There is an art to living well. Learning ‘the art of living’ does not happen through labelling and focusing on ‘fixing what is wrong’. Quite the contrary the symptoms, in the form of emotional and physical discomfort, inform us that something in our environment requires attention. Not unlike the warning lights in a car, they provide the information needed to adjust your actions in accordance with the environment as it unfolds.
Framed in this context, symptoms such as 'depression' and 'anxiety' are not only useful; they are an essential sign of health. Listening to them - rather than trying to suppress them or get rid of them – leads to a deeper understanding of self and the work required to ourselves from those life situations which are no longer useful or acceptable to our current situation.
Symptoms and issues people routinely bring to work with:
· unexplained body symptoms
· loss of direction and meaning
· the inner critic
· shame and guilt
· loss of creativity
· early trauma and/or neglect
· bereavement and loss
What you can expect from our work together?
Relationships thrive in spaces that are mutually respectful and democratic. In using the word democratic, I am not referring to the Greek, "Demo-Kratie" – government by the people – but instead, the deep democracy outlined by Arnold Mindell. Deep democracy requires the loving and respectful inclusion of all levels of reality.
An essential part of deep democracy is learning to bring a neutral curiosity to whatever is unfolding. This enables both facilitator and client to evoke meaning rather than impose meaning. To receive whatever is unfolding. And to enact rather than describe what is happening.
As a practitioner focusing on process, my approach is 'collaboratively invented', improvised and created from session to session, from moment to moment.
Qualifications and experience
As a practitioner, my work draws on the teachings of Ericksonian hypnotherapy, creative improvisation and more recently process work. My studies have taken me to Portland, Oregon, Los Angeles, Arizona, Paris and Budapest. In 2017, I completed a 1-year foundation training in Process Work in London. In 2018, I enrolled as a student on the Self Guided Diplomate training with the Process Work Institute in Portland, Oregon. You can find out more about the Process Work Institute and the Self Guided Diplomate course here.
Other significant influences on my practice include work with Bradford Keeney and Hilary Keeney. As with Process Work, Sacred Ecstatics is a commitment that goes beyond qualifications and is a lifelong commitment to learning. You can find out more about Bradford Keeney here and Hillary Keeney here. Prior to this, I completed a one-year training in Creativity and Leadership with The London Institute of Creativity. I am a student of Vipassana Meditation and a father. I have been practising Vipassana for 18 years and being a father for 26 years. I am grateful to my teachers.
I see a diverse range of individuals, couples and groups. I am interested in world work as outlined by Amy & Arnold Mindel and building community. You can find out more about world work here.
I particularly enjoy working with people in their 20's and 30's who want to claim back their energy/passion for life and find their unique essence and with it, a sense of meaningful purpose.
I offer face-to-face appointments in Macclesfield, as well as online appointments via zoom.
Sessions usually last one hour*.
I have a sliding scale for fees which currently stands at:
Individual: £55 - £75 per hour
Couples: £75 - £95 per hour
The fee depends upon individual circumstances and is something we can discuss during the initial consultation.
If we decide to work together you will be asked to complete a Declaration of Participant Awareness. The purpose of this document is to ensure that our relationship is based on a clear understanding of how we will work together.
*Please note that occasionally, a session may last longer than one hour if the work we are immersed in requires it, however, I will always check prior to our session re any restrictions on your time.
Next steps and making contact
If this approach sounds right for you, then the next step would be to arrange an initial meeting.
You can contact me on 01625 648 858 or by email using the link on the right-hand side of this page.
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