I am Keith Hackwood, a counsellor and Psychosynthesis therapist working in Newport, South Wales. I have been in practice for ten years and have around five thousand hours of client experience. My work is mainly with individuals, though I can work with couples and also groups, and have direct experience in these areas. Apart from Psychosynthesis itself, I work with traditions of Mindfulness and have taught meditation in a number of contexts. I have worked extensively with children in the mode of drama & movement therapy, and together with a colleague we have run workshops themed around myth and story open to the general public. I also have experience lecturing and teaching at university level, and in creative fields, in particular writing.
My interests lie in a range of directions – therapeutically I enjoy the creative collision of psychosynthesis ideas with those of archetypal and post-Jungian practitioners, such as James Hillman; I value the input of ecopsychology and the integration of the personal with the collective in the experiencing of trauma and crisis. I enjoy nature in all her forms, and have long been a student of many of the world’s great wisdom traditions (notably Kabbalah, Buddhism, the Western Mystery Tradition, Sufism). I delight in poetry and music and all the true arts. I have an active meditation practice, and enjoy life with my young family.
My work experience bridges private practice and also roles within organisations – these have included universities (Cardiff, UWIC, Newport) a prison (HMP Cardiff), schools and spiritual organisations. I have a number of published works, poetry and journal articles, even some material for rolepaying games.
I am an active member of Literature Wales (formerly Academi), since being invited to join in 2005; a member of BACP and AHPP, as well as the Scientific & Medical Network (SMN).