This type of therapy gives great respect to the client's process- the client is in
charge of what is going on. Although each session will vary, depending on the needs
of each individual, I try to bring a sense of the client's own ability to trust themselves
and their own strengths.
As embodied beings we have a natural instinct to reach out and grow towards life
and light, and the human energy system works on the principle of a creative and unending
flow of energy to unite mind/body/spirit. This model looks at how we have learnt
to relate to ourselves, others and the environment and how we also manifest our history
and relationships in our bodies. What the person experiences as a difficulty or problem
is seen as a signal of emerging needs and an attempt to change. A symptom, in this
sense, contains both the meaning and the direction of the process that is trying
to unfold. I believe the therapeutic relationship is about creating the conditions
of safety to follow this process and allow it to express itself - so it can be understood,
integrated, completed, or changed. The exploration can develop through talking, movement,
creative expression, or body work depending on what emerges and feels safe and appropriate
at each stage. I also believe that expertise and wisdom lie within the individuals
and within the field of which they are a part, although they may be more or less
accessible. Trust in this and that we are innately resourceful is fundamental to
the way I work. Bodywork explores amongst other things; gesture, posture, breath,
internal body awareness, spontaneous movement, pains and illness.
I believe in the importance of going slowly. At times of change in our lives, it
is often helpful to talk through problems with another person, and to gain support
for those processes which we have begun.