For me, psychotherapy is about working with the whole of the person, including the body, mind, emotions and spirit (whatever this might mean to you).
I believe that everyone is unique, so I tailor my approach to meet each person’s individual needs while working at a pace that is right for them.
I see the relationship that develops between therapist and client as a key tool for change.
I see my role in therapy as more of a facilitator than ‘expert’, since each person holds a deeper intelligence that knows where s/he needs to go and how to get there, and will do so given the right conditions of warmth, attunement, safety and empathy.
I see psychotherapy as a form of soulwork. By “soul”, I am referring to that part of ourselves that values depth, mystery, embodiment and relatedness. I believe that the “work” of psychotherapy is less about self-improvement and fixing problems and more about taking the risk to trust and listen to that part of ourselves that sees beyond the ordinary or everyday. This can enable us to move beyond what we think we know, creating the possibility to live a more meaningful, expanded and embodied life.
Finally, I enjoy working with people in a way that supports them to develop more confidence in their ability to make creative choices, and live more fulfilling, embodied lives.
My general approach is informed by a variety of techniques and influences including: humanistic, transpersonal and psychodynamic perspectives; Buddhist schools of thought; my training in Core Process Psychotherapy; my practice of mindfulness, yoga and dance; my experience of individual psychotherapy; continuing professional development and personal life experiences.
- John Bowlby and Attachment Theory, an established area of work outlining the four basic attachment styles that are created as a result of our early relationship with our primary caregiver
- New developments in Pre- and Perinatal Consciousness. This is an exciting area of enquiry which explores and describes how our experience of conception and birth lays the foundations (also known as primary patterns) of our essential worldview and sense of ‘place’ in the world. It also looks at the impact of transgenerational influences, including trauma
- Current research into neuroplasticity and the impact of trauma and attachment upon brain development, as described in the work of Peter Levine and Bessel van der Kolk
- The Solutions Focused Approach developed in America in the 1980s by Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg, which looks at how to recognise and build upon our strengths
- The work of Carl Jung, James Hillman and Thomas Moore, who describe how the Soul and Deep Imagination, including myths, symbols and dreams, provides us with opportunities for healing and integration.