I offer individual body-oriented therapy, based in Embodied-Relational Therapy, an approach to relational body psychotherapy, and Somatic Movement Education, a relational, developmental, sensorimotor approach to working with embodiment.
This is for anyone interested in working therapeutically with 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 have found this to be the most direct and yet easeful way to come alongside our living process and listen to what’s going on for us.
How does it help?
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 follow the process that is trying to happen without the need to explain, understand or have a story about it. This allows us to find support in ourselves and locate 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, with our environment, with our pasts and our futures. So, in witnessing this dance of relationship, we can encounter our habits, preferences and needs and learn more about how these have developed and how developmental trauma might have shaped our current relationships. 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.
What happens in a session?
Each session is shaped by your needs, so we make our own path as we go rather than following a typical structure. As well as speaking, we might make space to work with the breath, sounding, movement, guided somatic awareness, art making, being with nature, and bodywork, or in any other ways we choose that allow you to discover 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 personal development and growth through the practice of:
⁃ Cultivating deeper awareness of your self and a greater capacity for self-reflection
⁃ Discovering embodied resources
⁃ Learning skillful ways to listen to your inner process
⁃ 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 relax into a curious appreciation of 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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