About Geoff - background, experience, qualifications

My background and life experience

Now in my late-40s, I've had to face many challenges in my life that have felt overwhelming, shocking, and threatening.

I received counselling and other support to get me through bullying, trauma, and loss as a child. Work, friendships, and sexuality later felt vulnerable.

All this led me to get seriously interested in what the keys are, to a meaningful life and satisfying and safe relationships.

Picture of Geoff Green I've been in long and short-term relationships, and have been divorced. Despite many years of uncertainty, I had my only child in 2015 - she constantly stretches me to my limits.

I feel very moved by the climate emergency we face - the fear, grief, anger, hopelessness, determination that it may trigger in each of us. I see more people needing support to try to find their way forward with the dramatic changes we're likely to face.

I'm also a quite practical person, so I worked as a computer engineer in the 90s, moving to adapting computers to help people with disabilities. I've also worked in administrative roles, and even doing dance routines on a bar (cringe!).

Yet from being someone who others confided in as a teenager, I've always known that supporting people on a more personal level is what really moves me. So I decided to train in the therapeutic approaches that had been so powerfully transformative to me.

My professional experience

I have over 20 years experience in supportive roles - in organisations (including colleges / Universities, Terence Higgins Trust, a domestic violence project, and Age Concern), with government projects, care homes, and with the general public.

What qualities do you want from me?

  • To feel understood and less alone? I'm really curious what it's like to be you, at a deep level.

  • To find hope or answers? As I help us both learn about being you, we'll build understanding and acceptance of your patterns and choices. New possibilities and a greater ease emerge from this.

  • To feel safe? I hope my openness, clear boundaries, awareness of trauma and attachment, and pace of working will help.

  • To let it all out? I'm able to remain grounded and centred, whatever you speak about, and however strongly you need to say it. I've got my own support so you can stay focused on yourself.

  • Straight talking, to be challenged? I'll speak with directness when that's helpful, yet sensitively.

  • To feel genuineness? I aim to be real with you, and will share my reactions and experiences where this seems helpful.

  • To laugh sometimes? Isn't that just natural? I can be quite playful and spontaneous.

My therapeutic qualifications

  • Dip Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy (Warwick University, 2003-05): accredited course, 18 months of prior training required;

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship (2021): for couples and individuals;

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy Intro workshops (2020): for couples, individuals, and families;

  • Intro to Solution Focused Communication (2015).

  • Movement therapy using Biodanza (2012-2019). I'm a student under supervision running weekly Biodanza dance classes in Dartington.