Q. So as the founder of MANN uP, is Geoff Scott the font of all knowledge, insight and wisdom living a perfect life with all of his own potential unlocked?
A. Not yet (but he is working on it)
Geoff who is originally from County Antrim and now resides in County Armagh, initially studied and obtained a primary degree, post-graduate diploma and masters in marketing and has been a business and marketing professional in both the private and community voluntary sectors for nearly 20 years.
A substantial part of that professional experience was spent working for two of the leading local mental health charities in a public affairs, campaigning and communications capacity.
It was through this experience that Geoff became aware of the issues that those who identify as male can encounter that can act as a barrier to psychological (mental and emotional), wellbeing, or as a deterrent to them seeking out and engaging with guidance and support.
Throughout this time Geoff also developed through meeting with many hundreds of people who used or sought out information on the charities’ services, an awareness of the link between strong and positive psychological health and a positive state of physical, relational, professional and recreational health.
As a massive branding nerd, Geoff led on the development and introduction of new brand identities in no less than four of the organisations whom he worked for. Through these projects, Geoff also became aware that the wisdom surrounding the creation and communication of an impactful organisational identity (namely, being authentic, clear about how you wish to be perceived by others than clearly and consistently communicating your personality to build a positive image in the mind of others), can be applied to individuals who feel that their own brand is not having sufficient impact in their professional and/or personal lives.
When taking on the challenge of redefining his own path for advancement after experiencing two significant life landmarks in 2010/2011, Geoff was struck by how much he had internalised a narrative (story and script), of masculinity that inhibited him from connecting with, expressing and healing his emotional self. This drive to man up (in the bad way!), and carry on in a state of denial and avoidance was powerful, and if it had been left unchecked could have become highly destructive.
So Geoff decided to go down a different route, he went into counselling, a process which gave him the time and space to review the narrative of his life and gain a peace with it. Counselling also gave the space to identify what was and was not working in his life in the here-and-now and to map out the path for a new way to advance that would tap into and unlock his potential.
This led to Geoff studying and completing in 2016 a Foundation Degree in Counselling. More recently in 2018, he also obtained the CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills & Theory.
Throughout his training as a counsellor and since, Geoff has also volunteered many hundreds of hours to counselling both males and females who have been at a point of crisis in their psychological wellbeing, or who have felt wounded, unsure, frustrated or unhappy about how their own life narrative is unfolding.
What Geoff brings to the table when he works with clients is not perfection and all the answers, rather what he can offer is willingness to share the knowledge he has gained through his academic and professional experiences and the insight and wisdom he has developed on his own life journey combined with a willingness to work in a true collaborative partnership with clients to guide and support them to come up with tangible means to advance their wellbeing.
Geoff is committed to the principle of continuous professional development in terms of his counselling practice. To include to date studies in areas such as:
- Child protection.
- Keeping adults safe.
- Online counselling.
- Differences in counselling adults and children.
- Understanding & recognising sex addiction.
- Substance misuse and working with addiction.
- Solution-focused therapy.
- Cognitive-behavioural skills and theory.
- Understanding suicide interventions.
- Engaging men in health interventions.
- Working with groups.
- Online and telephone counselling.
Geoff is an Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (Registered Member No: 373051).