Who is Stuart Sorensen?
Background and mission
Stuart Sorensen grew up in the North West of England. He left school in 1981 and went straight on to the dole in one of the country's worst unemployment 'blackspots'. Stuart has been familiar with hardship from an early age. He left home as a youth to find work and soon became a homeless busker before a succession of dead-end jobs led him to train as a mental health nurse from 1992 to 1995. Stuart qualified in nursing at the age of 30 and has never looked back.
During his nursing career, Stuart has worked on acute admission wards, residential units, specialist assessment and personality disorder units, has run services designed to work with dual diagnosis patients (drug/alcohol addiction AND serious mental disorder) and helped instigate and provide clinical management for a unit specialising in 'recovery from schizophrenia'. Stuart rose to the position of national mental health quality development lead for a well known and very highly respected nationwide social care provider. He's been a trainer and keynote speaker in mental health and social care and still maintains his nursing registration by taking temporary locum posts in community mental health teams across UK.
Stuart is passionate about the NHS and this passion has led him to create TAMtalking. Over the course of his career, Stuart has seen the service fragment as funding is lost and services are farmed out to private providers, leaving people who once were able to access help from the NHS without an accessible service, depending upon region, of course.
TAMtalking is not intended to replace existing NHS services. If you can access appropriate NHS services in your area please do so. Don't even think about paying TAMtalking. You don't need to. But there are some people whose local NHS is no longer contracted to treat them and whose local private provider will not do so because of historic diagnosis or previous criminal or risky behaviour. For some the use of drugs or alcohol exclude them from accessing private providers even though their current problem may have nothing to do with their previous substance misuse.
That's why TAMtalking is different from just another private therapist looking to cash in by creaming off the easiest work whilst the NHS struggles to cope with the complicated stuff. This isn't about stealing work (and therefore funding) from the Health Service. rather it's about filling the gaps left by dwindling government resources in the only way an individual nurse can. By providing a reasonable alternative.
But this isn't counselling. Nor is it therapy. TAMtalking doesn't fit easily into any of the predetermined 'boxes' laid out in advance by Dept. of Health strategists. This is a fairly quirky approach to mental health based upon a combination of ancient wisdom and modern therapeutic research. TAM (Traditional and Modern) services draw on thousands of years of human discovery about human nature, well-being and both the art and the science of getting and staying happy. It's part nursing, part philosophy and partly a process of drawing upon the lessons of history with Stuart as your guide throughout.