So, a little bit about me.
My name is Steve. I was engaged at 16, married at 18 and my wife and I have four grown up children. Between them they have given us, 17 wonderful Grandchildren. (My wife is one of seven children and I think it rubbed-off on our kids 🙂 )
Since 1987 I’ve been studying various psychological subjects. I also have clinical experience and my belief is that every type of therapy has something to offer.
Over the last thirty-odd years, I’ve formally studied Clinical Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, and Psychology, gaining my Ph.D in 2006.
I’m also a qualified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and I’ve completed professional development courses in both Advanced Child Psychology and Clinical Psychology.
I’ve also, read well over 500, personal development books and I’m a pathological learner. I’ve lost count how many short ‘specialty’ courses I’ve attended over the years. Even though these courses are very similar in a lot of ways, if I get just one more nugget of information, or an alternative viewpoint from it, then it’s worthwhile.
Changing your life for the better, is the greatest gift you can give yourself. The greatest gift for me, is knowing that I’ve played some small part to help you accomplish that.
I guess now, I should explain how I got into this Psychological World?
Many years ago, I was drifting through life, only just starting to understand the realities of being an adult. Then, I got a brain tumor and everything changed.
Well, actually getting the tumor didn’t change me. Not having it anymore did!
The process went a bit like this….
Tumor was discovered and I was told is was probably cancer.
Had operation to remove it.
Days Three to Six:
I couldn’t feed myself, I couldn’t talk properly, I didn’t recognize anyone (not even my wife and children), and my brain was swelling by the hour.
I was told it wasn’t cancer.
Three days later, I’m home with my family, well on the road to recovery.
It was clear to me then, that my mind had decided to protect me from what it ‘believed’ was my short future.
Once my mind had been reassured, I almost immediately became a fully-functioning adult again.
And I asked myself… if the human mind was capable of that, what else was it capable of? And maybe, if I could learn how to use the tools to control it, I could help not only myself, but also others.
That’s when my journey started.
Over the years that followed, I put a huge amount of time and money into learning as much as I could.
Then, after I’d made some big changes in my own life, I wanted to use that information to help others.
Learning and using all this information has allowed me to help not only myself, but many, many other people in both clinical and personal situations using a combination of these tools.
My new endeavor is Mindfulness and Meditation. I’m only at the beginning of that particular journey and I’d love for you to join me.
In my own life, I founded Deben Worldwide Media, where all of the ‘Mind Work‘ takes place. This website is one of the places where I try to keep everything organized.
I’m definitely not anyone’s Guru and I still learn just as much from people like you, as I teach.
That’s the beauty of community. There’s never going to be one correct way to do things, because everyone is a different.
Everyone learns in a different way and everyone needs something different in order to be happy and fulfilled.
Most of my time now, is spent continuing my progress and wherever possible, helping people like you.
Standing up and giving an opinion is always scary, but it’s by doing exactly that, that you and I will both grow into something better.
By developing programs, training and information products (and of course the blog), my greatest wish, is to help you increase your awareness and build your understanding, while you help me expand my understanding, by sharing your stories with me and the rest of the community.
Together, we can make big changes to our lives.
I still occasionally have times when anxiety and stress plays a part in my own life and I’m sure it always will. But, by following the path that’s right for you, you’ll gain more control and therefore more happiness and fulfillment than you ever thought possible.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this page. I hope you’ll let me go on this journey of discovery with you. I promise to be your biggest fan and I’ll help in any way I can 🙂