I was born in Australia, 1927, my parents having emigrated in 1923 from Greenock in Scotland. Following the death of their son, John, ten months old, in a house fire, and two years of unemployment in the Slump, they, with my older brother, Alex, came back to Scotland. You can read more of my life story in Pigswill and Caviare.
I spent twenty years in the Royal Army Medical Corps in general and psychiatric nursing and personnel management. Then I specialised in psychiatric social work. When I retired in 1974, I worked in the Southampton University Hospitals Combined School of Nursing until 1987. From 1987-1991 I was Student Counsellor/Lecturer at St George’s and Roehampton College of Nursing and Midwifery.
I am now a freelance counsellor, and supervisor of other counsellors, and author of many counselling, self-help, and devotional books. In 1992 I became a tutor for the Institute of Counselling, in Glasgow, and I tutor students on many different courses several of which I have written. The Institute teaches counselling skills by distance learning.
I married Margaret in 1948 and we had five children; Jean, born with Down’s syndrome, died in October 2009. Of the other four, two sons live in the USA; our other daughter lives in Scotland and one son lives near us in Hampshire. Margaret died of heart failure on August 27, 2012. She is now at rest with her Lord and with all those who have gone on before.
A tribute to Jean: The Sunflower of Our Lives
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People who improve their self-esteem find that their lives take on new meaning and confidence as well-being is enhanced. This practical self-help book shows how the the damage caused by faulty beliefs can be reversed, enabling the reader to develop a firm and realistic belief in his or her attributes, accomplishments and abilities. Exercises and case studies help provide strategies for building self-esteem.
Self-counselling is feasible but it may prove more demanding than attending once-a-week counselling sessions. Attention is drawn to the limits of being your own counsellor, and of the necessity of having an experienced mentor to fall back on if you run into difficulties. In this practical self-help book, the author introduces self-counselling skills and techniques and uses case studies and exercises, and working with dreams, imagination and intuition to develop both a deeper self-awareness and the ability to solve problems.
Counselling helps people make positive changes in their life. Stress, bereavement, or relationship difficulties, are just some of the reasons people might choose counselling. Or they may want to more self-aware, more in control of their life. This book takes the mystery out of counselling, examines different approaches, and offers help in choosing a counsellor. It is a basic resource for counsellors in training and anyone in the helping professions. The authors provide advice on how to choose the right kind of counsellor.
Maybe you’re experiencing anxiety, want to learn how to avoid it, or simply help someone who suffers from it. Many people experience anxiety. For some the anxiety is mild, but for others who suffer from panic attacks, phobias, and obsessions, it can be crippling. Many things have the potential to cause anxiety – relationships, illness and stressful situations, to name a few. But whatever causes your anxiety, this illuminating book will help you find the strengths to overcome it and regain control of and empower your life.
Making the Most of Your Relationships
Getting on with people involves everybody to some extent. This book explores many ideas to build and maintain relationships. Relationship-building does not come naturally. It is not written into our genes. This book will help readers to improve all their relationships. It will also provide a framework for working to help prevent breakdown, as well as helping people cope when relationships do break down. This is a self-help guide to improving and maintaining personal relationships. The text suggests practical methods to deal with and resolve problems within a relationship and includes checklists, case studies, quizzes and techniques to study particular situations. Written in clear, jargon-free language, it engages the reader in self-exploration. The book is appropriate for:
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