“Increased awareness leads to better choices and improved outcomes.”
I became engaged in this unfolding process of Personal Development in my 20s, when a relationship ended and my friend recommended a mediation course. This has led me into a life committed to working on myself and supporting others.
I grew up in New Zealand, but came to Australia via an extended overseas adventure many years ago.
I consider Process work, developed by Dr. Arny Mindell, to be foundational in shaping the perspective that it is possible to attune to something like a “dreaming process” that is not necessarily evident in the stories we tell about ourselves. However, our egos are keen to maintain long-held models of behaviour - even when they are outmoded and ineffective. Our work can be to endeavour to shake the foundations of these tree-like structures, to see if any acorns, or nuggets of insight and wisdom, can be coaxed from the tree.
I have also studied a breadth of Psychotherapeutic modalities, particularly valuing Michael White’s Narrative Therapy, which invites us to open to the diversity of narratives which may co-exist in the context of our identity and sense of place.
Meditation practice has become a regular part of my ways of being, having also learnt through the the intense 10-day silent Vipassana practice as well as less rigorous approaches. I have learnt the value of maintaining a daily practice. I value ritual and ritual space and see many benefits in investing time and energy to creating this more in our lives. My relationship with drawing cards (tarot/runes/kabbalah) to affirm a relationship with something mysterious and beyond the limits of my mind and identity form a regular part of my meditation practice.
I made a medicine drum some time ago, and enjoy connecting with time-honoured ancestral lines which connect me to the land, masculinity and sexuality. I also play the singing bowls and find their tones transcedental.
i grew up with a strong sense of Jewish communal identity. However, it was only through studyiing Jewish Renewal and Kabbalah that I was able to find a nourishing engagement with religious observance. Inspiring spiritual teacher, Ram Dass (formerly Richard Alpert) suggested that his Jewish heritage taught him about three things: Study, Suffering, and “the One in the Many”.
My spiritual path has led me to experience many approaches to the One, particularly informed by the books of Carlos Castaneda and other South American pathways.
I have delighted in movement throughout my life and was introduced to “5 Rhythms” at a Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert. I love to use my body to express my creativity, my emotionality and my divinity. It is a great release in my life, and I am constantly learning and developing through this practice. My therapeutic style is inevitably linked to acknowledging the Somatic (body-oriented) experience and the wealth of material that can be stored in the archaeology of our bodies. Breath also is a key tool in this unfolding.
While being gay has sometimes placed me in the outskirts of society, I feel it can a wonderful perspective. It has catapulted me into a study of gender and sexuality which can prove a valuable asset within the therapeutic frame.
My Geminian character enjoys travel with an insatiable curiosity to explore the unknown. This has also led me towards the value of Psychedelics and the developing body of both statistical and anecdotal evidence pointing to their efficacy in addressing psychotherapeutic and psycho-spiritual matters.
The PandoraStar is a Deep Trance Meditation Machine, which emits strong LED lights in a range of sequences to evoke patterns and states of awareness. I find it a useful addition to the tools the assist both myself and my clients as it feels appropriate
I recently moved to Melbourne after spending most of my adult life in Sydney. I am enjoying exploring the life and culture of Melbourne.
I am in the final stages of my Certificate in Psychedelic-assisted Therapy with Mind Medicine Australia which I see as a very exciting development in the realm of mental health outcomes. However, it will be a long slow process before I envisage these protocols becoming available to the general public.