Jez has been working with EASE Wellbeing since October 2020 as a clinician and part of the Project Management Team. He completed a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling at Lambeth College and is a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP), Jez studied as an integrative counsellor allowing him the flexibility to understand a person’s needs and work in a way that suits their personality and experiences. He also holds a position as an Associate Counsellor at the Royal College of Music and has over 20 years of experience studying, practicing and teaching meditation and Buddhism.
He came to counselling after contemplating the different ways in which he could use the knowledge he had accumulated over many years in understand how the mind works from an Eastern philosophical position, particularly from the point of view of how we find ourselves caught in unhelpful patterns when it comes to how we want to live.
The skills he has developed through meditation allows him to hold a space for clients to feel safe, at ease and encouraged to open up to and explore areas of difficulty, providing an environment that encourages people to slow down and to face their problems in a gentle but challenging way. The many years he has spent contemplating what it means to live a meaningful life comes across in how he engages with his clients, helping them find their own understanding of what is important, allowing them to live a more authentic life.
After leaving university with a degree in maths and finance, he spent some years working in IT and management before taking on the role of managing a meditation centre. This role involves coordinating a team of over 20 volunteers and paid staff and covers everything from overseeing the organisations charitable status to being a welcoming presence to people coming to discover meditation for the first time. This job has brought him into contact with thousands of people over the past 20 years, in which time he has noticed that many people are searching for the fundamental ability to be content and to find stability and clarity in themselves, which prompted him to study in counselling to help him further his understanding of the mind and how to address the struggles of being human.