Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Musician, Somatic Experience Practitioner, Cranio Sacral Therapist, Sound Healer, Shamanic Healer, Celebrant, Men’s Group Facilitator
This session will draw upon the combined knowledge, expertise and experience of these two close friends, Robert and Andrew. Both Robert and Andrew come from two very distinct male demographics; Andrew a successful musician, best known for his involvement with the band M People, and Robert, a successful senior executive and CEO of E.ON engineering businesses in Europe. Both men knew the excesses of success and their journeys led them to meet at a men’s group in early 2018.
Using Andrew’s knowledge and expertise in Cranio Sacral and Somatic Experience therapies, and Robert’s understanding of existential psychotherapy and the role gender plays in therapy, this presentation will refer to individual and group therapeutic approaches, specifically looking at their usefulness for men’s recovery.
Robert will act as facilitator using Andrew’s life as a case study. The audience will be taken on a journey through Andrew’s adoption, his career, his addictions and finally, his nurturing through love, family and friendship.
Backed up by research and Robert’s own passion around the subject, the pair will discuss the importance of men’s groups for male recovery. The need for men to be vulnerable in a society which often dictates that they are anything but. These two will lead by example, opening their hearts to the audience to provide a heartfelt but informative presentation.
During the session each phase will be introduced by drumming/percussion and prose, setting the tone for the narrative and conversation. The attendees will be invited to engage actively in the Q&A reflecting on issues prompted and on the role of music, prose and gender focused support groups in addiction therapy.
1. To understand the deep and personal experience of how early trauma combined with an extreme lifestyle can lead to breakdown.
2. To appreciate various therapeutic modalities and their importance in men’s recovery.
3. To understand how men’s groups versus individual therapy can benefit men.
4. To appreciate how a range of lifestyle changes and interventions can impact and aid recovery.
5. To recognise the therapeutic value of music, prose and conversation.