About me

BACP Senior Accredited and Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist offering sessions and supervision in Kings Heath and Moseley, Birmingham.

My training as a counsellor

I am a Registered counsellor/psychotherapist and a Senior Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Snr. Accred.), the professional and regulatory body for counsellors. As a member, I adhere to the BACP’s ethical framework for good practice. I have completed more than 5,000 session with clients from a very varied range of backgrounds.

I hold a Diploma in Integrative Psychosynthesis Counselling from Re•Vision, in London. This course is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I have also more recently completed a Certificate in the supervision of counselling and psychotherapy at Re•Vision.

For a brief introduction to Psychosynthesis, you could read this page (and other articles on that site) or the subject entry on Wikipedia. The single statement about Psychosynthesis that I find most useful in understanding it as an approach comes from an interview with its founder, Roberto Assagioli. Asked about the differences between his approach and that of other traditions, Assagioli quoted from a letter written by Sigmund Freud, the originator of Psychoanalysis, in which Freud wrote: “I am interested only in the basement of the human being.” By contrast, Assagioli says:

Psychosynthesis is interested in the whole building. We try to build an elevator which will allow a person access to every level of his personality. After all, a building with only a basement is very limited. We want to open up the terrace where you can sun-bathe or look at the stars. Our concern is the synthesis of all areas of the personality. That means psychosynthesis is holistic, global and inclusive. It is not against psychoanalysis or even behaviour modification but it insists that the needs for meaning, for higher values, for a spiritual life, are as real as biological or social needs.

For specific information about the  approaches and attitudes to counselling and psychotherapy in which I have been trained, I recommend you visit Re•Vision’s website. To me, what is most important in Re•Vision’s approach is the emphasis placed on ‘caring for soul.’ I believe we all have a need to tell our stories and to feel ourselves heard with care and attention, and that being heard is, in itself, healing. Counselling and therapy work through the meeting of counsellor and client, and the time we spend together, paying careful attention to what you have experienced.

Although we might, in a session, explore your dreams, or work with active imagination, or talk about addictions or habits you’re trying to break, or new, positive ways of being you’re wanting to cultivate, I believe that our meeting, your feeling yourself heard and attended to, is what really makes the difference.

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My background

I was born and grew up in South Africa, and moved to England in the mid-1990s. I trained initially as an art historian, and still have a passion for art. I taught art history at the University of South Africa for a couple of years, and then worked as a teacher trainer. After relocating to England, I worked in various charities, first in Cambridge, and then in Birmingham.

I began meditating in 1989, and my involvement with Buddhism is what brought me to England. In 2000 I was ordained and given the Buddhist name Manjusura, by which some people know me.  This means something like ‘Gentle Hero.’  

I am also a writer, and regularly contribute essays and articles to various magazines and journals. I mostly write about poetry and art, but have published on several different subjects.  

Why ‘Anukampa’?

For several years, I called my practice 'Anukampa', though more recently I have shifted to using my own name instead. I made this change because some people found the foreign-sounding title confusing. 

'Anukampa' is a word in the ancient Pali language, which is the language in which the oldest Buddhist scriptures were written. It means, literally, 'to shake with,' and is usually translated as 'compassion.'  

To me, ‘anukampa’ describes an important part of what happens in counselling and psychotherapy: the counsellor or therapist allows him- or herself to be ‘shaken’ by the client, so that he or she can more deeply enter your experience and offer care and support. 

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