How I work in practice
When we can bridge conscious and non-conscious states, we unlock the potential for change.
My therapeutic approach
I have formulated my own psycho-spiritual approach after working as a therapist for many years. My practice draws on the following therapeutic components:
The body knows how to communicate and when we include it in the therapeutic conversation, profound shifts can occur. In practice this may involve paying attention to bodily-held feelings, tension, sensations, and impulses that may arise as we talk. It is a subtle hands-off process which does not involve any touch or manipulation of the body.
The imagination is a powerful therapeutic aide: research supports its function as a bridge between conscious and non-conscious states. It can be thought of as the language of the body; we store experiences and reactions somatically that often do not have words. However they can 'speak' in the form of colour, shape, sensation and spontaneous imagery. Working in this way can enable us to integrate challenging or traumatic experiences and it is a powerful tool for self-regulation.
Resources are things of safety; meaningful memories, objects, activities or places that we can connect to - both literally and through our senses and imagination - in order to feel better. Resources can also be found in the body in the form of self-soothing gestures or grounding movements. They give us the means to self-regulate and steady ourselves when we are overwhelmed: this in turn gives us agency and choice.
Our identity is by nature composite, that is: made up of different, and sometimes conflicting parts or self-states. These are often ‘split-off’ survival reactions linked to formative experience. We tend to thrive better when we are able to connect with these parts of ourselves, even the painful or wounded parts. I often work explicitly with these parts when supporting clients with trauma.
Integrative psychotherapy emphasises relational ways of working, which means being open to how we are relating to one another in the here-and-now of therapy. How you relate to me as your therapist can reflect how you relate to others in your life, or how you were treated growing up. This can open a doorway into unresolved issues, both past and present.
Working with a psycho-spiritual framework
My background bridges psychotherapy and alternative approaches to wellbeing. In my experience when we combine the two, profound shifts can occur. In my practice this can involve drawing on aspects of regression therapy and healing in addition in addition to a psychotherapeutic focus. I will always be guided by what feels right to you.