I am Keith Hackwood, a counsellor, Psychosynthesis therapist, supervisor and Mindfulness teacher working in Newport, South Wales. I have been in practice for more than fifteen years and have many thousands of hours of client experience. My work is mainly with individuals, though I also work with couples and groups too. Apart from Psychosynthesis I also work with traditions of Mindfulness and have taught many courses and retreats across South Wales for the general public, individuals and a range of organisations and businesses. I also offer online mindfulness courses.
Over the years I have run a number of Men’s Groups, and these continue today.
In the past I have worked extensively with children using drama & movement therapy, and have run workshops themed around myth and story open to the general public. I also teach at university level in the field of Communication, as well as creative elements, in particular writing.
My main interests lie in a range of directions – therapeutically I enjoy the creative collision of Psychosynthesis ideas with those of archetypal and transpersonal practitioners, such as James Hillman, AH Almaas and Owen Barfield. I value the insights of Ecopsychology and the challenge of taking the work outdoors, beyond the therapy room. I am interested in 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 hermeticism, Sufism and the intact cultures of First Nations peoples). I delight in good poetry and interesting music and in 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 previously held roles within organisations – these have included universities (Cardiff, Cardiff Metropolitan, Newport) a prison (HMP Cardiff), schools and spiritual organisations. I have spoken at national and international conferences and have a growing 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 (I also serve as member of the Executive of BACP Spirituality with a remit for 'Emerging Spiritualities') and AHPP, as well as the Scientific & Medical Network (SMN).