Like most therapists I didn't always do this. It was a windy road with some deep ditches. I was a sub-editor on newspapers in Dublin and London in my 20s. I became a father at 25 but after the relationship ended my child was taken to live a long way away. I followed, taking a job I didn't enjoy in PR. Soon the wheels fell off and I had a breakdown.
The help I received inspired me to volunteer as a listener at the Samaritans, the international suicide helpline, and I qualified with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) in 2018.
My therapy practice is integrative, which means that I offer approaches that feel right for each client. I'm grounded by person centred principles and my personal philosophy, although it is evolving, is probably best described as existential and transpersonal. I've been interested in history and philosophy all my life, and I studied anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
As a lifelong surfer and hiker I'm an advocate for healing in nature, especially through exercise. I also practice vipassana meditation, which is the ancient root of modern mindfulness techniques.
· Well rounded integrative therapist
· Person Centred principles
· Special interest in men's issues and neo-Jungian model of mature masculinity
· Training as a mentor with A Band Of Brothers (https://abandofbrothers.org.uk)
· Working 100% online since March 2020
Simply Counselling, Plymouth - 2017-2019 placement
Teens and adults (private), heart conditions (British Heart Foundation), parent and child & domestic abuse (National Lottery)
The Samaritans, Bradford and Truro - 2014-2016 volunteer
Calls, texts, emails from distressed and suicidal members of the public
Reclaim Your Inner Throne / Voice Dialogue / Existential Psychotherapy / Polyvagal Theory / Dissociative Identity Disorder / Existential Courage / Challenges of Orthodox Masculinity / Shame and Trauma / Expert Domestic Violence Risk Assessment / Sacred Masculinity / Domestic Violence / Attachment and Neuroscience / Trauma Informed Approaches / Death / Family Constellations / Anger, Rage and Relationship / Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults and Children / Cognitive Behavioural Therapy / Domestic Abuse and The Effects On Children
Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and Therapy; Plymouth University
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills; Cornwall College
BA (Hons) Anthropology (2:1); Goldsmiths, University of London
3 x A Levels (AAC); Truro School, Cornwall
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
· Hive Business, management consultants, Truro (2015-2021)
· Fine Company, management consultants, Falmouth (2014-2020)
· The Sun, London (Digital night editor, 2010-2013)
· Daily Mirror, Sunday Times, Metro, Irish Independent, Sunday Independent (Sub-editor, 2007-2010)
HOBBIES Vipassana meditation, surfing, walking, nature, history, philosophy
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