ETSUKO ITO MSc.
After a long career in International Banking in the City of London, I moved to The New Forest National Park to set up a new business. With an in-depth knowledge of the business world, I am able to understand and assist your issues effectively.
As a Mindfulness teacher, my approach is based upon the psychological principles of Buddha Dharma, Japanese Zen and mindful Prāna Yoga.
Having participated in a 7-day professional training programme under the direction of Professor. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santarelli a part of my programme is modelled on MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction). Mr. Isamu Mochizuki, the creator of Mindful Prāna Yoga, has been my mentor and has taught me the principles of Prāna Yoga and Ki (Prāna = Life energy) movements over the last two decades.
As a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, I gained MSc. (Master of Science) in Rational-Emotive ＆ Cognitive Behaviour Therapy from Goldsmiths, University of London: under the guidance of Prof. Windy Dryden.
Specialized in the following:
- Depression, Anxiety, OCD and stress related symptoms; as well as IBS, Insomnia, Chronic Pain, Fatigue and Irritability.
- Emotion Management. Stress Reduction. Burnout Prevention.
10 years ago, I experienced a major crisis. At the time, I held a dream job as an international banker in the City. Then, as a result of a horse-riding accident, I broke multiple bones including my lower spine. I was admitted to the hospital trauma unit experiencing agonizing pain. It was initially unclear whether I would be able to walk again. The first few days were extremely difficult. My inner voice kept saying over and over again, “If I can walk again, I can do anything”.
As if the universe heard my thoughts, the doctors decided against surgery; instead it was recommended for me to undergo three months of total bed-rest. This allowed a self-healing process to take place. I was lucky. After this agonizing bedridden period, followed by a programme of rehabilitation I regained my basic coordination and body movements.
It was this accident that enabled me to gain full awareness that body and brain are connected in multiple ways.
I was very lucky to have been employed by The Sumitomo Trust Banking Co., Ltd. at that time. The Bank took great care of me and were instrumental in my recovery – assisting me both financially and emotionally. I am still filled with gratitude.
Due to personal reasons, just one year after the accident, I was forced to tender my resignation to the Bank and take over the running of a family business in The New Forest National Park.
Since then, I have encountered many difficult life challenges – as if the universe heard my thoughts and was testing my strength.
However, aware that this was my new life-calling, I re-qualified as a psychotherapist, then began to change the nature of the business from a Hotel to a Retreat B&B.
From this New Forest location I now run Mindfulness Retreats and Workshops. My focus and commitment is in assisting my clients in their own healing processes – no matter what challenges they may be facing.
I am filled with gratitude that my clients entrust me so fully. Each session and workshop is a mutual joy; achieved by working together through a shared process of healing.