Counselling & Psychotherapy

My work is an extension of my way of being in the world. More a vocation than a job: an aspiration to be a host, to allow space and time for exploration and healing; a deep trust in the autonomy, uniqueness, and resources of each person.

My root training was humanistic/person-centred/existential; my research interests included meditation and therapy (outside the simplistic constraints of ‘mindfulness’) and more recently identity and emancipation, with an emphasis on transformation rather than genteel positive change, on exploration and adventure rather than solely safety and secure attachment. I have since branched out to learn from other orientations and developments that I perceive as alert to the nuances and challenges of a fast-changing world: other-centred psychoanalysis, the work of Jean Laplanche, Judith Butler, and Gilles Deleuze, among others. My practice is nomadic, ever-changing; a philosophically-oriented therapy sensitive to the fact that the human self or subject is itself nomadic, multiple and, in Carl Rogers’ words, a ‘flowing river of change’.

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and of  UKCP, UK council for psychotherapy.

Manu offers Person-Centred therapy and Existential therapy in the areas of:

Addictions
Anxiety
Bereavement
Depression
Couples Counselling
Eating Disorders
Life Transitions
Low Self-Esteem
Relationship Issues
Sexuality
Stress
Work Related Issues

Person-Centred therapy has been developed from the work of Carl Rogers (1902-1987), who created and passed on a radical approach to counselling that is both dynamically compassionate as well as respectful of the intelligence and autonomy of the client.

Existential therapy is a term that describes wide-reaching approaches to counselling whose common ground is embodied presence, open enquiry, and the aspiration to gain a greater understandings of life’s unique gifts and challenges.