I offer psychotherapy with a holistic approach.
This means that I work with both the body and mind as a whole, drawing on a range of therapeutic approaches (you can read more about my background, training and qualifications here).
My holistic approach involves the following aspects:
We are all made up of different and often conflicting parts or ‘self-states’, which operate in and out of our consciousness. For example, there may be a part of you that wants to express yourself but another part that inhibits or sabotages this expression. This conflict can often be located in the body, as symptoms or sensations. In therapy we may explore and make connections between different parts of ourselves in order to resolve conflict and find new ways forward.
In addition to talking and reflecting on issues we may also work with an experiential focus. This means placing an emphasis on non-analytical processes, such as imagery, sensation, impulse and how the body communicates. It is based on the theory that therapeutic change, rather than being something abstract and analytic, is a here-and-now, embodied and felt experience. It also means that your experience, however it is for you, is valued first and foremost.
Resourcing is a major aspect of my approach and comes out of my experience working with trauma. Resources are things that have meaning for us, which we can connect to in difficult times. Resources can be internal or external, literal or imaginal, intellectual or spiritual, solitary or relational. When we can draw on resources we develop the ability to remain intact in the midst of overwhelm, a process known as self-regulation. This can create agency and resilience amid the turbulence of difficult thoughts and emotions.
In my experience the greatest obstacle to healing and change is often the way we relate to ourselves. Developing compassion is not necessarily an easy thing to do when faced with the subtle and sometimes unconscious ways we can undermine, negate or sabotage ourselves. In practice, developing compassion can mean finding new resources and challenging aspects of our internal and external world.
If you are interested in therapy, it is usually best to start with an initial, exploratory session which will give us the opportunity to meet and experience how the sessions might work. Read more about arranging a session and what to expect.
Still unsure? Read more about what therapy involves.