“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be” - Lao Tzu.

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be” - Lao Tzu.

 East Meets West…

It is the combination of wisdom from years of practising Traditional Chinese Medicine through Shiatsu, along with the cerebral approach to counselling and the human psyche afforded by current trends in psychology and psychotherapy that gives me the depth and breadth of understanding in my practice to bring about lasting change in my clients. In fact it is not really much about me “doing” anything. Having practised meditation daily for the last twenty years, I am able to get into a state of “Presence” when I am listening intently and with full attention to my clients. This “Presence” is transmittable by a process rather like osmosis. The client receives its impact and by something known as entrainment they may be brought into a similar meditative state of relaxation. To encourage this, I also use visualisation, grounding and relaxation techniques. With an attitude of non-judgment and curiosity, I encourage my clients to experience on a very visceral level, the somatic effects brought about by their negative beliefs. This deep attention to and conscious experience of the body’s intelligence allows the client to release any beliefs that are no longer serving them. It is a simple, yet profoundly healing approach, that is born out of my many years of inquiry and experience.

The Zen Shiatsu approach that I trained in in the early 1990s in the UK, taught me to “be present with” another; to sit, and “hold space” for them, in a non-judgmental and compassionate way that would allow their own body the optimum conditions for self-healing. These skills are infintely beneficial in treating clients who come for counselling and psychotherapy. All the same practices apply!

Add to this the benefits of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy and you have a very effective formula.