Helen Bazzard

 

I am an Integrative and Transpersonal Psychotherapist having completed my studies with the Centre for Transpersonal Psychology (CTP) and following the accreditation training for the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

I run my private practice from my custom-built garden room, I lecture occasionally at Sussex and Brighton Universities and for various local adult courses, also teaching ‘access the imagination’ and ‘presentation skills’ under my consultancy ‘Act Naturally’ now amalgamating with 'Open Voice.'

My studies began 14 years ago at the Philadelphia Association influenced by RD Laing. I then began my counselling practice at Brighton University alongside taking my post-graduate Psychodynamic Counselling Certificate at Sussex University. During this time I married, had our daughter and qualified as a Healer. Continuing my Advanced Diploma at CTP before fully qualifying, I found the mix of intellectual and experiential material invaluable and inspirational. I then enjoyed being a member of the Council of Management.

To deepen my studies and awareness, I followed several residential courses mainly in Ireland, experiencing Stanislav Grof’s ‘Holotropic Breathwork’, meeting Grof himself when he came to my hometown of Brighton. I often attend the annual conferences of EUROTAS, the European Transpersonal Association travelling to France, Russia, and Spain. I have family in Mallorca and so have spent much time there as well.

Having originally trained as a teacher of  Drama and French, I spent my 20’s and 30’s writing and acting for fringe, TV, No 1 theatre tours and a West End contract, eventually teaching acting professionally in Brighton at ACT, the Academy for Creative Training. I later also joined the teaching team at our daughter’s primary school, The Dharma School in Brighton, run on Buddhist principles.

Currently within my therapy practice I also work with people who have a fear of public speaking and singing, as well as generally coaching skills in this area. I run Firle Choir in our village.

I am fascinated by an eclectic spirituality chosing the Christian approach and attending Firle Church where I am a member of the PCC. I am committed to exploring life’s meaning through the perspective of other individuals and communities.