Courses

My therapy work has got me interested in the field of energy psychology.

Working with trauma - highly painful, emotionally-charged events from the past that impact on the here-and-now - psychologist and therapist have started working with bodywork techniques. There is a practice called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming) which the NHS now uses as its standard treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (which is when past trauma flashes into the present as if it were happening now). EMDR involves people recalling their difficult memories while following a moving spot (usually a finger) with their eyes.

There are other procedures (using tapping on the acupuncture meridian points or the 'chakras' of Eastern medicine) which have a similar effect: a movement or stimulation of the body seems to have a powerful effect on our emotional and thought patterns. Practices like EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) or AIT (Advanced Integrative Therapy) have proved very successful in the treatment of phobias, panic attacks, traumas.

Since almost all our negative mindstates can be traced back to 'little T' traumas then these techniques also have an exciting application in general therapy and meditation practice.

After the lovely warm group that gathered at Spa Road for the last weekend workshop in November, we've decided to run another set of weekends in the Shrine Room in Bermondsey.

Even as the British winter shivers in, I am tremendously excited about Mindsprings summer excursion to Iceland.

I'm delighted to say that I'm going to be working more at the Spa Road Buddhist Centre in Bermondsey.

Just to let you know that the podcasts of the Eight Week Course in South Kensington are now available on iTunes (under Mindsprings on the Podcast page) or direct from this website.

We've started into Autumn with a new 8 week course at the Evolve Wellness Centre in South Kensington. It's fun being mindful right slap-bang in the middle of the Science Museum and the Natural History museum.

Following the cancellation of the Special Yoga Centre classes due to re-building work, I'm delighted to say we're starting a new eight week evening course at Evolve Wellness Centre in South Kensington.

One of the books that I most enjoyed this summer was Christopher Germer's The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.

Through November, I'm going to be teaching at the new centre at Spa Road.
It's a beautifully renovated Victorian civic library and is now a centre for Buddhist studies, alternative healing, yoga and meditation. We're delighted to be involved.