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Hello, I’m Matt.


I was born in a small village outside Bradford in 1972 and lived a ‘normal’ childhood which I now see as a blessing and something I am grateful for. Throughout childhood and in school I was always seen as a deep thinker and I felt more comfortable listening than speaking.

From a young age, I remember friends coming to me to ask me for guidance and support. I found that listening to people came completely naturally to me, and I didn’t have to think about it. I enjoyed it and found being there for people rewarding.

At the age of 16, I attended college and gained a sense of independence and felt myself coming into my own. Like so many people, I didn’t know what I wanted to study and fell into Business Studies which I also took at University. Even on the day of my graduation, I remember thinking, “I want to be a Social Worker and I want to help people.” I put this to the back of my mind and spent the next 4 years in business.

In 1996 at the age of 24, I returned to University and completed Mental Health Nurse training, qualifying in 1999. For the first time, I felt comfortable in my career and I’d found my calling.

Through my 20 year career in mental health nursing, I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with a variety of clients ranging from those with stress, anxiety, and depression to severe mental health problems including psychosis. I began my career on an acute psychiatric ward and then made the transfer into community psychiatric nursing where I spent the majority of my career.

Towards the end of my mental health career, I was becoming increasingly aware of how my own mental health had become compromised and was affecting my close relationships, yet I was struggling to let go of my identity as a Nurse.

My first experience of life coaching was as a client following this period of uncertainty and questioning my career path. I was able to experience first-hand the tools and techniques of coaching, and how they enabled me to change my thinking and make positive steps towards a new life.

I worked through my core values and identified how I could use my knowledge and experience in a different role; maintaining a sense of purpose in my career and continuing to support others through their difficult challenges.

As a result, I became a Life Coach to support individuals to achieve balance and success in all areas of their life.


QUALIFICATIONS

Whilst my success is best measured by my client testimonials, I can confirm I hold the following qualifications and memberships:

  • CPD Accredited Life Coach
  • PG Dip Psycho-social Interventions
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health/Diploma in Health)
  • Leeds CBT: Mindfulness Training for Health Professionals
  • Andrew Sims Centre: Compassion Focused Therapy, and CBT for Depression
  • BA (Hons) Physical Education
  • HND Business and Finance

EXPERIENCE

Following a 20 year career in mental health nursing, I felt frustrated by not being able to do the work that needed doing to get the results with people. I found myself at a crossroads in my life and career, passionate about continuing to help people but feeling I was no longer able to do it in my current role. Consequently, I sought a Life Coach to support me, who just happened to be Chris!

Through life coaching, I made a personal breakthrough, discovering I could use the knowledge and experience gained through my career as Mental Health Nurse and apply it in coaching. Life coaching offers a new positive and future-focused approach which I am confident provides the solution people need.


COACHING

Hello, I’m Matt.

I was born in a small village outside Bradford in 1972 and lived a ‘normal’ childhood which I now see as a blessing and something I am grateful for. Throughout childhood and in school I was always seen as a deep thinker and I felt more comfortable listening than speaking.

From a young age, I remember friends coming to me to ask me for guidance and support. I found that listening to people came completely naturally to me, and I didn’t have to think about it. I enjoyed it and found being there for people rewarding.

At the age of 16, I attended college and gained a sense of independence and felt myself coming into my own. Like so many people, I didn’t know what I wanted to study and fell into Business Studies which I also took at University. Even on the day of my graduation, I remember thinking, “I want to be a Social Worker and I want to help people.” I put this to the back of my mind and spent the next 4 years in business.

In 1996 at the age of 24, I returned to University and completed Mental Health Nurse training, qualifying in 1999. For the first time, I felt comfortable in my career and I’d found my calling.

Through my 20 year career in mental health nursing, I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with a variety of clients ranging from those with stress, anxiety, and depression to severe mental health problems including psychosis. I began my career on an acute psychiatric ward and then made the transfer into community psychiatric nursing where I spent the majority of my career.

Towards the end of my mental health career, I was becoming increasingly aware of how my own mental health had become compromised and was affecting my close relationships, yet I was struggling to let go of my identity as a Nurse.

My first experience of life coaching was as a client following this period of uncertainty and questioning my career path. I was able to experience first-hand the tools and techniques of coaching, and how they enabled me to change my thinking and make positive steps towards a new life.

I worked through my core values and identified how I could use my knowledge and experience in a different role; maintaining a sense of purpose in my career and continuing to support others through their difficult challenges.

As a result, I became a Life Coach to support individuals to achieve balance and success in all areas of their life.


QUALIFICATIONS

Whilst my success is best measured by my client testimonials, I can confirm I hold the following qualifications and memberships:

  • CPD Accredited Life Coach
  • PG Dip Psycho-social Interventions
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health/Diploma in Health)
  • Leeds CBT: Mindfulness Training for Health Professionals
  • Andrew Sims Centre: Compassion Focused Therapy, and CBT for Depression
  • BA (Hons) Physical Education
  • HND Business and Finance

EXPERIENCE

Following a 20 year career in mental health nursing, I felt frustrated by not being able to do the work that needed doing to get the results with people. I found myself at a crossroads in my life and career, passionate about continuing to help people but feeling I was no longer able to do it in my current role. Consequently, I sought a Life Coach to support me, who just happened to be Chris!

Through life coaching, I made a personal breakthrough, discovering I could use the knowledge and experience gained through my career as Mental Health Nurse and apply it in coaching. Life coaching offers a new positive and future-focussed approach which I am confident provides the solution people need.