Henry J. Whitfield
I always felt drawn to learn many things, even as a child. My father would tell me I’d end up ‘a jack of all trades master of none’ if I didn’t focus on one thing. I think it’s safe to say I didn’t listen to him.
My passion for studying many things led me to look for patterns that underlie more than one thing. I came to view psychology or ‘consciousness’ as the subject that underlies all other subjects: the lens through which all experience must pass. On this metalearning blog, I seek connections between disparate subjects and the shortcuts that these connections may provide to learning. Can juggling a breadth of skills bring insight and competency that single-mindedness can’t?
Ultimately the deepest learning changes who we are.
I hold Arts and Science degrees in Modern Languages and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy research and practice from London University. For over 12 years I have taught mindfulness and behaviour change to mental health professionals (including at Oxford University) and worked as a psychotherapist, now specialising in psychedelic therapy. I have taught French, Latin, Italian, Arabic, English, Spanish, and Piano. I’ve worked as a translator and interpreter between English, French and Italian. With Sage and Routledge I have published original methods in psychotherapeutic technique for helping people to change, and am also the first author on a co-authored and optioned romantic comedy German language screenplay for One Two films in Berlin, entitled ‘Double Therapy’. Other qualifications include being an Advanced Traumatic Incident Reduction trainer (for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and an Association of Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS) peer-reviewed Acceptance and Commitment therapy trainer (mindfulness informed CBT). I have applied my knowledge of personal development and behaviour change to organisations, helping them resolve internal conflicts and move towards ‘Teal’ self management. Since late 2018 I work as a researcher affiliated to Regent’s University London, investigating psychedelic integration therapy.