Srik Narayanan MA (Cantab) MSci MSc RSME
I locate my work at the confluence of relational body psychotherapy, dance/movement and somatic practices, and ecopsychology.
Amongst my relevant training and qualifications:
I hold the Advanced Diploma in Embodied-Relational Therapy (ERT), an approach to relational body psychotherapy. I am certified to practice ERT and am a member of the Embodied-Relational Therapy Association.
I also hold the Diploma in Wild Therapy, a related therapeutic approach within the field of ecopsychology.
I am a member of the British Focusing Association (BFA) and recognised by the BFA as a Focusing Practitioner and Focusing Teacher, and by The International Focusing Institute as a Focusing Trainer/Certified Focusing Professional.
I am a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and professional member of ISMETA, as a graduate of the programme in Body-Mind Centering, an experiential, somatic approach which unites the anatomical, physiological, psychophysical, and developmental aspects of embodiment.
My practice also draws significantly from my training in Authentic Movement and humanistic and psychodynamic counselling, as well as my longstanding engagement with contemplative practice, dance, improvisation, drama, performance, creative practice and my own psychotherapy.
My approach to practice is that it is always an enquiry. My trainings have, above all, offered me skills that allow me to rest in a position of not knowing, so that I can be curious about the unexpected and receptive to what is emerging. I value the potential for learning through every encounter in life, be that with other humans or the other-than-human.
In all aspects of my life I am committed to finding ways to work with nature rather than against it. As well as connecting to the nature that is my bodily being, an important part of my practice is to nurture my connection to the land. It is through the earth that I feel more profoundly that I am embodied.
Acknowledging this felt connection helps me honour my wholeness, witness my relatedness and celebrate the spontaneous dance of living in all it brings. It offers a path of healing which, for me, is both personal and political – as our bodily experiences are all too easily marginalised, and the land all too easily exploited, embodiment becomes a form of activism.