I offer individual body-oriented therapy, based in Embodied-Relational Therapy (an approach to relational body psychotherapy) and Somatic Movement Education (a relational, developmental approach to working with embodiment and sensorimotor patterning).
This is for anyone who has a curiosity about working through the body. It may be particularly suitable if you are seeking a renewed or deeper connection with your body, would like to invite more creativity and spontaneity into your life, or would like to support your creative process. Working through the body simply means giving more space to our bodily experience. I believe this is the most direct way to access our process of living and listen to what’s going on for us.
When we feel stuck or overwhelmed, the forward movement of our lives may seem lost. Working through the body we can discover the felt sense of any situation and through this wisdom we can find the resources we need to carry forward what needs to be carried forward.
My approach focuses on relationship. Through our embodiment, we are always in relationship with other persons and with our environment, so in witnessing this dance between self and other, we can encounter our own developmental patterns, learn more about our current habits, preferences and needs, and support working through our developmental traumas. This opens up the potential for more choice in our ways of being, allowing more awareness, spontaneity, relaxation, fluidity, energy, ease and creativity into our lives.
By relating to you as a person-in-the-world, receiving your whole being rather than only your mind, your body, a role you fulfil, or a problem you have, I offer you the space to find more support for the parts of yourself that may be seeking expression and accompany you in that process. In meeting your own nature deeply you may find your own ways to be more resourced in meeting others.
In a session, as well as speaking, we might make space to discover ways to work with the breath, sounding, movement, guided somatic awareness, imagery, being with nature, and bodywork, or in any other ways we choose that allow you to locate and express what perhaps cannot be said very easily. Whichever channels we use, my approach encourages you to trust and learn from your own experience. This supports your own personal development and growth through the practice of:
⁃ Cultivating deeper awareness of your self and a greater capacity for self-reflection
⁃ Discovering embodied resources
⁃ Experiencing your embodiment and recognising the ways in which your development patterns your experiencing
⁃ Finding support for more functional and expressive movement of your body
⁃ Witnessing how your somatic process of living supports your being in the world.
I offer a safe, supportive and receptive space for playful experimentation and creative self-enquiry, working at your own pace, free from judgement, interpretation, diagnosis, advice, or the need to achieve anything. In my experience, when such conditions are offered by another person we have the potential to listen deeply to our own nature and find the courage to be ourselves – however difficult that may be – in the unfolding dance of our lives.
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