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Working With Trauma in Clinical Practice

This clinical and intensive workshop entitled ‘Working With Trauma in Clinical Practice’ was conducted for a Private Counselling Agency in Cardiff in November, 2017. Using theory, case study examples and experiential work those in attendance developed a rich understanding about trauma, how it is defined, its experiential layers and how trauma is causally linked with the nature of specific types of events. Dissociated trauma, dissociated ‘memory’ and dissociative mechanisms utilised as a means of survival against overwhelm were addressed alongside how to transform the enduring imprints of trauma at somatic, emotional and cognitive levels. A ‘Trauma Therapists Toolkit’ was shared as well as important education about management, containment and the role of the therapist.

Training/Agenda items include:

  • What is Trauma?
  • The Trauma Imprint?
  • Dissociation?
  • Healing Trauma?
  • Traumatic Events and Categories.
  • Trauma defined.
  • Initial exposure to a traumatic event.
  • Dissociation.
  • The enduring imprint of traumatic experiences.
  • Longstanding effects at all levels of human experiencing to include: Somatic, Cognitive, Emotional, Meaning Making/Existential, Relational.
  • Dissociated Trauma.
  • Dissociated Memory, dissociative mechanisms and dissociated ‘memories’.
  • Trauma Inducing Activators and Implicit Memories.
  • The Trauma Therapists Toolkit.
  • Initial stages: information, management and containment.
  • The Role of the Therapist.
  • Cathartic Release.
  • Use of bridges for cathartic release and dissociated ‘memory’ retrieval.
  • Use of bridges for somatic, emotional and cognitive ‘memory’ retrieval.
  • Intrusive Images: Flashbacks.
  • Storytelling.
  • Intrusive Thoughts: Shaming Stories.
  • Identity Stories.
  • Identity stories and Gestalt techniques.
  • Perpetrator stories. 
  • New narratives, meaning making and integration.
  • Case study examples.
  • Conclusion.
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The Therapeutic Use of Crystals in Regression Therapy

This workshop entitled ‘The Therapeutic Use of Crystals in Regression Therapy’ was offered at the SRTA Convention held in Oxford, UK, in May 2017. The workshop was both educational and highly experiential and included discussing crystals and their purpose and usage, specific ways in which crystals ‘work’ and how to use crystals in Regression Therapy and for self-development/self-evolution. Examples of particular high vibrational crystals for personal and professional use were addressed and the particular stages in Regression Therapy where crystals can be used to bring about physical transformation and healing.

  • Crystals and their purpose and usage.
  • How and why do crystals ‘work’?
  • Crystals for self-development/self-evolution.
  • Crystals to clear, cleanse and calm.
  • How, when and why to use crystals in Regression Therapy?
  • Body Placement of crystals.
  • The Chakras: Energy Centres.
  • Pendulum Method.
  • Using a simple crystal layout to balance the Chakras.
  • List of appropriate Chakra Crystals.
  • Working with specific crystals to bring about physical transformation.
  • Experiential work.
  • Case examples.
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Ghosts and Earthbound Spirits: Clearing Ghostly Imprints and Healing the Dead

In this presentation entitled ‘Ghosts and Earthbound Spirits: Clearing Ghostly Imprints and Healing the Dead’ which was offered in Somerset, UK, in July 2018 I offered a wide range of information about Spirit Release Therapy and the purpose of this approach.

Key dimensions of the presentation included how to discern energies present in locations, and Spirit Attachments and Possession cases. Case examples were shared throughout as well as in-depth analysis of what constitutes energy residues and how to clear them and what must be recognized as energy intrusion and how to remove this.Examples of haunted locations were discussed including: The Old Red Lion, Crumlin Road Gaol and Mary King’s Close.

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The Liminality of Modern-Day Exorcism

This presentation entitled ‘The Liminality of Modern-Day Exorcism’ was offered at The Supernatural in Contemporary Society Conference, held at Robert Gordon’s University in Aberdeen, UK, in August, 2018. The presentation was offered under the banner of ‘The Supernatural as Profession’ and I discussed my roles as a Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist in Private Practice and a Modern-day Exorcist/Spirit Release Practitioner. I reviewed Traditional Exorcism from a Western cultural, ritualistic and religious perspective, and its polarisation with Spirit Release Therapy. Where exactly does modern-day Exorcism fit given the ontological and epistemological problems and polarities between Paranormal Investigators, Marketed ghostly Sites, The Psychological Field and Society.

Training/Agenda items include:

  • Talking under the banner of ‘The Supernatural as Profession’ as a Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist in Private Practice and a Modern-day Exorcist/Spirit Release Practitioner.
  • Review of Traditional Exorcism from a Western cultural perspective, explanation about Spirit Release Therapy, addressing of a range of polarities, and asking of the question, “Where does modern-day Exorcism fit?”
  • Traditional Exorcism “And he gave them authority over unclean spirits with power to cast them out” (Matthew 10:1).
  • Modern-day Exorcism: Spirit Release Therapy “The Christian way of looking at the world has no room for Earthbound Spirits, only for demons” (Komianos, p.44, 2011).
  • Earthbound Spirits & Spirit Attachments.
  • Trapped – Inability to Transition.
  • What are the underlying premises of the Spirit Release Therapist and where does modern-day exorcism fit?
  • Ontological and epistemological problems and polarities between Paranormal Investigators, Marketed ghostly Sites, The Psychological Field and Society.
  • Where to Next?
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Working With Tarot Cards in Regression Therapy

This workshop entitled ‘Working With Tarot Cards in Regression Therapy’ was offered at the SRTA Convention in Oxford, UK, in June 2015. Content included working with the Tarot beyond divination, and understandingwhy, via the use of case study examples, working with Tarot symbols can assist in effective Hypnotic Regression.

Training/Agenda items include:

  • The Tarot.
  • Beyond Divination.
  • Why working with Tarot symbols can assist in Hypnotic Regression.
  • Whys is all of this important: selective attention and effective hypnosis.
  • Case study examples.
  • Initial Engagement and clients shifting their focus inwards.
  • Conclusions.
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Healing The Dead

This presentation entitled ‘ Healing The Dead’ was offered at the SRTA Convention in Oxford, UK, in June 2015. The purpose of the presentation was to share a range of methods and techniques I use to assist and bring completion and healing to Earthbound Spirits and Spirit Attachments.

Training/Agenda items include:

  • Methodology: How I work with Earthbound Spirits and Spirit Attachments.
  • What are Earthbound Spirits and Spirit Attachments.
  • Inability to transition.
  • Primary methods of healing.
  • Reactivation of consciousness.
  • The power of Regression Therapy and healing the dead using transformational techniques from Regression Therapy. Including: The Death Point, moving through time, meeting loved ones, cathartic release, body therapy, cognitive reframing and soul retrieval prior to transition.
  • Perpetrators and loved ones: Love is the tie that binds and endures.
  • Grief and trauma.
  • Conclusions.
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Transforming Past Life Trauma

This workshop entitled ‘Transforming Past Life Trauma’ was offered at the SRTA Convention in Oxford, UK in May, 2017. The workshop included education around the following topics: Past Life and Current Life Traumatic Events, the causal structure between the event and trauma, symptoms of trauma, dissociation and dissociative ‘memory’, trauma inducing activators and implicit memories,  the energetic effects of trauma and how to transform trauma using a variety of psychotherapeutic and energetic methods.

Training/Agenda items include:

  • Traumatic Events – Current Life.
  • Traumatic Events – Past Life.
  • Causal structure between the event and trauma.
  • Symptoms of trauma.
  • Dissociation and dissociative ‘memory’.
  • Trauma inducing activators and implicit memories.
  • The energetic effects of trauma.
  • Transforming Trauma: Removal of objects, use of somatic, emotional and cognitive bridges, relational trauma, uncoupling fields, energy call backs,  energy paybacks, spiritual helpers and additional techniques.
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Negotiating The Enduring Trauma Imprint In Critical Incidents

This presentation entitled ‘Negotiating The Enduring Trauma Imprint In Critical Incidents’ was offered at the BACP ‘Critical Incident Trauma: Prepared not Scared Conference’ held in Edinburgh, UK, in April 2018. Topics embraced included discussing the multifaceted disparity between ‘thinking about’ and ‘responding to’ trauma from within the organisational fields of clinical practice and psychological first responding. A well-considered and ethical reconciliation is required alongside: What to do? Where to do it? and Who to do it with?

We are entering a new world order in terms of critical incidents, with a significant rise in intentional and non-intentional human-made disasters. These human-to-human acute traumas have been evidenced to cause more psychological disturbance and enduring psychiatric symptoms and distress. Such a disaster promotes a human response towards the victims and a heightened identificatory ability to ‘walk in their shoes’.

There appears to be a multifaceted disparity between ‘thinking about’ and ‘responding to’ trauma from within the organisational fields of clinical practice and psychological first responding, which requires well-considered and ethical reconciliation. These polarities not only raise the questions: What to do? Where to do it? and Who to do it with? But they also create conceptual and practical voids, which deter appropriate and swift action in the aftermath of a critical incident.

We need a new model of skilled preparedness, which seeks to prevent, rather than cure, which can be embraced and funded by organisations and enacted with immediacy. To therapeutically assist those in need, we have to come out of the consulting room and become embedded within the cohesive communities which form. This positively supports resilience and recovery and allows for the co-processing of shared traumatic experiences.

Training/Agenda items include:

  • Overview of trauma, the trauma imprint, enduring effects at all levels of human experiencing.
  • The use of protective dissociative mechanisms which embed and exacerbate the trauma imprint.
  • Types of imprinted dissociated memories.
  • Why all this happens.
  • Assistance to metabolise and process the subjective distress via the client’s involvement in acute, critical incident trauma.
  • Examples of interventions used in clinical practice to metabolise and process the trauma imprint and dissociative symptoms.
  • Examples from Grenfell Tower and key clinical considerations.
  • Recognition of resilience and the capacity of the human spirit to self-heal, ability to process and metabolise their own suffering.
  • Impacts and effects: Assumptive world, Cognitive effects, Emotional effects, Somatic effects, Relational effects, Existential effects.
  • Aspects of the therapeutic work: Authenticity, Containment, Empathy, Ethics and Symbolisation.
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Working With Crystals In Regression Therapy, Oslo, Norway, 2020, date to be confirmed

Working With Crystals In Regression Therapy is the title of a theoretical and experiential workshop to be offered to the Norwegian Association for Regression Therapy (NFRT) in Oslo, Norway, in 2020. This informative workshop will include learning about and working with: Crystals and their purpose and usage, how a crystal ‘works’ to include their crystal habit, mineralology, crystallography and rock classification. We will explore specific crystals for self-development and self-evolution to include Lapis Lazuli, Azeztulite, Moldavite, Isua Stones, Quantum Quattro as well as beneficial crystals to use in Regression Therapy, when to use them and for what purposes. We will, as an example, embrace training in the use of crystals for physical transformation, the removal of objects and cutting (Knives, Cords and Ropes, Bondage/Mummification). We will also work with pendulums and crystal layouts.

Training/Agenda items include:

  • Definition of a Crystal
  • Examples of amorphous, resinous and glassy.
  • Crystals and their purpose and usage.
  • Discussion around complex diagram about how a crystal ‘works’, crystal habit, mineralology, crystallography and rock classification.
  • Crystals for self development and self evolution: Lapis Lazuli, Azeztulite, Moldavite, Isua Stones, Quantum Quattro.
  • Using crystals in Regression Therapy.
  • Working with specific crystals to balance, calm and soothe the energy body.
  • Physical transformation – Removal of objects and cutting: Knives, Cords and Ropes, Bondage/Mummification, Cannonball.
  • Crystals for physical transformation.
  • Clear quartz pendulum clearing: working with a pendulum to release blocks in the Chakras.
  • Using a simple crystal layout to balance the Chakras.
  • Appropriate Chakra Crystals.
  • Experiential work.
  • Conclusion.
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Ghosts In The Therapy Room: Traumatic Experiences Of The Living and The Dead, Oslo, Norway, 2020, date to be confirmed

Ghosts in the Therapy Room: Traumatic Experiences of the Living and the Dead, is the title of a workshop to be offered to the Norwegian Association for Regression Therapy (NFRT) in Oslo, Norway, in 2020. This is a very in-depth workshop which spans a great deal of material around current life and past life trauma and how it endures if it is not metabolized. The workshop also has as a key feature, how to understand and work with traumatic experiences of the dead prior to transitioning them. Also key working aspects of Spirit Release Therapy.

Training/Agenda items include:

  • What is trauma.
  • The trauma imprint.
  • Dissociation.
  • Working with trauma.
  • Current life and Past life trauma.
  • Spirit release.
  • Trauma and Earthbound spirits.
  • Working with spirit intrusion.
  • Tools and techniques.
  • The enduring imprint of traumatic experiences: cognitive responses and symptoms, emotional responses and symptoms, somatic responses and symptoms, relational responses and symptoms, existential responses and symptoms.
  • Traumas whether directly experienced or dissociated need to be processed.
  • Protective dissociative mechanisms embed and exacerbate the trauma imprint.
  • Dissociation can occur due to overwhelm in the system.
  • Dissociative ‘memory’, overwhelm and the Trauma Imprint.
  • Metabolisation and processing of traumatic experiences and associated responses and symptoms.
  • Past life trauma, inability to process and bleed through.
  • Examples of interventions used in clinical practice to metabolise and process trauma and dissociative symptoms.
  • The Trauma Therapist’s toolkit.
  • Working with trauma: initial stages.
  • Transforming trauma, use of bridges: somatic, emotional & cognitive.
  • Transforming trauma, using questions during bridge work.
  • Transforming trauma: the talking cure, cathartic release, working with intrusive images, psychoeducation, removal of objects, relational trauma, uncoupling energy fields, energy call back, energy payback, spiritual helpers, interplane communication, transformational chairwork and inner child work. 
  • Death is not the end: The body dies but consciousness lives on.
  • Trauma and deceased spirits.
  • Trauma and unfinished business: failure to transition to the light.
  • Dissociation pre-death.
  • Spirit Attachments and the host/spirit intersect.
  • Grief and trauma.
  • Spirit Release Therapy: Ontology, epistemology & Therapeutic foundations.
  • Protocols, methods and approaches in Spirit Release: Remote methods, assisting the client to communicate with the intrusive energy.
  • Metabolisation/Therapeutic ‘working through’ of the Host’s and the Spirit’s trauma using mediumship and techniques from Psychotherapy and Regression Therapy prior to release of the Spirit.
  • Acceptance of death and re-activation of consciousness.
  • Healing the dead using Regression therapy Transformational techniques: Death point, narrative work, cognitive reframing, moving through time, body therapy, meeting loved ones, cathartic release, soul retrieval, transition to the light.
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The Therapeutic Process of Spirit Release

This presentation entitled “The Therapeutic Process of Spirit Release” was offered at the Healing and Spirit Release Conference in Stourbridge in the UK in 2019. Agenda items included: The Philisophical underpinnings and aims of Spirit Release Therapy, 

Ontology, Epistemology and Therapeutic Foundations. An exploration of the various ways of meeting the aims of Spirit Release including assisting the client to communicate with intrusive energies and remote methods. Communication of the Therapeutic Process of Spirit Release used by Paula Fenn which is an interactive, three-person process, involving the therapist and the spirit, the therapist and the host and the spirit and the host. 

Training/Agenda items include:

  • Philisophical underpinnings and aims of Spirit Release Therapy.
  • Ontology, Epistemology and Therapeutic Foundations.
  • Various ways of meeting the aims of spirit release.
  • Assisting the client to communicate with intrusive energies.
  • Remote methods.
  • The Therapeutic Process of Spirit Release.
  • Interactive, three-person process between: Therapist & Spirit, Therapist & Host, Spirit and Host.
  • Trapped trauma and confusion needs to be therapeutically processed and healed prior to release.
  • The suffering of the Host and the Spirit is metabolized (therapeutically worked through) using mediumship and a combination of techniques from Psychotherapy and Regression Therapy prior to release of the Spirit.
  • Required changes in: thoughts/cognitions, meaning making, emotions, the physical body.
  • Cognitive understanding is developed within and between the Host and the Spirit which also allows for emotional processing.
  • The Spirit is assisted to make meaning of their life, death and why they remained Earthbound.
  • Understanding, empathy and forgiveness is offered to the Spirit.
  • Energy healing is given to the Spirit and the Host, then Soul Retrieval for the Spirit and the Host.
  • Symbolic gifts and words of wisdom are shared from the Spirit to the Host.
  • The client assists the therapist to transition the Spirit to the light.
  • Ultimate goal is to release the trapped Earthbound Spirit from their human host and transition them towards the light to alleviate suffering for both parties
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Exploring Consciousness: The Weird World of Awareness & Implications on Regression Therapy, Oslo, Norway, 2020, Date to be confirmed

Regression Therapists are Consciousness Explorers! Many therapies focus on the problems and needs of the Ego: Identity, Selfhood, work, addictions, relationship issues and so on. Contracts with clients are limited by numbers of sessions, doing ‘check-box’ exercises and using ‘evidenced based’ approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Problems with this include: we are more than our minds/cognitions, ignorance of the body/soma, how we react, interact and the problems we create for ourselves come from deeper down, underneath the everyday conscious mind.

To be truly transformational, therapies must explore the structures and forces underneath everyday consciousness.  Regression Therapy Explores Various Layers of Consciousness: Ego, Personal Unconscious, Collective Unconscious.

Training/Agenda items include:

  • Surfing around ‘consciousness’ – Definitions and their inherent problems and qualities.
  • Consciousness and the brain.
  • Consciousness beyond the brain.
  • Experiential exercises and analysis.
  • Lens of perception issues.
  • Unconscious processes – Freud’s topographical model of the mind.
  • Carl Jung and the Red Book years.
  • Going Deeper… Carl Jung, The Psyche and The Collective Unconscious.
  • Going Deeper… Unus Mundus.
  • An integrated model of consciousness and discussion of diagram.
  • Experiencing the eternal? Connection?
  • How consciousness expresses itself or is blocked entry?
  • Tuning in to different levels of consciousness.
  • Clearing blocks – What they are and how?
  • Experiential exercises.
  • Conclusion.
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