Embodied  approaches to Life and Therapy

developing aliveness......healing trauma ......promoting growth.....

         workshops and professional training  with Michael Gavin

About Me

After almost fifty years working with people, including thirty years as a psychotherapist, twenty years as a body psychotherapist, and about seventeen focusing on trauma, I closed my individual psychotherapy practice in 2012.   My Supervision practice ended in December 2015.


I  have finally left London behind and settled by the sea in Dorset.


I have now reached a reflective stage in my life when writing, and occasional personal and professional development workshops  have become my main focus.




2017 marks thirty years since I began a Postgraduate Diploma in Management by by Self-Managed Learning at what is now the University of East London.   This experience has left a deep impression, and indeed after all these years, the members of our Learning Set still meet, these days annually, so  intense were the bonds we formed back then.  I am still interested in using the Self-Managed Learning approach, for personal and professional development workshops.


I still love watching people develop personally and professionally.


I have a particular interest in how people - particularly helpers, and people in positions of leadership - can survive and thrive within organisations,  how the Helping Professions can so easily take their toll on the human spirit, and what can be done to humanise this process..


I continue to be fascinated by ways of working with trauma, and with the complexities of trauma-conditioned transference and counter-transference.  This is in no small part due to my long friendship and collaboration with Babette Rothschild (The Body Remembers, and now The Body Remembers , Volume ii, Help for the Helper, 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery etc.). She has kindly said: Michael Gavin has been my closest UK colleague since 1992.… There is no one I have more confidence in as a therapist, teacher, consultant, and supervisor."


Through yoga, Tai Ji, and QI Gong, through dancing and riding my bike, as well as Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Trauma Therapy, I continually return to the fundamental importance of embodied living and body awareness.


 A relatively new project unfolding over the last few years has been the EveryBodyKnows workshop series  - The Wisdom of the Body for Psychotherapists -devised and delivered in collaboration with Brian Stirner, a revelation and  an affirmation of the proposition that "less is more",  and that deep learning can come for simplicity and focussed attention.


After more than twenty-five years of learning from and collaborating with Michael Randolph, our Radix Intensive Body Psychotherapy workshops remain a enduring source of surprise and delight to me.  I have long felt a calling to bring the insights of our body focused ways of working to those whose training has been in the talking therapies.


An important new role since my retirement from regular on-going therapy and supervision practices is my role as Trustee on the Champernowne Trust.  The Champernowne Summer Course, addressing the interaction of Psychotherapy and the Arts, has become a fixture in my life over the last thirty years and I am delighted to be able to contribute to its continued good work as its Web and Social Media Editor.   The challenge of keeping body, mind and soul in harmony, and the individual sense of self in harmony with the greater psyche, for those who work at depth with and for others, and in the face of the de-humanising power of institutions is meeting point between my life-long interests and the legacy of Irene Champernowne, the Trust's founder.


New in 2017 is the Calm Joyful Centre initiative, espousing and promoting these values:


  • a calm joyful centre,
  • a readiness for passionate, intense engagement,
  • a firmly but gently held space for creative tensions to play themselves out into something that surprise
  • time for fun and companionship
  • open-hearted communication
  • embodied self-remembering

After almost fifty years working with people, including thirty years as a psychotherapist, twenty years as a body psychotherapist, and about seventeen focusing on trauma, I closed my individual psychotherapy practice in 2012.   My Supervision practice ended in December 2015.


My newest interest and identity, as Publisher at Not So Common Publishing, has come about through my determination to re-publish Able & Equal - a Gentle Path Peace, a forgotten TA classic from the 1980's which is highly relevant today.


2017 marks thirty years since I began a Postgraduate Diploma in Management by by Self-Managed Learning at what is now the University of East London.   This experience has left a deep impression, and indeed after all these years, the members of our Learning Set still meet, these days annually, so  intense were the bonds we formed back then.  I am still interested in using the Self-Managed Learning approach, for personal and professional development workshops.

Qualifications, training, experience

I am a certified Radix Body Psychotherapist and one of only two certified Somatic Trauma Therapists in the UK.


I am an Approved Supervisor on the Somatic Trauma Therapy  Certification Program.


I was External  Clinical Supervisor to the London Underground’s Counselling and Trauma team from 2007 to the end of 2015.


I was in private practice in SW London from the 1980s until the end of 2012.


I have been a Regular member of the Institute of Transactional Analysis (now UKATA) since 1982, and a frequent presenter at ITA Conferences over the years.  My three years of TA training in the eighties, disrupted by a prolonged encounter with ME/CFS, has formed a valued frame of reference for my thinking, and I learned much from intensive training with Bob and Mary Goulding and Richard Erskine. 


Since 1997 I have been a regular member of a  Professional Development Group, led by the Psychoanalyst, Shirley Spitz, exploring relational psychoanalysis, transference and counter-transference and other analytic and psychodynamic themes.


My own Jungian analysis lasted from 1986 to 1998, and for the past 30+ years I have been associated with the annual Champernowne Trust summer conference focussing on Jungian psychology, creativity and the Arts based approaches to therapy.  I am now myself a Trustee with particular responsibility for the Web and Social Media.


I trained additionally in Core Energy Management with William Bloom (The Endorphin Effect, Feeling Safe etc), and with Dina Glouberman in Imagework.


My awareness of Mindfulness practices began in 1966 when I joined an esoteric school based in the teachings of Gurdjieff, Ouspensky and the philosophy of the Advaita Vedanta.  In the thirty years and more since I left  school the practices and the philosophy have continued to inform my life and my work.

Other experience

Originally a Cambridge classicist, I hold advanced qualifications in Education and Management.

I was a teacher, initially of Latin  and English, and but mainly specialising in work with children then called "maladjusted"- now described as having  Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.


For thirteen years I was Head of Woodstock School, a mixed day special school for 6 to 16 year-olds in Peckham (Inner London.)   


In the years since then I have offered training and consultancy  to staff in primary, secondary and special schools throughout London and surrounding counties. 


I am a practising grandparent.





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