The 10 guiding principles that inform my ethically sound and sustainable approach to work.
1. Our work together is collaborative. I'm not the expert on you (you are) and I believe you're intrinsically resourceful and you don't need fixing. My expertise is in facilitating the process.
2. I do not over pathologise human conditions and believe we are all interconnected to a natural self-organising, ecological system and given the right conditions can heal ourselves and the planet. We can't do one without the other.
3. While I recognise the power of the individual to change their own lives, I also recognise the influence and impact of the culture and environment each of us live within. I believe is important to recognise that we live in a system that is currently unsustainable. Transformation is the big challenge of our time.
4. My sessions are focussed in present moment with curiosity, compassion and non-judgement, recognising awareness, insight and growth come naturally from a mindfulness centred approach.
5. Sustained, profound and positive change is usually subtle in nature and happens gradually overtime.
6. My style draws from a range of different approaches and is holistic, meaning I recognise mind, body, psyche and nature are interconnected and influence each other.
7. I believe to be a good therapist, counsellor or coach you must not only have a good understanding of theory and practice but also be able to draw from your own direct personal experience within the therapeutic or coaching relationship.
8. Having practiced mindfulness meditation for more than 27 years and participating in annual silent retreats with leading Insight, Zen and MBSR teachers from around the world, I have maintained a commitment to deepening my own personal awareness, mindfulness and compassion. I believe this is essential in being able to be fully present for clients.
9. Our culture places too much emphasis on positive emotions but emotions are not inherently good or bad, positive or negative. Denying some emotions in favour of positive emotions is an avoidance or defence mechanism and is ultimately toxic and harmful. I believe all emotions are valuable and meaningful and can inform our moral compass.
10. I believe doing any kind of inner work is challenging and while it is important to step outside your comfort zone and take risks sometimes in order to grow you also need to find a balance and recognise when rest and recovery is more useful.
If you're interested in working with me find out more by contacting me.