Jonathan Lee Champion  - B.Sc., MA., C.Psychol., AFBPsS., Dip.Cog.Hyp., MNLP.

tel: 07736431322   e-mail: jonathan@psychological-therapy.me.uk

The

British

Psychological

Society

Chartered Psychologist

Specialising in Counselling, Psychotherapy, CBT, EMDR, Cognitive Hypnotherapy

& NLP Peak Performance Coaching, Enhancing Life, Business and Sport...



Jonathan’s Bio:


This photograph was taken in Cornwall towards the end of the summer in 1998. This signifies the end of one chapter in my life that had been focused on the body and the beginning of a period of intense study and exploration of the mind that continues to this day. This is my journey into the world of Psychological Science, Philosophy, Counselling and the Psychotherapies - a fascinating journey of self discovery and personal development.


It seems that as human beings we all search for meaning and a way of making sense of the world we inhabit - as such we all engage in psychology and philosophy to some degree.


Leaving my home in Cornwall to begin my studies I had no idea where my chosen path would lead me. All that I knew was that I could no longer ignore those aspects of my life that I was most drawn towards and that fascinate me the most. This is a thread that flows through my life like a river, and has remained a constant. The choice to take the road less travelled was not taken without often stumbling as if blind to my circumstances and then feeling my way again. My journey has not been without great cost, personal loss and sacrifice, and yet as Nietzsche said: “What does not kill you, makes you stronger”. I feel deeply privileged to be able to walk this path. However, for the most part, I feel that I have been in touch with something that has guided my interactions with others and with the world. A way of being in the moment, a way of being present with those around me, and to my lived creative experience. My journey through life has given me a deep appreciation for the learning that I have received along the way.


Throughout my life I have been drawn to the study of Eastern Philosophy and the practice of Martial Arts - with over 25 years experience of training in various traditions including: Karate, Aikido and Tai Chi / Chi Gong. I have also studied Shiatsu (acupressure) and Meditation. It was during my studies of these arts, some 20 years ago, that I became fascinated by the subtle levels of communication that happen almost imperceptibly between people within human relationships. Mysteries that have lead me on a personal life quest into the world of science, therapy and beyond.


I have always been interested in human creativity and have moved through consecutive careers involving Architecture, Civil Engineering and Design. I have experience of managing projects, and of developing wide ranging interpersonal relationships with clientele and people from diverse cultures. I have 10 years experience of running my own business as a qualified Carpenter and Joiner - designing and fabricating bespoke furniture and architectural features. The transition through these fields of work was accompanied by my involvement with music and with sporting interests in Golf. My number one passion however, is surfing, so if I win the lottery this week, you will probably find me at a beach. It is through these adaptive and creative experiences that my deep interest in the human condition began to flourish, and I have continued to explore the ways we come to understand ourselves, one another,  our social environments and the world we each inhabit ever since.


My four years at Keele University in Staffordshire were spent studying Psychology and Philosophy. In addition I also studied: Neuroscience, Statistics, Environmental Management, Astronomy, Educational Studies  and International Relations. My studies have provided me with a broad foundation of knowledge, which continues to support and inform my work and my special interests in my ongoing personal and professional development.


During my time at Keele University I was awarded a summer research bursary from the Nuffield Foundation to assist the Psychology Department’s investigation into the Neuropsychological effects of football heading - in particular the possible effects on memory and attention. I also gained valuable experience of working for a Brain Injury Service in Cornwall providing psychological therapy to a client with hypoxic brain injury. My personal research interests while at Keele University focused on Sports Psychology and the enhancement of sports performance. In particular the development of experiential practices and strategies, including the psychological skills involved in Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR), as well as the enhancement of Visualisation and Kinaesthetic awareness. These skills were transferred and used in my voluntary activities with the Cancer Clinic at The North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary (NSRI) - where I helped to provide relaxation and self-hypnosis classes to patients and outpatients groups.


My Sports Psychology research focused on helping Karate students at Keele University enhance their awareness and performance of their chosen Kata (a detailed choreographed patterns of movements). My final year psychology dissertation was awarded the British Psychological Society (BPS) - Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology - H.T.A. Whiting Undergraduate Dissertation Prize in 2003.


While at Keele University I  took on the role of student representative for the Psychology and Philosophy departments. This provided the opportunity of developing skills in negotiation and mediation - working with interpersonal relationships between students, staff and departments. During my time at Keele University I revived Psychological Society, which had been dormant for many years. I served as President for one year in order to develop the role and build relationships between the student years. It is good to see the Psychology Society at Keele is still active today - you can find them on Facebook. During my time at Keele University I began developing my counselling skills by completing an introductory course in counselling skills at Staffordshire University. I also trained as a member of Nightline at Keele University - a confidential telephone counselling service that provides support, guidance and information to students, as well as to members of the general public. My sports activities also widened at Keele to include the sport of Fencing - achieving a Club Leader Qualification in 2000, as well as Fencing briefly for the Keele University team in London.


Moving to London in 2002 I began Post Graduate studies at the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology (SPCP), Regent’s college, which is set in scenic grounds of Regent’s Park. The Existential and Phenomenological work at Regent’s College was recognised internationally which made this the logical choice to combine my study of Psychology and Philosophy. It is there that I completed an MA in Counselling Psychology and a Post-MA Diploma in Existential Counselling Psychology. I also developed my research interests by exploring Counselling Psychologist’s experience of ‘presence’ and of ‘being present’ with clients during therapeutic encounters. This built on my previous experientially based action research at Keele University into deep relaxation and visualisation, with what I saw as obvious applications within counselling and therapy. I intend publishing my research as soon as I find the time to finish my writing. In 2007 I completed an Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy (ADEP). This provided the opportunity to focus on working more deeply with dreams, spirituality and the importance of language within the practice of counselling and psychotherapy. Since then I have also studied Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). I am currently developing and further extending my skills by integrating Cognitive Hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Quantum Field Healing (QFH). All of which integrate deep relaxation and visualisation to bring about healing and positive life affirming change.

 
I have provided counselling and psychotherapy within many different environments, including private therapeutic communities, within NHS hospital settings, working at St. Thomas’ Hospital Psychotherapy Department, as well as for the Psychological Therapies Service (PTS) in London. I have gained considerable experience in assessing clients therapeutic needs and can refer clients where specialised service are required. With the development of the coaching side of my practice, I have worked with people from many different companies and professions seeking to improve their working relationships and personal skills. I have also worked with people, both amateur and professional, striving to enhance their sports performance. I feel very privileged to have worked and trained with so many wonderful people over the years, and I look forward to meeting and working with many more in the future. The service I providing is completely confidential, and I aim to provide a comfortable space where you can relax and begin exploring what it is you need from your therapy or coaching sessions. Whether for the individual, couple, group or family, within the workplace, organisation, or within sport and leisure activities. Psychological therapy and peak performance coaching has an important, if not a crucial role to play, enabling the removal of blocks from you life, so that you can achieve your goals and realise your true potential.


The last year has been an exciting time of change. I have gained a new practice location, The Summit - Highgate, London, N6 6LS, where I am based on Monday’s. I have also been working closely with The Royal  Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), where I am currently developing a cutting edge service to reduce stress, build confidence, and boost student performance. This will provide the opportunity to continue my research and development of my individual approach to counselling, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and NLP inspired performance coaching. If you are interested in exploring therapy or coaching with me, why not drop me an e-mail to introduce yourself. I look forward to meeting you.


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Contact Jonathan:


My services are available during the daytime and in the evenings. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information about the psychological therapy and coaching services that I provide, or would like to arrange a private meeting to discuss your therapy or coaching needs. You are welcome to contact me either by phone, e-mail or by text:



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e-mail: jonathan@psychological-therapy.me.uk


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