It’s hard to believe this but I began my first counselling training over 25 years ago and have been going strong ever since then. Having said that its hard to believing i have been in this business for so long.
Every time i work with a person or a group for that matter it feels like virgin territory. Being a Therapist and group facilitator is not like being a plumber, its not a quick fix neither can I ever rest comfortably in the knowing that i know it all and have done it all. Every time I engage the therapuetic alliance, I am humbled by the robustness of the human spirit and humanity need and obession for happiness and meaning.
The experience is mostly deeply moving and deeply satisfying. often people ask say to me things like – “how can you cope with all the suffering that you have to deal with?” or “ Isn’t it exhausting listening to people problems all day long?”. Well its actually not, its inspiring and challenging, intense and profoundly enlightening seeing how people intergrate their learning and discover how they can be the best they can be.
I am very grateful to the experience i have had in my past because having to endure the emotional hardships that life dealt me has allowed me to guide others through the emotional jungle reminding them that they can learn to navigate themselves out of the internal hell they have created for themselves and for others from time to time.
‘Some people can’t control their anger, other people can’t begin to express it. Either way, Mike can help.’
– Evening Standard
M.Eng., M.A.(Ed.), PGCE
When I first heard about mindfulness and meditation, I was a little hesitant. Meditation sounded esoteric and I wasn’t sure how I could possibly benefit from the art of mindfulness. However, after attending an evening class in mindfulness, and completing an eight week course in mindfulness, I was hooked! I had discovered an incredible way of transforming my inner state of mind and living a life of purpose, calm and focus. I began to see a whole different way of meeting life, from just thinking all the time, to connecting with my senses and noticing the beauty, wonder and awe around me. I realised life is about this moment now, rather than constantly planning the future or worrying about the past.
I’m very passionate about mindfulness. I’ve taught mindfulness meditation in adult groups and through distance learning courses for over 10 years. i trained at Bangor University, and attended trainings by Thich Nhat Hanh, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Matthieu Ricard. I’ve also been fortunate to attend talks by the Dalai Lama too.
I run an organisation that trains people to use mindfulness from all walks of life. I also specifically train in mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy either through innovative and powerful distance learning courses, one to one, or in groups, often in London.