My name is Avalon de Cosme and I have been working in the field of healing and psychotherapy since the 1980's when I set up my first clinic in Iffley, Oxford after learning the principles of Eastern health approaches from a Japanese master. I now felt strongly drawn to working in the field of healing.
After training in Iridology and Reflexology, I found myself working with clients using Reflexology and an Eastern approach to healing which involved working with breath, subtle energy and sound. There were many good outcomes for my clients. I also found that I was increasingly falling into a counselling mode as clients shared their innermost concerns with me and I resolved to train in psychotherapy as well.
I was lucky enough to train in transpersonal psychotherapy at the Centre for Transpersonal Psychology with Barbara Somers and Ian Gordon-Brown. I then continued with MA studies in Transpersonal Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy at the CCPE in London. I also qualified in EMDR (an eye-movement therapy particularly useful in cases of PTSD) for Adults and Children and EFT (an effective meridians tapping technique for both emotional and physical issues).
I also trained with Chris Parkes of The Reiki School in traditional Usui Reiki to Master level and found this a both gentle and powerful method to help people heal from many physical and emotional conditions.
I subsequently opened a clinic in Kensington running parallel practices in healing and psychotherapy where I had both UKCP and Bupa accreditation. On the healing side I worked with Reiki, EFT and Flower Remedies. I saw clients for transpersonal psychotherapy and worked also with EMDR and creative imagination approaches. I also saw children and young adults for Sandplay therapy, which had been part of my training. I loved working with my clients but a time came when I needed to close my London practice and move back to Oxford.
After a personal experience with the power of sound as a healing modality, I decided to further train in this form of therapy. The experience was so deep and far-reaching that I knew I had to bring this to others. A well-structured sound therapy session will bring a client into a deep Theta state which no talking therapy can reach. This is a state where true healing can take place. I also include Reiki whenever appropriate as well as offering Reiki as a stand-alone treatment.
My main training in Sound Therapy has been in Integral Sound Healing with the Sound Healing Academy founded by Tony Nec. The Sound Healing Academy has taught me how to use a wide range of sound instruments alongside working with subtle energy. I have also studied with Eileen McCusick of Biofield Tuning and with Sheila Whittaker, the doyenne of gong playing.
As I began working with sound, I realised that the ease with which clients enter an hypnotic Theta state while being exposed to instrumental harmonics, offers an effortless setting for working with Regression Therapy. I had already had a profound experience of a past life (or past life impression) when working with Dr. Brian Weiss, the internationally respected expert in Past Lives Therapy.
So it seemed natural to become familiar with Regression Hypnosis through a qualification in BQH (Beyond Quantum Healing). BQH is a development of QHHT, the hypnosis technique developed by the late Dolores Cannon.
I was then able to gain further experience by training to graduate level with the Past Life Regression Academy founded by Andy Tomlinson so that I could offer this approach either together with sound healing or as a stand-alone therapy.
I have also received training as a spiritual retreat guide and as a spiritual celebrant.
I also create Sound Immersions or Gong Baths for groups and in the workplace using magnificent gongs alongside other sound instruments such as singing bowls, drums and chimes. These are special occasions that take place in larger rooms, yoga studios or business premises and are often organised by a sponsor.
My practice is the first in Oxford to offer individual Sound Therapy along with Past Life Regression sessions and also Reiki. Whether in the studio where I practise or in your home, I look forward to working with you.