David Sherborn-Hoare built up a practice with 4 offices and 30+ staff with a turnover of £1.5m after starting out from the spare bedroom of his home. He held a number of honorary positions with the RICS, played rugby, lectured at the Royal Agricultural College and described himself as “the life and soul of the party”.
But a secret lack of confidence in his own abilities drove him to work intensely. His marriage ended acrimoniously and he says: “Eventually one Saturday morning while sitting at my kitchen table I found I could not get up.
"I had in a literal sense broken down.”
After eventually receiving therapy, he later trained as a psychotherapist himself. He now has a private clinical practice and also advises businesses.
He says: “My advice to any business is to have policies and practices that involved informed psychological support. I promise in your business there will be people like me and others with different but nonetheless affected states of mind.”