Our consultants have combined experience of 40 years in finding confidential solutions for:
- Mental Health Issues
- Anxiety / Stress
- Family Problems
- Employment Problems
- Debt and Business Disputes
- End of Life and Bereavement Counselling
- Legal Advice on these real life issues
Until thirteen years ago, I was an international entrepreneur in the UK and USA. From humble beginnings I worked relentlessly, and my businesses grew to a point where I possessed all of the trappings of wealth that it is easy to imagine; a home with a gym and sauna, a stable of expensive motor cars, and the ability to educate my children privately.
The quantity of my alcohol consumption grew to beyond what I thought was a social pleasantry and turned into a daily coping mechanism, to alleviate work-related stress. It did not take too many years for my health to reach the point where the next stage would have been death. I was diagnosed with Wernicke-Korsakov syndrome, known colloquially as a ‘wet brain’. Simply put I had had enough, and couldn’t carry on.
I thank God that my family persuaded me to seek specialist medical and psychological attention in the USA to save me from certain death, and only in my mid-forties! In the last thirteen years I have not picked up an alcoholic drink of any sort. I work the AA 12 Step programme each and every day and my life is not only the healthier for it, but I am happier and richer in the quality of my life.
All of my family who suffered greatly to watch me slowly killing myself now lead normal lives themselves, free from the curse of my addictive behaviour that negatively impacted their lives. They are worry free now and to my grandchildren I am a loving and generous Grandad - just that. I can be that person because I can devote my time not only to them in a healthy and loving way, but also to my children, siblings, and my mother.
My passion for recovery is limitless. I have counselled, from the heart, countless fellow alcoholics and addicts and their suffering families over many years now, many of whom now enjoy their own sobriety. The depth of my own experience from a start-up entrepreneur to successful business man, in-patient under expert supervision, and, today, a clean living and grateful family man has given me not only the gift of a greater appreciation of the truly important things in life, but the expertise to help, because I have experienced first-hand what you may be going through right now.
This may include divorce, child access, business debt, legal driving issues, bereavement and depression. My life coaching emanates from my first-hand experience of these realistic life experiences. I am very happy to be working in partnership with Paul Kalaher because Paul’s values are identical to my own, namely to stay well and get well, one day at a time!
I became a solicitor in 1990 and a mediator in 2006. I remain on the roll of solicitors without any adverse finding by my governing body. I complement Shig's business and people skills with added business foresight and legal analysis in a calm, friendly but persuasive manner. My approach has proven to be highly effective; my practical, solution-based resolutions were often the chosen course of action, for clients in the mediation process contained within a contentious court setting.
Historically I thought hard work and an honest, energetic approach would be sufficient to keep me well and I enjoyed success in some high profile and law changing cases that now form part of a law student's reading. I acted for some blue chip clients and championed the corner of individuals who found themselves exhausted and financially desperate by a long legal battle with large, wealthy, bureaucratic and obstinate organisations.
In the latter years however, the stresses and strains of private practice eroded my fortitude and like many others I have met, I turned to alcohol to diminish the inevitable worries of carrying the prolonged legal and life changing problems of others. I arrested this line of descent when my own health came under the scrutiny of medical professionals. I have been lucky enough to retain a loving family, but many are not so lucky. My wife of thirty years and my two children have been amazingly supportive throughout but like Shig's family they must have been very worried at times. One friend, a stockbroker, was not so lucky and passed away a little time ago leaving a young son without a father.
These days my passion, like Shig's is to see people get well and stay well in all quarters. I can fully understand how any professional person, business executive, small business partner, sole trader or member of any work force team must feel under the stresses and strains of very demanding and pressured roles whatever they may be.
Both of our consultants have a commitment to improving well being, both for individuals and organisations, using their values and principles as the solid foundation.
We are based in the Midlands and are ideally placed for transportation links to most towns, villages and all major cities for a home visit to you unless you’d prefer to use Skype. We also assist those resident outside of the UK.
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