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Christine Bassan - Helper
Born in France, a spiritual journey began tentatively in my late teens when I became inspired by Arnaud Desjardins and Krishnamurti's writings. This motivated me to travel extensively for several years, and to tread the Afghan trail to India in my early twenties. I came to England in 1976, where I became a member of an esoteric society for 10 years. After my son's birth, at age 35, I was faced with bone cancer, which left me with a disabled right leg. These life-changing experiences resulted in a more conscious engagement with emotional and psychological healing. After a year of emotional therapy which addressed basic childhood issues, the desire to heal more deeply brought me to the Pathwork material in 1994. In the years to follow, I immersed myself in the lectures, which fulfilled an inner longing to reconcile all aspects of self. In 2000, I committed to the 7 year Helpership Training.
I have also been a RELATE counsellor for couples and individuals since 2004. As I am passionate about deep listening and relationships at all levels, I was drawn to Focusing, a compassionate way to listen to our inner selves and interact with them whilst grounded in Presence. Consequently, I completed a M.A. in Focusing & Experiential Psychotherapy at the University of East Anglia in 2010, writing a dissertation on the experience of embodying spirituality. The ongoing struggle with acceptance of physical limitations recently led me to Wholebody Focusing as a way to connect more deeply with the body's healing wisdom.
As a helper, my approach is informed by various models, including Attachment Theory, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis and inner child work. Facilitating individuals to empower themselves and to trust their innate wisdom is a real privilege, which I find deeply fulfilling and inspiring. I experience this work as 'midwifing the soul' - assisting the individual in bringing forth exiled aspects from the psyche into the light of awareness, to be integrated and healed through acceptance and compassion.
Personal interests include astrology, the use of language and metaphors, sustainable living, new forms of communities and holistic health. Meditation is part of my spiritual practice.
Some of the writers impacting my life are: Pema Chodron, Stephen Levine, Melanie Reinhart, Eckhart Tolle and John Welwood.
I offer individual sessions, in person, over the phone or on Skype. Please feel free to contact me for further details.