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Dr Bill Sheate, Dip CBH, GQHP, GHR Reg, Dip SMRB
Originally I trained as a biologist (in ecology) but have spent nearly 35 years working in environmental policy and decision-making, as a consultant, an environmental campaigner and for the last 25 years as an academic at Imperial College London. For some 12 years or so I split my time between academia and environmental consultancy (as Technical Director at Collingwood Environmental Planning Ltd.), which required excellent time and project management skills – and a ready ability to say ‘No’! Over recent years I have maintained my academic work at Imperial College while creating more time for private practice as a therapist.
My own career path has not been a typical academic one – I have followed my interests and the opportunities, and my passion has always been in the teaching and pastoral support of students. CBH is a natural extension of this, providing a very well equipped tool-kit for dealing with the common personal issues that arise in higher education (and beyond), solidly underpinned by scientific research. Both students and staff face increasing pressures from an education system that benchmarks individuals (and their institutions) throughout their careers and, from student tuition fees to management pressures on staff all cause rising levels of stress and anxiety. Understanding the relationship between your feelings, thoughts and behaviour, and the power of your imagination, can be wonderfully liberating. Although I specialise in anxiety and stress in higher education, I treat clients from all walks of life; anxiety and stress know no boundaries.