Lifespan Integration Certified practitioner and UK Trainer / Counselling / Psychotherapy and Supervision / Spiritual guide / Humanistic / Integrative / Traumatology Pgdip
“We are all just walking each other home” – Ram Dass
I trained 25 years ago in Humanistic Person Centred Counselling. I then for 5 years, moved into working with recovering addicts as a group and 1-1 therapist in Norfolk. It was then I began to gather tools to work with trauma (which is beautifully transferable to non trauma therapy).
Over the next 15 years or so I have been committed to further training aspiring to be as effective in holding the space for people to heal as I can. My toolbox of further training include, Jungian Dream work, Somatic work, NLP and Hypnotherapy, CBT, Traumatology, Lifespan Integration.
I have had quite a journey of integrating more directive and structured approaches into my ‘trust the client model’ without compromising either seeming pole. I have come to a place of using all perspectives as needed, like a dance, sometimes stiller and sometimes active in response to what the client brings.
I have always had a yearning for truth and practiced Buddhism from the age of 25 both through a western Buddhist Order approach and also with an American teacher called Lama Tsultrim Allione. I found the identification with being a Buddhist constraining about 7 years ago and now enjoy being free to follow my intuitive calling, whilst remaining deeply grateful for the map that Buddhism offers. I have dived into pointing out instructions though the non duality lens. I love the simplicity and immediacy of Douglas Hardings ‘experiments’ on having no head. I enjoy Kirtan (devotional singing) and shamanic dance as ways to let go into bigger consciousness and I am fascinated by the mystery of the uni/multiverse. I am currently enjoying Matías De Stefano and I am in the process of training with a Trance Channelling teacher called Tony Stockwell. I am finding the times we live in, gripping, to say the least.
I believe that suffering is not only caused by trauma in this life, but from being cut offJ from truth, existentially and spiritually, which is why I work with the whole spectrum, believing, when listened to as a teacher, suffering is the calling us home to our natural state. The biggest trauma is of believing we are separate selves in a disconnected universe!
“Wholeness is not achieved by cutting off a portion of one’s being, but by integration of the contraries” – C.G. Jung
It is exciting times in the therapy world as so much is being discovered about the body mind system and the neuroscience behind effective therapy. For this reason I largely call on Lifespan Integration Therapy (LI) with ego states lost in time. LI uses timelines to literally (neurologically) show the body-mind system that the past trauma/pain is over and that whatever strategies were needed to survive then, can now, safely be upgraded.
My experience tells me that change only occurs when whole body mind insights happen. When it is really seen that the cost of staying the same outweighs the cost of change, only then can the old reactive ways of survival melt away.
I love to work with ‘parts’ or sub-personalities. It is also fascinating to me that we all seem to have ‘parts’ to our psyche and that the protector parts, who’s job is to keep us safe (and have usually done a pretty good job) needs to be respected and understood fully before the vulnerable parts feel safe enough to come out and be healed and integrated.
Qualifications and Training
I am a certified teacher and facilitator in a process called feeding your demons, which captures this approach well.
I am a teacher and consultant of an attachment trauma modality called Lifespan Integration and I am a qualified Traumatologist.
I have particular interests in trauma, gender and sexual diversity and positive creative ritual.
Currently my main influences and inspirations come from Carl Jung, Peggy Pace, Gabor Mate, Janina Fisher, Peter Levine, Tsultrim Allione, Carl Rogers and Richard Schwartz (Internal Family Systems).
I practice from a beautiful, safe and spacious room in The Wilbury Clinic in Hove which I run with my partner Sudakini.
I am a qualified active Supervisor and also deliver continuing professional development trainings in Sussex and beyond.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
I love delivering trainings of topics that inspire me.
I can also come to your venue and deliver a selection of trainings.
A Room With Soul
I believe that the space in which therapy takes place is important. I have put my heart into creating a safe beautiful, light room surrounded by nature, in a Victorian building in the heart of Hove, Brighton.