An overview of my training and experience 

My initial training was broad based covering the important aspects of the approaches psychodynamic, CBT, Behaviourism, Cognitive therapy, Gestalt and  Person-centred . After my initial training I received further training in teaching Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy courses. Mindfulness and the Buddhist psychological perspective it originates from, integrated with elements from the above approaches and some common sense, are central to my holistic perspective of how best to understand ourselves and best deal with inevitable unhappiness and crises that occur in our lives.

I began studying/training in psychotherapy at the VolksUniversiteit in Amsterdam in 1996. A year later I began practicing supervised counselling and psychotherapy. I returned to England in 2002 to complete my psychotherapy training with  the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy where I was awarded, in 2005, an Advanced Diploma in Hypnosis and Psychotherapy after completion of my dissertation 'Could Hypnosis Be a Useful Adjunct to Cognitive Behavioural Therapies in The Treatment of Depression'.

 In 1996 I had my first instruction in meditation in Amsterdam and have practised this and other forms of mindfulness meditation ever since. My meditation practice has developed and deepened over the years and I now teach mindfulness meditation. In 2005 I completed the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) teacher development training with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at University of Wales Bangor. I've been running mindfulness MBCT courses in Bath area since 2007.

 In 2009 I completed further MBCT training with Exeter University and was appointed supervisor to post graduate students on Exeter University MBCT diploma courses. In 2010 I provided the MBCT correspondence course for staff at Loughborough University's Counselling Service. I'm part of Exeter University's associate staff network providing supervision, advice on service development and training (see: http://www.exeter-mindfulness-network.org/about-us-associate-staff.php). In 2013 facilitated the MBCT course on Bath University's Doctorate Clinical Psychology  programme.

My travels and varied careers around the world have brought me in contact with a great variety of people from all walks or life, nationalities and cultures. This, along with my life experience, has helped me greatly to empathise with the very wide range of issues which my clients are experiencing.

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