About Me

Hello, my name is

Chris Skoyles

I’m a writer and therapist with a passion for helping others and doing what I can to make the world a better place.

I began my career as a music journalist and concert promoter before a series of happy accidents led me into the world of digital marketing, web design, and SEO. 

Later, after suffering from a series of mental and physical health problems, I retrained as a counsellor, therapist, and NLP practitioner and launched a popular YouTube channel so that I could help others to overcome the kind of problems I once faced in life.

Today, I focus on running my private therapy practice in Liverpool, England while continuing to write about the subjects that I’m most passionate about.

Outside of work, I’m passionate about music and running. I enjoy  movies, photography, playing bass guitar, and spending time with my amazing partner, Melissa.

Career Highlights (so far)

Began my career as a trainee journalist with a regional publication distributed to 40,000 homes per quarter. Though I started covering general news and events, I found my niche writing about music, the regional entertainment scene, and sports. 

My work in music journalism and passion for live music led to a side-gig as a concert promoter, rock DJ and emcee at live concerts. 

I also began doing part-time work supporting unsigned artists with marketing and PR.

Completed my National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) in Preston, Lancashire. 

Scored my first gigs as a freelance writer, with my work featured in publications such as Classic Rock magazine

Began a new role as a Youth Media Officer with WLCT, a third-sector organization in my hometown of Wigan.

My role was to help young people get their voices heard through local media and to help raise awareness of youth issues via print and digital media.

Though my early days in this role relied on my writing and PR skills, I eventually transitioned to focusing more on digital media and marketing by building websites and being the first person within the organization to make use of social media platforms for marketing and communication.

Outside of my day job, my passion for music led me to co-founding Hangman Records, a short-lived record label and live event promotions company.

Hangman Records produced several EPs for independent artists and launched a number of succesful concerts, including an all-day charity festival in aid of male cancer charity, Everyman,

Co-wrote, directed, and edited a documentary, Just Another Sport which examined the impact of skate park facilities on local communities.

The documentary was successful in helping to secure funding for a new skatepark in my hometown.

Joined the team behind Haigh Fest, a large-scale music festival for independent musicians in Wigan. 

As well as being part of the selection committee responsible for putting the line-up together, I was also responsible for the event’s digital marketing strategy through which I helped to increase attendance over three consecutive years. 

In 2011, I also acted as Master of Ceremonies for the event.

In my last big acheivement as a Media Officer, I built a local youth-orientated website and successfully grew it from 0 – 100,000 page views per month.

The website is sadly no longer live.

Quit my job as a Media Officer to take control of my life and career.

My first freelance project involved travelling to Minnesota to provide Public Relations support to the annual Dylan Days Arts & Music Festival in Hibbing.

Started my first business, OneCo Creative -a digital marketing agency focussing on web design, content marketing, and Search Engine Optimization. I closed this business in 2015 to focus exclusively on content writing.

Launched my YouTube channel making content on quitting smoking, mental health, and overcoming self-sabotage.

Began training in person-centered counselling at St. Helens College before moving to complete my training at City of Liverpool College.

Published my first book, Quit Smoking and Be Happy.

Qualified in solution-focused hypnotherapy and launched my private therapy practice, CJS Therapy.

Later that year, I also qualified as an NLP Practitioner and NCSCT-Certified Smoking Cessation Practitioner.

Graduated as qualified person-centered counsellor from City of Liverpool College and integrated counselling into my private therapy practice.

I continue to write about subjects I’m passionate about while supporting others through CJS Therapy. 

I am always on the lookout for new opportunities to help make the world a better place.