of a debilitating illness that was primarily caused by work-related stress; I began studying to find the answer that the mainstream medical community could not give me. What I found was that there was no drug that could eliminate my symptoms. I say the symptoms because the diagnosed Disease was just that. A symptom... Stress and the lack of stress management were my Disease, and the debilitating symptoms that I was experiencing was a collection of problems resulting in a skin condition that prevented me from working. I had been prescribed a drug to limit and control the effect. This was very expensive and not a nice drug that I took every day for over seven years. I stopped taking the medication when I realised that my Work, Diet, and Lifestyle contributed to the Disease. The combined stressors all conspired against me, and the Drug had only masked the symptoms.
My illness came to an end when I opted for a healthy lifestyle where I gave equal attention to my mind and my body.
Now I work in various locations including a purpose-built Therapy Room, next to Cannock Chase Forest, an area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of England. I lecture workshops and deliver courses in Stress Management and Meditation Techniques and thoroughly love my life.
As a veteran that has battled through my own illnesses, I support all uniformed services and work alongside different organisations to help those within the community to achieve health. At present, I am the Chairman and founding member of a Veterans Angling Club utilising the outside activity to engage and stimulate a healthy and supportive community whilst being physically active. Another project includes working alongside of a Not for Profit organisation call Help A Squaddie, this is in a support and therapist role if and when the need arises.