Almost 10 years ago I read a fascinating book, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: The Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping, by Robert M Sapolsky. This eloquent and witty book was the beginning of a personal obsession with how our “issues affect our tissues” and it led to my decision to train as a counsellor (quite a departure as I used to be a senior manager in the express parcels industry).
During my training, I encountered many other fascinating books, but the one that had the greatest effect on me was, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, by Bessel van der Kolk. These books, together with all my other academic study, and my life, work, family and personal experiences, have brought me to a deep understanding of the causes of psychological distress and a genuine desire to help those who suffer from it, in whatever form. I am particularly interested in those who have “severe mental health diagnoses”, such as schizophrenia, as I know that there is sadly little real help available to them. This section is a summary of what I know and will give you an insight into how and why I work the way I do.
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