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.
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”