West Lothian, UK
I have pioneered an original approach to Self Management in a health setting for many years. I have gained unparalleled experience in this important field with 7000+ group sessions delivered throughout Scotland and Northern England. My speciality is Chronic Pain but this work is also valuable for all long term conditions. Most of my work is with patients in a community setting which varies from remote and rural to urban. I also deliver professional education to clinicians and work with them as a point of referral.
I currently run a network of community based groups and deliver intensive short courses. I am particularly keen on building a strong therapeutic relationship with people based on a natural open approach using story and metaphor to communicate in a credible and effective way that helps people to deal with change and improve their quality of life and well-being. In amongst this there is always room for humour and getting people to support each other.
The work I deliver is largely based on my practical experience of what works in a group setting and importantly, what doesn’t. My approach is broadly based on a Bio-Psycho-Social model of health which is informed by ideas from CBT, ACT, NLP, Philosophy, Positive Psychology, Relaxation, Hypnotherapy, Holistic health, Motivational interviewing and Coaching. I also write original material that communicates complex ideas simply and effectively.