About Jane

Jane Bird, Dip AP

Member & Hon. Fellow British Autogenic Society (BAS)
Member British Association of Social Functioning  (BASF)

Helping people help themselves

I originally trained as a nurse and have been grateful ever since for that introduction to the rewards of working with people. Later, through my own circumstances, I needed help for myself and found Autogenic Training (AT) in its infancy in the UK. My own process was the first experience of the surprises AT can provoke in any individual. I became increasingly fascinated.

I trained as an autogenic therapist with the late Dr Wolfgang Luthe (a leading researcher of AT) and have worked with AT as a specialist in short-term self-help since the 1980s.

As a Founder Member of the British Autogenic Society I have served on its Executive Committee for many years, and currently as a Trustee. I am a tutor and supervisor on the BAS Postgraduate Certificate in Autogenic Training professional training courses, much enjoying supporting new therapists.

I run AT courses in private practice, the workplace and complementary health centres.

I am currently working as Senior Autogenic Therapist (one of a team of four) at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, Great Ormond Street WC1 where Autogenic Training
has been on offer to NHS patients for over 30 years.

I work with all age groups. I believe that each person has the power to make profound changes in life, using simple strategies to change attitudes and old habits.  My aim is to help people help themselves to improve their well-being, and gain insight for personal growth and development.

My style is to allow the client’s process of change with positive encouragement and gentle challenge in a supportive and safe setting.

Corporate stress management

I have worked with AT in companies, and markedly reduced absentee levels.

Co-author of:

‘Autogenic Therapy: self-help for mind and body’ published by Gill & Macmillan 2002