For some of us firefighting is a metaphor for how we deal with difficult days, for Hoffman Graduate and firefighter Dean, it is his work. Every day he faces physical and mental challenges that the rest of us are protected from. However, the downside of this is the amount of stress and anxiety that he finds himself in. Before Dean did the Process he would wake up thinking:
Monday morning. Another week but the same fears. I can’t face going to work. But I’ve already taken so many sick days due to stress and depression, so I phone in and book another days holiday. It makes my sickness record look slightly better but hides the true facts.‘ He goes on to say, ‘I’d spent what seems an age in counselling and different therapies and on anti-depressants. For some these work. For me, and many others, it was a sticking plaster trying to cover an open wound.

In such a ‘macho’ field it can be difficult for people in Dean’s position to admit that emotions are affecting work performance. Luckily the fire service embraced a more holistic understanding of a healthy workforce so when Dean approached his Occupational Health Department to ask about participating in the Hoffman Process they were very supportive and able to see the long-term benefits. Four months after completing the Hoffman Process we spoke to Dean to find out how he was getting on, he replied:

Since the Process I’ve discovered ‘Me’ and am more effective at work and happier at home. Things that I enjoy but had stopped doing I’ve now taken up again, such as writing and painting. I understand the difference between what I thought I wanted, and what I actually need. And this morning. I woke up content, and happy. I didn’t have to work at it. It was, quite simply, within me. I found the Process quite simply head and shoulders above anything else I’d tried and, most importantly; it worked.