Coaching & teaching

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Matthew O’Connell INLPTA

I started out as a person-centred counsellor and progressed to coaching, hypnotherapy and Life Coaching with NLP in the late 1980s and early 90s. Later, I trained in Core Shamanic counselling and have gradually included Buddhist meditation as students have requested it. After exploring and mixing different systems and sources in working with others, I have increasingly found myself offering what can only be defined as Holistic Counselling.

I support students in following either a meditation or shamanic based path working with specific goals and a comprehensive approach to growth and change. I support students in finding emotional and psychological balance and freedom whilst finding greater confidence in their relationship with the world. For Buddhist and ex-Buddhists who wish to find balance and evolve their practice, I may be of help in humanising practice and developing unattended areas of self and life. I use a coaching model which views practitioner and client as a team. If you need to be saved, I am not the right person to come to. The working relationship typically follows four session cycles and is renewed as and when needed.

I work in person in Trieste, Italy and lead workshops in nearby Slovenia. I also work through Skype. I am particularly motivated to support young adults and older teens find their way and address existential questions and concerns.

My meditation background spans a period of 20 years. I work with Buddhist non-dual style meditation, although I have many years of experience practicing Theravada meditation. The approach I take is strictly post-traditional and rooted in first-hand experience and ongoing exploration.

My background in Shamanism and neo-Animism spans a period of 16 years, though finds it roots in childhood when I first was taught to meditate and journey with the White Eagle Lodge at the tender age of 10. I create ceremony and ritual based on the paths I have followed and work with teaching wheels. I have trained in Core Shamanic Counselling, which is based on the Shamanic journey and accessing altered states of consciousness. I do not view Shamanism as exotic or foreign, but rather as a means for restoring conscious relationship with the embodied, incarnate, relational being that we are through the organic ties which form the basis of our physical existence.

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Matthew O’Connell Coaching

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