Therapy Aroha Ltd Compassion-Based Mindfulness

The Death Doulas - BBC Podcast

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04fchlm

"Alan Dein meets doulas in Lewes, Sussex, who are companions to the dying. We listen in on a Death Cafe they are hosting, where strangers gather to talk about death."

Gerald's note: It is interesting to hear the doula work through the options for extending life, the ceremony and similar with her clients. It is very gentle, presented in a way they can work through for themselves and over a series of visits.

The Five Invitations

Frank spent years in hospice work, helping thousands of people during their last moments, before getting cancer and finding himself on the receiving end of treatment. Frank shares his insights on illness and death and what he thinks he has learned from these experiences.

The Five Invitations

Gerald's note: Frank is compassionate, insightful and has the ability to reserve judgment when dealing with others. I first encountered Frank on Jack Kornfield's podcast and then bought his book. Well worth a read.

Services

Counselling, Death Doula and Training Services

Our services involve providing facilitation, education and mindfulness training to individual clients, couples and groups. While my background includes counselling and there are techniques I use in helping others which come from various therapeutic models, the approach I use in helping others includes the place of the person whose issues are central to the discussion being the expert in their own problems. This is something I encountered in Narrative Therapy and which quickly became central to my work.

So, if you are looking for someone to help you work through your own problems, you have come to the right place. If you are looking for someone who considers themselves an "expert" in your problems, you have not. This distinction is part of why I prefer the terms facilitator, doula and teacher to therapist or counsellor.

My approach is very eclectic and borrows from a number of modalities, including Cogntive Therapy, Mindfulness and Compassion practices, Narrative Therapy, Gestalt Therapy and a number of pedagological approaches and techniques.

Potential clients can reach us by putting hello@ in front of this domain (therapyaroha.com).

Current clients should use the email address we have provided on signing up for our services, as the hello@ address is only checked during business hours and has a two business day response time.

Aroha nui,

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Gerald Lee Jordan, MBA, MEd, MCouns ❤️

Gerald's Pepeha

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Ko Mayflower te waka.
Ko Pākehā tōku iwi.
Ko Ahitereiriana tōku iwi.
Ko Oklahoman tōku iwi.
Nō Te Waka-o-Aoraki ahau.
Ko Elaine tōku mātua.
Ko Jack tōku tama.
Ko Tracy tōku wāhine.
Ko Gerald tōku ingoa.

This introduction to me in te Reo Māori is but a beginning of my journey into te Ao Māori. I hope to share more as I learn.

Aroha nui,

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Gerald Lee Jordan, MBA, MEd, MCouns ❤️

Compassion Mindfulness Therapy

Compassion

Is compassion a "feeling", is it a state of mind, or is it a way of being? This site will explore that at some length, but a brief response would be to say that it is a way of approaching the world, based on our understanding that living involves suffering and that within our shared suffering, we can approach each other with empathy and kindness. This approach to others - and ourselves - creates a more gentle and understanding environment for interactions. This compassion then leads to better outcomes for ourselves personally and within our interpersonal relationships. Compassion helps to create the basis for a flourishing life.

Mindfulness

Why do we need this? We can spend our lives in busy-ness, as we run from one task and idea to another. When we then encounter difficulties and stress, this busy life can then feed into anxiety and depression. Mindfulness is one of the greatest possible remedies for anxiety of the future and depression related to the past, as mindfulness grounds us in the present. Being able to stay in the present allows us to experience our lives as they are taking place, rather than to get lost in fear and grief.

Therapy

We can call our efforts in compassion and mindfulness "therapy". We could just as easily call these efforts "practice". Regardless of which term you use, you will make no positive movement if you don't actually take the effort to PRACTICE. This is not something you can read about alone. Without practice, you will not advance in this approach.

Welcome to a journey of compassion that keeps you grounded in the present - where you learn about yourself and others through your own efforts to consistently practice.

Aroha nui,

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Gerald Lee Jordan, MBA, MEd, MCouns ❤️


About Therapy Aroha Ltd

Therapy Aroha Ltd is based in Aotearoa New Zealand and we provide counselling, death doula and training services online, in Wellington and the top of the South Island of Aotearoa NZ. Our online services include counselling and training and in-person services include therapeutic and educational consultations, as well as end-of-life support services.