"Our past is not our potential... One by one we can awaken (and) leave the prison of our conditioning to turn homeward. To conspire with and for each other. ... Whatever you may think about yourself, and however long you have thought it, you are not just you. You are a seed, a silent promise." Marilyn Ferguson
Counselling and Psychotherapy
I am an integrative therapist and will use an effective approach that suits you:
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a method that focuses on healing the whole person, physically, emotionally, and mentally. Developed in Boulder by Pat Ogden, PhD and others, it has become an internationally recognised modality of working with some of the most difficult psychological struggles. By focusing awareness on a person’s present experience, especially body sensations and movement, the client and therapist can together work through the “here and now” to effect deep change that actually alters the way information is processed in the brain. This allows for lasting transformations in a person’s experience of their bodies, their self-image, and the world around them.
"Only one therapy I know of reaches as deeply into the body as it does into the mind, and by reaching for both, touches the soul."
Ron Kurtz, Founder of the Hakomi Method.
"Sensorimotor Psychotherapy blends theory and technique from cognitive and dynamic therapy with straightforward somatic awareness and movement interventions... that promote empowerment and competency."
Dr Dan Siegel, Executive Director, Mindsight Institute.
The distress resulting from trauma registers in our bodies as well as our minds. This approach safely and effectively integrates physical sensation awareness with psychological understanding to provide an effective treatment for trauma.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy℠ treatment “shows statistically significant results in a chronic and severely ill population” in new research publication (Gene-Cos, et.al., 2016).
Internal Family Systems
The Internal Family Systems (IFS) method is a way to understand your internal system and help it transform and heal. IFS is based on the principle that there is an undamaged, resourceful self at the core of every person and that accessing and working with that self is a safe, effective way to heal other, hurt parts of the mind.
“If one accepts the basic idea that people have an innate drive towards nurturing their own health, this implies that, when people have chronic problems, something gets in the way of accessing inner resources. Recognizing this, the role of therapists is to collaborate...” Richard Schwarz, founder of IFS.
IFS Therapy is now posted on NREPP as an evidence-based practice.
NREPP is the National Registry for Evidence-based Programs and Practices, a national repository that is maintained by the U.S. government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Embodied Relational Therapy
“ERT is an holistic integrative approach focusing on two facts about human beings: we are embodied and in relationship. To be alive we need to be a body, to be alive we need to relate to others; our greatest challenges and our greatest joys follow from these twin facts.” Allison Priestman, Trainer in ERT
The style is process centred and incarnation centred, approaching human beings as united bodymindspirit, perfect with a few local difficulties. Our nature seeks to express itself freely, while at the same time protecting itself in conditions often of great difficulty. This double task of expression and protection makes us subject to contradictory pulls, and offering double messages about what we feel, want and need. Through a relationship which is supportive and non-invasive, it is possible to disentangle our doubleness and allow our process to unfold - which is what has been trying to happen all along.