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Statement from Eirik Balavoine on the framework of the training I have received from him:
All human beings carry in potential form the knowledge necessary to live a joyful, successful and unique life. A good counsellor has the necessary skills to unravel and guide, advice and train people towards making that innate knowledge operational.
Counselling other people demands:
Extensive, long term multi-faceted work on own life and psyche
Respect and love of human beings
Awareness and an ability to focus
A capacity for non-judgemental, neutral listening
Theoretical and experiential knowledge of how the psyche operates
Efficient set of skills
The capacity to cut through when necessary
Awareness of the fact that a counsellor has never finished learning
Practicing as a Therapist & Meditation teacher, individually and in groups and retreats. As individual therapist: 36 years (ca. 30.000 hours) Groups and retreats (ongoing since 1983): Director and co-founder of Ecole-Etre – a 5 year program training students to become a Professional Transpersonal Therapist, which has run ongoing for 15 years Mens training: 10 years International trainings: Norway, France, Venezuela, Morocco, Bhutan. Meditation practice: 40 years Longest silent retreat: 6 months
Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher Training (2011), led by: B. Alan Wallace Ph.D. - President and founder of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies (California). Paul Ekman, Ph.D. - Author of ”Emotions Revealed” and a pioneer in the study of emotions and their relation to facial expressions. Eve Ekman, Ph.D. - Researcher and lecturer, focusing on the areas of Meaning, Empathy and Emotional Awareness.
+ A two-month meditation retreat in 2012, lead by B. Alan Wallace, Ph.D.
SUPERVISING AND MENTORING
My own journey towards more authenticity and fulfillment has been influential for how I work with people. Mentoring and supervision from highly skilled psychotherapists and counsellors has been an integral part of this journey. I receive regular mentoring for myself, as well as supervision for my counselling work.
Counselling/Psychotherapy, Mentoring and Supervision (2011-present) by counsellor, psychotherapist, couples therapist and leader of men´s groups Christian V. Scheel, founder of the psychotherapy-clinic ”Majorstua Terapifellesskap” in Oslo, Norway.
Extensive Counselling/Psychotherapy, Mentoring and Supervision (2007-present) by psychotherapist and meditation teacher Eirik Balavoine. I get regular supervision of my counselling practice from him.
OTHER TYPES OF RELATED TRAINING
Osho Therapist Training (2008-2009), at Osho International Meditation Resort, India
Additionally, I have participated in various psychotherapeutic groups worldwide, and have received individual sessions from a number of different therapists and teachers, working within a wide range of modalities. I also have extensive experience in men´s work, and have co-facilitated such groups.
The purpose of counselling is to discover how to live more authentically who you already are. Trying to become someone else, being perfect, or living up to other people's expectations is often what makes us stuck in life.