A corner of the Thomas Merton Society library which was at St Michael’s Priory, Milton Keynes and is now at Turvey Abbey.
The portrait of Merton is by Ric Stott
The Only Mind Worth Having, Cascade publishing, Oregon, USA, 2015
Now also published by Lutterworth press (2016)
The text of the talk given on December 8th 2018 at The Thomas Merton Society event at Leominster can be found under publications. It is entitled Knowing the Score .
Life as a spiritual journey
Welcome to my website and to this relatively simple way of keeping in touch with one another and of making new contacts.
I’ve set this up as a space to explore some ideas mostly linked to contemplation and psychotherapy. The connections between spirituality and psychotherapy have been an ongoing interest for most of my adult life, sometimes one or the other taking precedence but mostly it’s been about the interaction and connections between the two. Whilst of course there are contextual differences both contemplation and certainly analytical psychotherapy particularly the Jungian approach aim to gradually dismantle the false self parts of ourselves that obscure what the analytical psychologist Carl Jung, the psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott and the Trappist monk Thomas Merton called the true self.
I hope that some of you reading this page might also want to exchange thoughts on these subjects and I plan to post reflections on them from time to time.
I trained and worked for many years as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist though I am no longer in practice as a therapist but I do offer consultations about work and about writing. I’m also a spiritual director and see a few people at regular intervals.
I’ve meditated for many years following different spiritual practices and for the last fifteen years have been inspired by the writings of the Trappist monk Thomas Merton on contemplation.
In the other pages of this website you can read about some of my interests and activities.