Dr Manu Bazzano
Telephone: 07817 382910
Psychotherapy and Counselling with Manu
My work is an extension of my way of being in the world. More a vocation than a job: an aspiration to be a host, to allow space and time for exploration and healing; a deep trust in the autonomy, uniqueness, and inner resources of each individual.
I am a wayward pilgrim, and draw inspiration from the Zen tradition and from ancient Greek thought as well as contemporary philosophy – e.g. affect theory, post-structuralism and critical theory. My root training was humanistic/existential; my research interests included meditation and therapy (outside the simplistic constraints of ‘mindfulness’) and more recently identity and emancipation, with an emphasis on transformation rather than genteel positive change. I have since branched out to learn from other orientations and developments that I perceive as alert to the nuances and challenges of a fast-changing world: other-centered psychoanalysis, the work of Jean Laplanche, Judith Butler. I was born in Italy and lived Germany, the US and India before settling in London. I am an Anglo-Italian bilingual. A citizen of the world, or as some politician has said, a citizen of ‘nowhere’ of ‘now-here’ and of a transient space of transformative healing.
Areas of interest and expertise include:
- Couples Counselling
- Eating Disorders
- Life Transitions
- Low Self-Esteem
- Relationship Issues
- Work Related Issues
Qualifications and training
- PhD by Published Works in Psychology, University of Roehampton
- BA in Philosophy University of Cosenza (Italy)
- Diploma in Counselling, Metanoia Institute
- MSc in Psychotherapy and applications, Metanoia Institute
- After studying and practicing eastern meditation for several decades, in 2004 I was ordained as a Zen Buddhist Monk in the Soto and Rinzai Traditions.
- I have been a meditation and group facilitator since 1990.
Affiliations and Memberships
UKCP, Independent Practitioners Network, Society of Existential Analysis, WAPCEP, PSCR, PCU
Books Published (selection)
Re-visioning Existential Therapy: Counter-traditional Perspectives, Routledge 2020
Nietzsche and Psychotherapy, Routledge 2019
Re-Visioning Person-centred Therapy: the Theory and Practice of a Radical Paradigm, Routledge 2018
Zen and Therapy: Heretical Perspectives, Routledge 2017
Therapy and the Counter-tradition: the Edge of Philosophy, Routledge, 2016.
After Mindfulness: New Perspective on Psychology and Meditation, Palgrave McMillan, 2014.
Buddha is dead: Nietzsche and the Dawn of European Zen, Sussex 2006
Spectre of the Stranger: towards a Phenomenology of Hospitality, Sussex 2012.
I am a regular contributor to journals and magazines including Existential Analysis, Therapy Today, PCEP, Hermeneutic Circular, European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, Self and Society. For a selection of articles and papers, please visit: http://www.manubazzano.com/articles.php
Rates: from £50 to £100 according to income
Telephone: 07817 382910