Learning To Play Your Mind
Learning To Play Your Mind
Dheeresh Turnbull
Dheeresh Turnbull

About me

After working for some years in an Oxfordshire Mind mental health day-centre ('Acorn'), I trained as a Cognitive Therapist at what is now the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre in 1997, gaining an overall distinction in the Postgraduate Diploma.  Before that I had been a farmworker, a busker, a student of Religious Studies and a primary schoolteacher!  I became accredited as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the BABCP in 2000, and have been re-accredited twice, in 2005 and 2010.  After some more time with Mind, I went to the Priory Hospital North London as a CBT therapist in 2001, and became the CBT Co-ordinator in 2004.  I then transferred to the Priory Brighton & Hove, and also at this time started to work with Jem Mills at Aurora CBT, with whom I am still an Associate Therapist.


Whilst still at Mind, I started to co-run Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses with Jini Lavelle & Janet Hall.  I designed my own version of this course while at the Priory, and have been running them on and off ever since.


I have been studying Zen since the early 1980s, and was ordained a Zen monk in January 2010 by Genpo Roshi, whose Big Mind technique I have incorporated into my work.  I have continued to explore the interface between therapy and the spiritual, having completed the Medicine Wheel (a shamanic training) with the Shuh Shuh Guh in 2012.  Nonetheless I continue to offer orthodox CBT for the treatment of most common psychological conditions.

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Dheeresh Turnbull B.A., M.Litt., PGCE, Dip CT, BABCP accredited

a.k.a. Shinkai Sensei

Grey Door Therapy Clinic

First Floor

36 Blatchington Road

Hove BN3 3YN


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