Iain Douglas Stewart

Iain Douglas Stewart

Human

Simply trying to be the best version of myself that I can possibly be.

Father

To an incredible four year old boy that is an absolute force of nature.

Counsellor

On a mission to make the world a better place, one person at a time.

Husband

To a wonderful woman that is complimentary to me and my mission.

What’s the score?

Hi! My name’s Iain, and my purpose is to help you become the best version of you that you can be. And in parallel to that, I’m trying to become the best version of me, too. To learn more about me, my bio would be a good place to start.

When I first started writing a blog back in 2005 I had no idea I’d still be writing it now. I thought it’d be a short-lived thing. I wouldn’t stick to it. That would be the kind of thing I do.

But here we are, thirteen years later.

This website is a collection of posts from all the various other blogs I’ve had over the years, and it is the central hub of my personal brand, with various spokes leading off in other directions towards my other interests and ideas.

My future aspirations are to be some kind of counsellor or life-coach. With that in mind, if people who need help find me through this blog, read some of the early posts and see that I have been in similar situations to them with regards to my mental health, they will see that I survived. And then if they see that I can help them get out too?

That’s the goal.

Admittedly, I’m still a long way from where I want to be and very much still a work-in-progress, but I invite you to join me on my never-ending journey of personal mastery, and my quest to help people become the best that they can be.

You never know. Maybe I could help you.

To find out more about where I’m currently at, click here.

Free-writing

What is free-writing? You simply write the first thing that comes into your head for a set amount of time on a pre-determined word. Try it yourself or take a look at mine.

Balance

Femininity

Masculinity

Ego

Perception

Infinity

Qualifications coursework

Below you will find the eight latest pieces of coursework that I have written for my qualifications.

L3CiCS Reflective Diary – 25th June 2020

So that’s that then. Last night I got an email from the college saying that our internal and external assessments have been submitted to the...
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L3CiCS Learning Log – 12th June 2020

This week we are looking at Assessment in counselling, and how it informs the counselling work. In counselling, assessment is the process used to determine...
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L3CiCS Reflective Diary – 5th June 2020

I think if we were to devise mock ethical policy and procedure to ensure fair and safe practise for a hypothetical agency then we’d not...
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L3CiCS Learning Log – 5th June 2020

This week we are describing the ethical, legal and procedural framework in which an agency operates. I have chosen to explore Off The Record’s ethical...
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L3CiCS Reflective Diary – 29th May 2020

This week we are looking at limits of proficiency, and my reflections on them. There are many ethical considerations to take into account when considering...
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L3CiCS Reflective Diary – 22nd May 2020

Ethics in counselling are very important. I will be using the BACP’s Ethical Framework as contextual guidance to explore these hypothetical Ethical dilemmas. A client...
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L3CiCS Reflective Diary – 15th May 2020

This week we are looking at ethics in counselling, in particular, how to apply an understanding of an ethical framework to counselling practise sessions. This...
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L3CiCS Reflective Diary – 8th May 2020

This week in lockdown, I am working on self-awareness and how it contributes to the ability to empathise with others. Empathy is a kind of...
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Four years on. History is not over, things change.

Bit of a rambling one, this. Four years ago I had a mental breakdown and I walked off into the night with the intention of killing myself. I didn’t do it, obviously, I changed my mind. I turned away from the void. Vowed to change. To become someone I’d always …

Minecraft: Real life vs simulations

This post started off as a piece on how Minecraft evokes primal instincts in a person, but the more I wrote, the more it evolved. Have a read. You’ll see. Survive the night. Is there a more evocative phrase? When you start a new Minecraft world in survival mode, that …

Saying you’ve levelled up on your birthday is cringe

It’s my birthday today, and after receiving the card pictured, it struck me how cringe it is to say that you’ve “levelled up” on your birthday. Looking back on some of my previous birthday posts… I noticed that I’ve used the phrase once or twice myself. I get that it’s …

If your grandfather was here today, would you be able to look him in the eye?

Men: Are you proud of your behavior? If your grandfather was here today, would you be able to look him in the eye? Are you a man of the world, caving to whatever temptation it puts under your nose? Or do you want to be uncommon, a great man? Do …

Taking another year off

I’m finding myself in that situation again this academic year, mainly thanks to coronavirus this time around rather than financial worries. But this time, I can see it coming, and I won’t lose focus. I won’t waste this year. I’ve got things I need to do to be ready for …

L3CiCS Reflective Diary – 25th June 2020

So that’s that then. Last night I got an email from the college saying that our internal and external assessments have been submitted to the CPCAB for a calculated grade. Our tutor had already told us that we would all pass. Now that our final grade is being calculated, between …

Reflecting on ending self-isolation

This Coronavirus thing has been a bit shit, eh? I’m due to go back to work next week, and I have mixed emotions about it. On the one hand, I hate my current job, and these twelve weeks have been eye-opening to exactly how much I do hate it. I’m …

L3CiCS Learning Log – 12th June 2020

This week we are looking at Assessment in counselling, and how it informs the counselling work. In counselling, assessment is the process used to determine if counselling is appropriate and needed, which type of counselling would be the most suitable for a client’s needs, and to take an initial measurement …

L3CiCS Reflective Diary – 5th June 2020

I think if we were to devise mock ethical policy and procedure to ensure fair and safe practise for a hypothetical agency then we’d not go far wrong if we used the BACP’s Ethical Framework as a starting point. It is a thorough, robust set of guidelines and policies that …

L3CiCS Learning Log – 5th June 2020

This week we are describing the ethical, legal and procedural framework in which an agency operates. I have chosen to explore Off The Record’s ethical policy as I have previously written about their agency in my work. Overall, it is the policy of the agency for all counsellors, whether they …