This summer, we are thrilled to have Anil Coumar join us as a host and facilitator for Camp; he brings to the mix such depth of experience and we will all be enriched to have his input! We have already begun to discover ways that he will contribute to the curriculum as we start to plan for August.
Anil was born in Kerala, India. After completing medical school and a year of residency in psychiatry, he moved to London, U.K. in 1985. While working as a physician at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, London, he got interested in psychotherapy and decided to train as a psychoanalyst. After 2.5 years he decided to leave the analytic training and got trained in another form of psychotherapy called Transactional Analysis. He moved to the USA in 1992 and got a Master’s degree in psychology at Antioch University, Seattle. From 1994 to 2013 he worked as a mental health counselor in the Hall Health Center at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. From 2001 to 2013, he was the director of the Mental Health Clinic.
Somewhere in the late 90’s Anil accidentally came across Byron Katie and The Work. He was drawn to The Work after reading Katie’s first manuscript – “All War Belongs on Paper,” which was later published as the best seller – “Loving What Is.” He completed his first School for The Work in 2004. He has staffed several schools since then and completed the 28-day Turnaround House with Katie in 2009. He was a certified facilitator for The Work from 2007 to 2015. He has extensive experience using The Work in clinical settings at the mental health clinic at UW.
“The Work completely transformed my life, and I have been using it regularly since 1999 for myself and my patients. I find it more effective than all the other psychological treatment modalities that I trained in. I use it with my patients because it is effective, direct, and easy to learn and teach. It empowers the patient and it can be used in individual, couples and group therapy settings. Also, all of the material necessary to learn and practice The Work is available for free online. All it takes is an open mind and a willingness to answer the questions honestly. The relief is often immediate and somatic.
“I am looking forward to staffing my first Camp for The Work. I like the informal, inclusive setting of The Camp where we get to practice and LIVE The Work.”
Anil currently works in private practice as a licensed mental health counselor near the University of Washington in Seattle. He is also a clinical assistant professor in Psychiatry at UW. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on coumar.org.
Where is Bryan?
Dear Camp Community, we have a change in hosting we want to share:
Our beloved Bryan Wagner won’t be joining us this year (Don’t worry. He will be back in 2018!). He is in Toronto, Canada and adding to his rich and broad-based skill set. He is entering a one year program in Toronto for certification in Osteopathic Manuel Therapy.
We have cherished his involvement in our event and will stay connected. Best wishes friend!