“with our body, we are in the presence of a force and intelligence that is filled with wisdom, that is loving, flawlessly reliable, and, strange to say, worthy of our deepest devotion.” – Reginald Ray; ‘Touching Enlightenment: Finding Realisation in the Body’.
Integrative Embodied Therapy recognises the mind in your body, as much as in your brain. We sometimes need to focus more on what your body experience is, carefully bringing more detail into awareness and at other times we reflect, integrate and make meaning in words. This bodymind approach can effectively support a sustainable recovery of your relationship with yourself.
The therapeutic process helps you to recognise how your mental and physical health issues are symptoms marking the impact of what is happening in your life, and throwing you off balance. Whatever is causing stress on and within you could be a mix of everyday overwhelm, psychological and emotional pain and conflict, as well as directly from injuries, long-term illnesses or chronic conditions.
Whatever you are feeling, I aim to support you to be more at ease in your relationship with yourself in body and mind.
My therapeutic approach offers compassionate attention to your physical experiences in relation to your thoughts and emotions. In learning more about your situation, I’ll support you to build in more awareness of what resources you and to build trust in your relationship with yourself, with clearer boundaries, awareness of your needs and confidence to do what it takes to meet them.
I always tailor my therapy approach to match the ways my clients feel comfortable and want to be supported. This is important for establishing safety and continuity. Where there’s a feeling of safety, curiosity often follows and you might become interested in finding new ways to work from my integrative approach. There are also many possibilities to use floor space and movement practice to process your experience if you are familiar with moving and processing experience this way, but I always give you this choice.
You will discover more subtle awareness in your sensory experience, and learn more caring ways to respond to what your body is telling you.
Some examples of how I can help you connect to your embodied self are: guided attention, mindful movement exercises and bringing awareness and support to specific body areas via informed methods of touch. I have a clear, negotiable contract for each method of working so you can ask about these and change how we work at each moment. So there is no typical therapy ‘journey’, however, when we meet for the first time, we explore your needs and how I can best support you.
If you are interested in the theory and schools of practice which underpin my approach, follow the link: Integrative Body and Movement Therapy.
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