Briar Jacques

Director of Holistic Psychology
Mindfulness Meditation & Yoga Teacher

I was born in New Zealand, raised in Australia and have been in Dubai for eight years, working with individuals and groups on a wide range of issues. In 2018 I started The Free Spirit Project – an experiment in bringing a more integrative approach to working with people in Dubai

The central focus of my approach is helping people build and sustain an aware, honest and compassionate relationship with themselves so that they can have a vital and engaged relationship with life. While I have also had traditional training in psychological modalities, my practice has evolved over the years into a predominantly spiritual approach to psychology. I mainly use    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psychosynthesis and Somatic Experiencing in my work. 

Who do I see and how does it work? I see anyone over the age of 18 years. I tend to attract clients who want to become more conscious and are experiencing some kind of a breakthrough or spiritual crisis. This often shows up as anxiety, mental, emotional and physical burnout, confusion, interpersonal problems or just stuck patterns of unhelpful, uninspiring behaviour. 

I have also been a qualified yoga teacher and astrologer for the past 20 years. When I’m not working with people, I like to read, write, dance, hike, cook, meditate or hang out with family and friends.

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Briar Jacques has been supervised by Dr. Robyn Walser, an Acceptance and Commitment master trainer, for the past six years. 

Robyn D. Walser, PhD is Director of TL Consultation Services, staff at the National Centre for PTSD and is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. As a licensed clinical psychologist, she maintains an international training, consulting and therapy practice. Dr Walser is an expert in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and has co-authored 5 books on ACT including Learning ACT, The Mindful Couple, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, ACT for Clergy and Pastoral Counsellors: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Bridge Psychological and Spiritual Care, and The Heart of ACT: Developing a Flexible, Process-Based & Client Centred Practice using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. 

She also has expertise in traumatic stress and substance abuse and has authored several articles, chapters and books on these topics. She has been conducting ACT workshops since 1998, training in multiple formats and for multiple client problems. Dr Walser is invested in developing innovative ways to translate science into practice and continues to do research and education on the dissemination of ACT and other therapies. She has had several leadership roles in international and national organizations, and she served as Member At Large and President of the Association for Contextual and Behavioural Science, the main association that houses ACT.

Qualifications and professional bodies

  • Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling, Psychology & Sociology), Australia
  • Master’s in Counselling Psychology, Australia
  • Yoga and meditation teacher since 2002
  • Association of Contextual Behavioural Science (Professional Member)
  • American Dance Therapy Association (Professional Member)
  • ISAR

Areas of Experience

  • Meditation Training 
  • Mindfulness 
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Approaches 
  • Somatic Approaches to Healing (Yoga Therapy; Dance Therapy) 
  • Counselling Astrology