About Stephen Hadfield
Stephen is clinical team leader and has a number of high net worth, high profile and celebrity clients. He was educated at King’s School Macclesfield.
He first became involved in mental health in the late 1970s, training as an NHS psychiatric nurse to RMN level and gaining a wide ranging experience in all areas of acute and chronic mental health including working in teams employing CBT and other therapies in cases of addiction and phobias.
Stephen developed type 1 diabetes in his twenties and decided upon a career change, gaining a law degree and later a masters degree in international law. He worked for a while in Lincoln’s Inn Fields in central London before moving nearer to his family home and specialising in personal injury and later, clinical negligence law as a senior fee-earner. It was during this time that be became particularly interested in post-traumatic stress disorder and its treatment.
At the age of 49, Stephen suffered a major heart attack which left him on life support. He recovered after surgery but suffered from severe PTSD for a period and found the treatment on offer through the NHS to be patchy and inadequate.
As a result of his experiences, Stephen decided to change career once again, returning to University, studying counselling psychology at postgraduate level before setting up his own practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist with a particular interest in PTSD, diabetes and post accident recovery and growth.
Stephen carries out his work for private individuals, as well for corporate and solicitor clients. He also has experience of working with returnees from war zones, conflict zone veterans and also plays an active part as a trustee of a mental health charity.
In his spare time, Stephen writes, undertakes public engagements and holidays by travelling around Europe in his 1969 Volvo Amazon, ‘Hannibal’, as a member of an historic endurance rallying organisation.