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​​Counselling Services

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If you are interested please contact Maitri Retreats here.

counselling services


Spiritually-oriented counselling is an invaluable therapy for everyone but particularly for the yoga aspirant because practicing yoga often breaks open doors of an emotional and psychological nature in particular during an intensive period of training such as a YTT.  For most people, the true causes of malaise and emotional distress requires a journey of self-discovery and inner quest along with a healing and transformative path.  Psychological conflicts, emotional disorders and the suffering they engender are often caused by disconnect from our true nature and unconscious identifications with early patterns of conditioning.  We cannot free ourselves from what we are unaware of just as we cannot heal ourselves form what has not presented itself to be healed.  Spiritually-oriented counseling aims at integrating psychological and spiritual work so that the light of awareness permeates the hidden recesses of our personality and allows for a transformative process to unfold enabling us to pursue more freely our unrealized potentials and live fully.


Spiritually-oriented counselling opens a gateway for developing and embodying deeper, hidden resources within ourselves and enhancing our sense of awakening and growth. It helps integrate and heal unresolved psychological issues through acceptance of our whole being which is simply opening up to the totality of our experience and ultimately finding our sense of peace there. In this approach we try to build a bridge between psychological reflection, which facilitates self-knowledge, and the deeper awareness that comes by simply being present to the totality of our experience as it unfolds in meditative states of the mind.


This counselling is all-encompassing, taking into account both the psychological and spiritual dimensions of a person, both the conditioned personality and the unconditioned being that we all are. It encourages people to become aware of their responsibility as creators of their personal destiny and to manifest the full scope of their own lives.  It helps them experience their true nature, serenity, internal peace and be in harmony with their environment and in their relationships.


‘It may sound cliche, but I cannot find another way to put it than, I feel truly blessed that Hamid came into my life. Hamid approaches his work in a way which never asks me to show up in any particular fashion, there is nothing he wants me to figure out or change, no outcomes that I am striving for. He has gently guided me through the best and the most challenging moments in my life (past and present) with a sense of friendliness and love. Working with Hamid has allowed me to access the parts of myself and my experience that felt the most unknown, challenging, and scary. Through this process I have grown and matured and ultimately see a new my own strength, freedom, peace and happiness. I cherish our sessions and honestly love doing the ‘work’ even when it feels difficult, Hamid creates a space that feels so safe, so welcoming, where anything that surfaces is ok. Even writing these words I am softly smiling, Hamid brings so much joy to my life, I am forever grateful.’

Tina Freake

yoga teacher and owner of Touched by Yoga

I first met Hamid in Bali in 2014 where he was the Philosophy Teacher at a Yoga Teacher Training.Hamid was a fabulous teacher,combining his ten years as an Ordained Monk with his many fascinating years of life experience,into an insightful & transformative educational experience.

Over a year ago,after another failed attempt at finding a psychologist that I could make progress with,I connected with Hamid & we began Contemplative Psychology on a regular basis.

I can not recommend Hamid & his offerings highly enough,there is not a part of my heart,mind or soul that Hamid has not touched deeply with his grounded,compassionate & unique approach to “therapy”.

Hamid recognises,celebrates & helps me to be at peace with both my humanity & my divinity.

I so look forward to continuing our friendship & professional relationship for many years to come & I am especially looking forward to sitting with Hamid again at one of his extended Silent Retreats.

Deepest Gratitude,

Kitty Taylor

yoga teacher and nurse

If you are interested please contact Maitri Retreats here.

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