I am a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist, a practice that encompasses a variety of approaches, that is person centred and holds a space of unconditional positive regard. My approach is client led, meaning that you as client are steering the ship so to speak while I will hold and provide guidance and support on this journey.
Therefore, we work together to build a foundation of resources, felt and embodied by you so that each week and on into the future, you will always have that resource and are enabled to carry it forth in your life. For me this is an essential part of therapy.
You, the client, are rebuilding and reforming new pathways in the brain and body allowing a new way to be in the world. I work experientially, informed by and drawing upon humanistic and psychodynamic perspectives to allow you to understand, tolerate and safely express your stronger or indeed gentler feelings.
This experience can help you restore a sense of equilibrium in your connections with the self and others. This can include working with belief systems, defences, blocks and behavioural patterns. Working somatically can help access the felt sense and combined with talk therapy the work can facilitate ego building, understanding, finding resources and coping mechanisms.
I use body posture, breath, voice and movement to raise awareness around my clients’ experience, both subjective and objective, that at times can get stuck in talk therapy alone.
I enjoy working in the here and now with clients and I believe in the power of witness and human connection within the therapeutic relationship. I also find the Biodynamic massage to be a huge resource in my work. Not always, but for some clients, touch and physical holding can be the key to a much needed emotional release and relief.
I have seen such transformations when the client can tap into their own body’s intelligence to find resource rather than searching through words and cognitive avenues. I use somatic based techniques to support the client to find ways of communicating their needs through the felt sense in the body and again in this deep listening, holding and relating space, being with what is present for the client.