Jason Ross has been practicing in the field of psychology for more than 15years. As a counselling psychologist, his original specialisation was in sexual health. This, however, introduced him to work in various fields of psychology, from relationship counselling to illness and trauma debriefing. At this stage of his career, he has worked with almost every aspect of human struggle.
Jason has also had a life-long interest in Buddhist philosophy. “As a young man I dived headfirst into Buddhism but eventually started to find the ideas of non-self and the conservative approach to sexuality to be hindrances to my personal development, causing me to approach the teachings with a bit of hesitation. I have more recently discovered refreshing interpretations of human sexuality, theories of self and what it means to be human in more secular approaches to Buddhism. This has allowed me to engage in Buddhist Philosophy with renewed fervour and I have started to find ways of weaving it into my therapeutic work.”
Jason is at heart an existentialist and considers himself a discursive psychologist. This means that his chief interest lies in how we construct reality through language. The outcome is an exciting hive of ideas he offers on how Buddhist practices, existential ideas and postmodern psychotherapy can deeply enrich our everyday lived experiences. His approach is especially relevant in these times of global uncertainty.
Sharing his passions with his life partner, Fiona Brittion, they have set up The Centre for Purposeful Living. A therapy centre that offers:
- Individual, group and couple’s therapy.
- Movement therapy such as yoga.
- Regular philosophy and meditation workshops.
- Retreat style live-in therapy.
- The Centre is also host to sex-positive public performances such as Shibari and live gigs with talents likes Guy Buttery and Nibs Van Der Spuy.