All about stress
Taking Companies & Individuals
from distress to de-stress
Meet the team
Neil Shah – Consultant in NLP, hypnotherapy and specialist in behavioural change, stress management and well-being expert
If you want to make changes in your life, talk to the founder of the Stress Management Society, Neil Shah. Neil is an award-winning businessman, life coach, stress management expert and motivational speaker.
He is also a qualified practitioner of hypnotherapy and counselling and communication skills, and has trained extensively in neuro linguistic programming. He leads many of the Stress Management Society’s regular workshops.
Neil is living proof that having a positive mindset can help you achieve your goals. For example, in the last few years, he has walked on fire, climbed Mount Everest and run the London Marathon. For all of these tough challenges, he used various techniques including NLP and self-hypnosis to help him achieve these goals.
He can teach you how you can use the same techniques for your own health goals – whether that is to change your diet or start a regular exercise programme.
After all, there’s no need to drag the body kicking and screaming to a new way of life. It’s much easier to let your mind lead your body there...
Andrea Sangster – communications
Andrea is an award-winning writer and editor and is communications director for the Stress Management Society, involved since its launch.
She also writes the ‘stress-free mum’ blog on the Stress Management Society website. The blog was launched just before the birth of Andrea’s second child, and is giving a blow-by-blow account for other parents about the stresses of parenthood and how to avoid them.
Andrea has nearly 20 years’ experience in communications and a Media Studies degree from the University of Westminster. She started her career at the BBC as a freelance journalist in local radio and contributor to the World Service. Moving to print, she became Creative Services Manager for a division of Reed Elsevier and has run three creative teams in different contract publishing houses. In 2001 she launched her own editorial agency, Alphabetti Communications.
Having worked in high-pressure media jobs for two decades, Andrea has seen more than her fair share of stress. However her high stress levels and the hormones they produce in the body almost kept her from being a mum altogether. Her doctor advised her that if she wanted kids she had to learn to manage her stress better. She did, daughter Daisy duly arrived and since then Andrea has been learning about the entirely new stresses of bringing up a baby.
Aegon Welsh - Health, Fitness and Nutrition
Exercise/nutrition expert Aegon Welsh has an excellent track record in health. He was in the Royal Marines for 12 years (one of the toughest regiments in the armed forces), represented his school at a national level in athletics, rugby and martial arts, and is qualified in a number of health disciplines from boxercise and circuit training to fitness assessments.
In 2003 he qualified as a coach in exercise and nutrition and a therapist. His client list now includes professional athletes, fire fighters, business executives and housewives.
Much of his work is involved with helping people assess and correct problems with muscular balance, flexibility, function and lifestyle
Naomi Martell - Personal Development and Change Management.
Naomi is a committed Personal Development and Change Management expert with over 15 years of experience. All her professional experience has been gained in blue-chip companies in the fields of Resourcing, Retail, Investment Banking, Telecomms, and IT. Her personal experience is her life and she enjoys a behavioural and developmental challenge!
Her passion is founded on the dual beliefs that if we take responsibility for ourselves we are able to achieve anything we put our mind to, and it’s important to use our wisdom and find the right resources and people who can help us at any given point.
Naomi has studied to MSc level and practised in Organizational Behaviour, including Work and Well-Being, Organizational and Individual Change, Life Career Development, Motivation and Performance, and Training and Development.
Vanessa Bolton - Consultant in stress management
Vanessa is a stress and well-being consultant and a founder member of the Stress Management Society. A documentary maker; she started studying and working in the wellbeing sector a decade ago.
Vanessa has worked in over 20 countries in five languages. She holds degrees from both Bristol and London Universities. Upon graduating from London University (SOAS) with an MA in Development Studies, Vanessa moved to Nepal to set up a theatre troupe to teach human rights for Amnesty International. She then moved to Singapore where she worked as a researcher with the Psychology Dept of the University of Singapore on the need to achieve in Singaporeans. She got her break in the movies in Berlin and worked with Hollywood crews in Italy, France and Czech Republic for a few years before moving to London to produce business news and do media training for Fortune 500 companies. She set up a dot com that floated on Nasdaq and then sold her company to become the Head of Business Development for a film distribution company. As she turned 30, she realised she wanted to live in a healthier way.
She returned to India for and trained in yoga, meditation and well being before setting up a stress busting and media training consultancy.
Shaun Hammond - Hypnotherapist/Counsellor/Healer
After qualifying from the UK College, Shaun Hammond spent seven years in prominent
research at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington. There he investigated how the subconscious mind can stimulate creativity and effective stress management.
He’s considered such an expert that he’s been invited to hold workshops around the world - from the Actors’ Centre in the UK to the Bangkok Ballet Company in Thailand. Creativity is a particular interest for Shaun and he works extensively with musicians, writers, dancers and actors to help them unlock their artistic sides.
Having studied healing and colour therapy techniques at the SAGB in Belgrave Square, London, Shaun now also takes workshops using a combination of colour healing, movement and self-hypnosis. He is currently lecturing in hypnotherapy and counselling at The UK College.
Verbal Copywriter®; Speaker and Personal Development Trainer
For over 20 years Yvonne Gurney has been helping individuals overcome what is still regarded as the #1 fear – the fear of public speaking. Originally from Wisconsin, USA, her own public speaking career began at the age of 13 when she joined her school’s debate team as a means of overcoming shyness. By the time she gained her university degree in Organisational Communications she was an award winning presenter both on a State and National level.
Since immigrating to the UK in 1989 she has worked with some of the UK’s largest organisations, designing and delivering training programmes to European Director level in areas as diverse as leadership, group behaviour, stress management, time management, goal setting, high-impact presentation skills and even IT. In the early 1990s she was a Senior Lecturer in Management at Hammersmith & West London College and a Guest Lecturer on the International MBA at the University of Westminster.
In recent years Yvonne has built a powerful reputation as The Verbal Copywriter®. Her success is based on the belief that much of the stress associated with public speaking stems from an inability to find the right words rather than imperfect delivery. An accurate, yet simplistic description is that Yvonne “tells you what to say.” She believes when you find compelling words, that are authentic to you, it’s easy for you to become a speaker that exudes the perfect balance of confidence, humanity and expertise.
Yvonne is a great advocate of personal development, having travelled the world to achieve her own goals she now helps others do the same through consultancy and training.
Senior Addiction Consultant, The Stress Management Society.
Ian Young is a leading expert in the treatment of addictions. He has helped thousands of people with addictions and their families find a new way to live without the destructive patterns they once believed were essential.
Ian is the founder of two significant rehabilitation facilities, acts as a consultant to many others, and runs www.soberservices.co.uk.
A former alcoholic and addict himself, Ian knows what it feels like to be in the grip of addiction. He uses his experience of becoming sober to help others. Since 2001 he has been teaching and coaching people away from detrimental behaviours and towards healthy lifestyle choices, addiction free. He says his quality of life is today beyond anything he could possibly have dreamed of whilst in active addiction, and he wants to share his experiences with others.
As just one of his many success stories, ‘J’ says: “Part of me hoped that you’d say I didn’t need help and it would all work out. The other part was exhausted, beaten and ashamed, silently screaming for something to fix me, to take away the craving. As I listened I was taken back by your openness and honesty. I identified with so much of your story. That hope you gave me persuaded me to admit that I needed help.
It’s been almost a year since that conversation, I now have a sense of freedom, peace and contentment which back then I couldn’t have imagined. Life just keeps getting better. Thank you for your help and inspiration.”
Dr Dominique Dock - Medical Director
Dr Dominique Dock, is a GP partner in a London NHS practice since 2001.
He was previously in France, as a single-handed GP in a ski resort, and in Hong Kong as a civilian practitioner for the MOD for 3 years.
During his 30 years career as a physician he has seen and treated more than 100,000 patients.
Dr Dock is not only a GP with many years of expertise running a busy surgery, he is also an experienced Stress Management practitioner, using Ericksonian Hypnosis, Mental Imagery and he is a Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic-Programming.
He has co-produced a course on PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and a course on dealing with Phobias.
He has run several marathons and long-distance events as a doctor: Tour du Mont-Blanc, Super Marathon du Verdon, Grande course de l'Himalaya (Nepal).
In 1984 he was the expedition doctor for a team who climbed the Gasherbrum II, in the Himalayas. In 2005, he stood on top of Kilimanjaro (5895m), as lead-doctor for a UK charity.
He now runs wellness retreats, combining his skills and experience as a Health Practitioner with those of a Mountain-Guide.
Anna is an experienced massage therapist offering a range of holistic treatments. She began her working life in HR at large corporates and became convinced of the need to provide emotional and physical stress relief to office workers.
After qualifying as a massage therapist and gaining considerable experience in her new trade, she founded Inspirit, a wellbeing company providing massage practitioners and yoga instructors to businesses and events.
Inspirit has a team of 30 practitioners based in London, Brighton and Oxford, helping companies and individuals combat stress and musculoskeletal problems for office workers.
Nicola Ménage - Accredited SMS Trainer
By using a beneficial set of tools including hypnosis, NLP and visualisation Nicola specialises in helping you to find solutions to work related stress, to help clients resolve and gain control of overriding anxiety and the debilitating knock on effects of stress in your life. With over 20 years experience working within the NHS, public and private sector she helps you identify the triggers and finds long lasting resolutions to enable you to enjoy every aspect of your life.
Nicola works with clients in her private practice in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire covering the Cotwolds, Warwickshire and beyond. She can work with you on a 1-1, facilitates courses on stress management and self hypnosis.
For more details on how she works with individuals and corporate go to www.nicolamenage.co.uk or call 0845 833 9733.
Julie Croad - Accredited SMS Trainer
Skills & Qualifications: Certificate in Body Massage, NVQ level 3 Aromatherapy, Certificate in Sports Massage & Deep Tissue Massage, Certificate in Indian Head Massage, Certificate in Infant Massage, Practitioner Certificate in Natural Facelift, Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology, Practitioner Stress Management, Certificate Preparing to Teach.
I began my training in holistic therapy’s 18 years ago. Over that time I have qualified in various forms of massage from deep tissue and sports to gentle Aromatherapy and infant massage.
I have worked part time as a therapist for the last 17 years. In addition to my therapy business I work in an office and am well aware of how stress can adversely affect both lives and businesses via long term stress related sickness absences I am particularly interested in working with businesses to reduce stress related sickness absence amongst staff, improve staff performance and productivity.
Simon Tarry - Accredited SMS Trainer
Simon Tarry is a Senior Registered Mental Health practitioner. Simon has a Higher Diploma of Education in Nursing Studies (Mental Health). He is an accredited full member of the Stress Management Society (MSMS). He is a member of British Holistic Medical Association (BHMA). Simon has studied Reiki and is studying for his Advanced Diploma in Professional Stress Management.
His Specialist area's are Stress Management; Relaxation and anxiety management; Counselling
Simon also does holistic breath work with his clients which enables them to learn various deep breathing exercises.
Simon has developed a stress management programme that he uses on the wards in the hospital. He runs one to one and small group stress management sessions twice weekly and relaxation sessions for patients and staff. Simon is also available to run one day stress awareness seminars.
He believes in a holistic approach and solution to issues and offers a non judgemental approach. Simon believes that by reducing stress the patient is less likely to relapse and have a more productive life.
With over two decade within the health service industry, Simon has a wide experience of neurological psychological and psychiatric conditions, from epilepsy to Tourettes, depression to medically unexplained conditions, offering support to patients and their carers. With his experience in mental health nursing Simon has developed a compassionate approach; he can identify with the client and give supportive strategies. His care is client centred offering what they need rather than what they think they want.
Sue Trotter - SMS Trainer
Sue Trotter is an experienced Stress Management Consultant and Trainer, specialising in helping clients who want to reduce their stress and boost their confidence and self-esteem. Sue runs workshops and is a trainer for the Stress Management Society as well as working one-to-one with clients to transform their lives.
Sue began her training career with a major Blue Chip company in the early 1990’s and went on to work in a number of specialist roles in the financial services industry. She has a management degree, is qualified in alternative medicine, EFT Matrix Reimprinting and other therapeutic interventions. Sue also has over 12 years’ experience as a coach and is a member of the Association for Coaching. In her spare time Sue is a Retained Fire Fighter with Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service. This unique skill set gives Sue an excellent understanding of stress and its impact on a wide range of individuals.
Client Feedback from a Stress Management Workshop:
"Sue comes across as a course leader who actually practices what she preaches while having a realistic view of the circumstances we find ourselves in. Even in the group, I felt Sue worked hard to have a personal dialogue with each person in the class" - A Young, Highworth
One-to-one work: Sue has experience working with clients in a variety of stressful circumstances to reduce their stress and increase their confidence. She uses a range of safe, gentle techniques. This means that even if your stress is the result of a traumatic experience, it can be resolved without having to re-live the event and with you remaining in complete control of the process, in a safe, confidential space.
“Working with Sue changed my life! With her help I was able to safely challenge my thinking and make positive changes in my life. Alternating my perspective on life events has freed me up to live happier and positively.
Sue gives you 100% every session, I felt really looked after, understood and not judged. I would recommend her to anyone.”
T Davidson, Wiltshire.
For more information about Sue’s works visit:
Corporate Clients: www.foi.ltd.uk
Individual Clients: www.optimumbeing.co.uk
Sara Moncrieff - Accredited SMS Trainer
Sara is a qualified Stress Management Consultant and a fully accredited member of The Stress Management Society. She has been teaching Stress Management since 2007. Many of her clients have changed their lives and have become positive people who look forward to tomorrow with courage and passion.
“Survive Stress using Body, Mind & Spirit” is a complete on-line stress management programme, the result of seven years intense personal research, and part of a highly personalised one-to-one support package.
This programme is available to individuals, businesses and organisations worldwide.
Go to www.survivestress.net and see how she can help you.
If you want further information please contact Sara at email@example.com. Commit 100% to helping yourself and Sara will commit 100% to helping you survive stress.
Live, breathe and eat to survive stress, communicate with Sara using email, Live Chat, Skype or in the Common Room.
Visit the Common Room which is a safe and secure area that only people following the 'Survive Stress using Body, Mind & Spirit' can access, give and receive support from others following the programme.
Pick up tips and share yours. Look forward to tomorrow ....
Sara looks forward to helping you to live a courageous and passionate life.
Roland White – Accredited SMS Trainer
Roland specialises in stress reduction through changing behaviour particularly in the field of nutrition, exercise, sleep and work/life balance.
Roland has a broad range of skills combining a background in professional sport with nutrition and lifestyle coaching, NLP and yoga. As a natural health coach he is dedicated to the most effective methods of achieving behavioural change for his clients whilst quietly providing them with expert knowledge. His relaxed manner allows you to engage and enjoy your session like having a chat with a friend. He has written regularly for The Times and Sport magazine and in 2010 released his first book, How to Survive in the Urban Jungle – 10 Steps to Wellbeing.
Dee Constable – Accredited SMS Trainer
With a skill set including Life Coaching, NLP, Reiki and Holistic Pain Management, Dee’s focus is to support people to achieve health and well-being through self-knowledge and self-determination.
Dee studied with The Open University to gain a 1st Class Honours Degree in subjects approved by the British Psychological Society, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education. She has since followed her interest in facilitating well-being by gaining qualifications in Life Coaching, NLP and Reiki. Dee has spent the last 15 years training staff within a Health and Social Care setting, supporting them to cope with the stresses of the job, both on a personal level and when tackling potentially threatening situations. Dee has recently become an Accredited Trainer for the Stress Management Society and is a Full Member of both The Stress Management Society and the UK Reiki Federation..
Dee is committed to supporting people to make the most of their lives; in one to one situations through Life Coaching and Reiki treatments, and in group situations through workshops on Health and Wellbeing, Stress Management and Reiki.
Dave Read is passionate about fully exploring & harnessing the wide-ranging therapeutical aspects of Emotional Intelligence & Literacy as a force to achieve holistic wellbeing & balance - and to transform classroom relationships - unlocking the deepest potential of all students, teachers & school staff.
Qualifying as a teacher in 1981, Dave has combined his considerable classroom experience and expertise with his holistic work as a professional Healer/therapist (MNFSH) and Member of the Stress Management Society (MSMS) - to become a full-time therapeutic trainer in Emotional Intelligence.
He founded the-lightworks.co.uk in 2006 - creating and developing the two CoolFire programmes - alongside the CoolFire workshop series for identified & specialised groups. Dave is now training an emerging network of highly skilled tutor-therapists - all of whom are qualified in their own right with extensive teaching experience - and who can lead the CoolFire programmes anywhere in the UK & Europe.
Throughout the last four years, Dave has worked with more than 3,500 teachers and school staff. Dave also continues to stage CPD workshops for ATL members throughout the UK - and works with the NASUWT to provide workshops as part of their annual three event programme for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT’s).
Over the last two years, Dave has also staged aspects of CoolFire with over 5,000 students (Aged 7-13) in 40+ schools of all kinds in Thurrock and Southend through the UK government Pathfinder project - "Targeted Mental Health in Schools" (TaMHS).
Dave has recently been appointed one of two Associate Fellows of the Applied Centre of Emotional Literacy Leadership & Research (ACELLR) in Wolverhampton - where he will be a Visiting Lecturer and contribute to the content of their new degree in Emotional Literacy.
Dave is currently working with City Of Wolverhampton College (CWC) for the ELIA project (Emotional Literacy in Action), as co-trainer with Dr. Richard Majors, director of CWC's Applied Centre for Emotional Literacy, Leadership & Research (ACELLR). Workshops are taking place in Austria, Portugal, Switzerland and the UK. The ELIA project is led and managed by SOL in Switzerland, and funded by the European Union's Lifelong Learning Programme.
Dave has now also created Lightworks Innovations CIC - a Social Enterprise company that seeks to work with community groups of all kinds - in the UK and beyond - to combat disadvantage and a range of social issues through the CoolFire approach and further innovative programmes developed by the-lightworks.co.uk.
PhD, Director of Brain Brilliance Consulting
Dr Claire Gaudry is an expert 'brain shifter'.
Claire transfers her deep understanding of the human brain in a simple toolkit. She designs and delivers leadership development programmes to help you and your teams master soft skills that are essential to leading your business to authentic success.
Claire’s background includes almost a decade of academic research in medical biology. She is one of the first recipients of the HEduBT, a European Doctorate in Biotechonology awarded to PhD graduates for excellence in international research.
Claire spent a further 10 years in brain based personal development as a speaker, a trainers trainer, a coach, a lead trainer while managing the business operations of 6 UK based training centers.
She combined her different sets of expertise in the programmes she delivers as Brain Brilliance Consutling.
Do not expect her to pass on the intricate mechanisms of neurobiology but rather the simple recipes that will help you engage your brain to generate results and solutions with ease and perspective.
Her breath of experience and 'clairity' combine to make the complicated simple and accessible.
Her style is very dynamic and engaging and she loves transferring energizing curiosity.
Cathy is a successful Mentor, Coach and Trainer based in Galway, Ireland. She is an experienced Human Resource and Business Professional, an accredited trainer and coach along with the CIPD qualification in human resource management.
Cathy began her career in the corporate world, moving into the management of their family contracting business.
Currently she runs well-being workshops regularly to groups and offers one-to-one coaching and mentoring to individuals and business owners.
Cathy is also the only stress management trainer representing The Stress Management Society in Ireland.