ELIZABETH HEARN: Treating Intrusive Thoughts and the Inner Critical Voice.







What do I specialise in?
I specialise in  holistic psychotherapy that places at its focal point the importance of having the   spectrum of feelings known, understood, and held.  Sessions  explore the ways in which the space between the practitioner and clients   is used as a generative  healing realm.


How do I  help clients to work on their  individual recovery ?
My aim whenever I see a new client is to really try to understand their individual narrative  before devising any sort of treatment,  I understand the  attention to lived experiences  is beneficial  – simply applying a ‘one-size-fits-all’ guideline is very unlikely to be an effective strategy for long term success.

 There is far more to being  successful in life than the pursuit of  the two traditional metrics of success: the unbridled pursuit of power and money. The global existential crisis in humanity  is in  the   disconnection experienced within ourselves,  our family and peers.

Addiction and or addictive behaviours  are composed of the following three elements: obsession or preoccupation, a felt sense  of being out of control, and continuation of a behavior despite adverse physical or psychological consequences.

Two additional elements that may or may not be present are tolerance (progressively needing more of the object of addiction in order to get the same effect) and withdrawal symptoms.

What addictive behaviours  suggests is that what constitutes an addiction has more to do with how the object of addiction impacts a person’s life than it does with the quantity of that object consumed or experienced.

Drawing on evidence based  research and scientific findings in the fields of neuro-psychology, self mastery’s  profoundly  transformational  elements   identifies  the psychological, biological, and social currents that contribute to  anxiety, depression, addictive disorders and stress-related illness

I want to teach you  how to   reconnect to altered mind states and personality traits  of consciously living consciously. Stilling the mind is the daily practice  of one of  two  recommended styles of meditation: Engaged one on one silent meditation  or  Entrained  music meditation  via headphones.


Each moment of our lives, from birth to death, there is the opportunity to  be…aware, present, emotionally, spiritually present to all this is. Self mastery is the openhearted connection to a  primary purpose: consciously living consciously. 

Lived experiences:
Insights in the four types of brain waves, and the practice of carefully designed meditation exercises that lead to a mastery of each type, can vastly improve  purpose, intention,  focus, memory, concentration, and overall mental awareness in the immediacy of everyday life.

The brain-wave patterns of spiritual teachers, artists, high-performing professionals, athletes,  possess heightened mental awareness and clarity:  specific brain-wave patterns in which the four categories of brain waves—alpha, beta, theta, and delta—are combined in a distinct configuration, referred to as the Awakened Mind.  


Neuroimaging  of the brainwave activity of  Tibetan monks  advanced planes of consciousness reveal  visibly noticeable   Alpha, Theta and Delta brainwaves  stimulated in the brainwaves  associated with intention, motivation, relaxation, awareness, visualization,  creative expression, learning, focus, memory, and restorative healing.

Traditional in-the-zone meditation is challenging  to quieten  the mind and reach Alpha, Theta and Delta states that are necessary for meditation to be effective. Fortunately, research has proven that brainwave entrainment  is both stimulated and strengthened with sound frequencies. 

I have been practicing a specific form of   Tonglen Meditation: the daily practice  of “Giving and Receiving” –  being in flow with life –    for over 30 years. Every day in every way I continue to thrive.  Tonglen meditation  when practised will awaken our natural  potential for  self – compassion. If we don’t have this to give – we can not be be generous  of spirit with others.

I anchor personal integrity in  my  ability to be present to my individual  suffering and the suffering of others. Tonglen  is  a practice of great kindness that opens up our essential  being to the overwhelming presence of suffering in others and our strength and willingness to transform disconnection  into compassion through the energy of self-acceptance  and the cultivation of openness.

I am a leading existentialist  addiction therapist, former film producer, magazine editor, photo-journalist and art-director in longterm (29 years)  recovery from process addictions. My approach is  compassionate,  informed by  evidence-based  research into  neurobiology of addiction, depression, trauma and  stress in conjunction with Transactional Analysis, Gestalt Psychotherapy, Hypno-psychotherapy, and  Zen/Tonglen  Meditation.  

While science has done a superb job of mapping the cosmos, mapping the Earth, and mapping the genome, it has not yet created a comprehensive map of perhaps the most important terrain of all: our minds. Over thousands of years, the contemplative traditions have confronted the same challenges in charting the underpinnings of human suffering and what constrains us.

Addiction recovery is a self-renewing continuum of transformative disciplines,  Anchored in personal integrity, effortless self-compassion   is  connecting  with WHAT IS happening in the present moment, without fear, and with  the permission, potency and protection of your essential being. 

Thriving is the ability to directly experience the truth of our lives with a minimum of agitation, distraction, fear  of uncertainty and doubt. All somatic  therapies  begin with the breath. Bringing the attention back to breath…continuously engenders a return to calmness.

The mind-state we are seeking to cultivate is tranquil, relaxed, open. Then…we are comfortable with uncertainty, we can trust in the process, and be  in the flow of experience. Meditation  a two prong approach: disciplines and action,  a way of self-transformation through self-observation   on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind.

It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves self-obsession, resulting in a balanced mind and compassionate  approach.

“You can heal your life”