I offer both short term counselling and longer term psychotherapy. You may have an idea of what you would like to work on, or this may be something we can explore together. I find that this often develops as I get to know my clients and a level of trust and connection is formed.
My training is Integrative, which means that I am able to draw upon a number of different approaches to therapy. I value the uniqueness of my clients and respect that we all have our own individual stories. I also work under the belief that we are all connected. The way we view ourselves is connected to our relationship with others, and the way others view us is connected to the way we view ourselves.
How do our earlier experiences and relationships affect the way we relate with others today?
How do you relate with others and how do others relate with you?
Co-creatively, we will work together. At times this will involve working with the 'here and now', bringing our awareness into the present moment to explore what happens in the room between us, helping you to better understand your patterns of relating with others.
You may be experiencing a pull towards exploring painful or traumatic experiences from the past. This can often feel overwhelming and too much to be with, and this is completely understandable. Or perhaps you have always felt different, like an outsider looking in, never feeling like you fit into this world. Feeling that you will never be accepted by others for who you are, is deeply painful. There is often an inner conflict, a yearning for a sense of belonging and connection and a fear of judgement, rejection, abandonment and humiliation. Perhaps you have experienced these things in the past and understandably want to protect yourself from being hurt in this way.
You may not yet understand what you need support with, and this is ok. Perhaps something just doesn't feel right. Maybe you are feeling unfulfilled and lost, stuck in life, experiencing anxiety, anger or a persistent low mood. Whatever the present concern, therapy offers you a safe, non-judgemental and supportive environment whereby these issues can be explored sensitively and at the right pace for you.
I believe that the mind and body need to work together. Many people find that they spend the majority of their time in their head, there is a mind-body disconnect. Depending on our experiences, the body can often be neglected, rejected, dismissed as unimportant or feared. It can feel safer to be in the head as to connect with emotions held in the body can feel too overwhelming and unsafe. Or perhaps being in the head is considered the norm, feelings and emotions are either not recognised and accepted or they are talked about rather than felt. People who suffer with anxiety spend a lot of time in their heads worrying. They are rarely in their bodies, feeling into the present moment, being in the 'here and now'.
I believe in the importance of working with the mind and body, re-connecting the two. This involves working with the 'here and now' awareness process and focusing internally. Learning to trust our inner guidance system, our intuition and to really listen to what our bodies are trying to tell us is an important part of the healing process.
Are you seeking to reconnect with your body?