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Easton Hamilton is the Director of Reach and the founder of The Reach Approach. Reach is a psychotherapy and personal development practice based in the UK. This is an organisation that has been running for over 20 years and specialises in all aspects of mental health, self-improvement and various mind-body programmes. The primary premise of the organisation is that the mind cannot be properly fixed without meeting the needs of the body and the body cannot be properly fixed without meeting the requirements of the mind. Easton has worked in the field of mental health and personal development for over 30 years. After more than a decade of working with very challenging issues such as: domestic violence, drug and alcohol addiction, sexual abuse and self-harm, as well as with client groups including: asylum seekers, those fleeing war and violence and those with severe mental health problems, it became clear to him that so much of the help available only managed the presenting symptoms of the client. In fact, each agency seemed to be more bound up with their specialism or area of expertise and so the client/patient or individual striving to find a solution often was overlooked. This was not a conscious or a deliberate thing; it’s much more about the way social/caring organisations are set up. There simply isn’t a whole-person approach. In many instances it’s too time consuming and perceived to be too costly for organisations to work in this way. It requires much more time and skill and a vision that currently seems to be lacking. This is why he established Reach, an organisation specialising in the whole-person approach, primarily concerned with fixing both mind and body. Out of that desire and ambition a new holistic model has been conceived. This was never the author’s plan. It was an organic response to the various needs of those crying out for help. The Reach Approach philosophy can be summarized quite simply with the question – why focus on merely putting out fires.... doesn’t it make more sense to catch and persuade the arsonist to give up starting them in the first place?
For those of you interested in finding out more about the work that has grown out of his passion to help the individual find his/her own answers through synergy and integration, please take a closer look at www.thereachapproach.co.uk.
Easton continues to be part of a silent revolution that is concerned with the empowerment of the individual through research, education and personal development practices. Reach was conceived to play its part in that revolution and Easton has always seen that the role and work of Reach is to promote the best ways to achieve self-improvement and personal transformation, which is why he has not made the organisation’s work about himself. One of the mantras he conceived out of the mistake that he believes we humans have made throughout history is to ‘remember the message, not the messenger’ And so he invites everyone who has an interest in these subjects to be persuaded by the message if it makes sense to them but not to get side-tracked by the messenger!